Golf Scramble Combines Iconic Field Day With Charity Golf Tournament June 2 5/27/16 05/26/16 11:15:33 PM
Golf Scramble 2016 won’t look a whole lot different than Field Day 2015.
Golf Scramble Combines
Iconic Field Day With Charity
Golf Tournament June 2
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The Omaha Bar Association’s Field Day has been an annual tradition for more years than people can remember – at least 60. While there were changes in the past in the venue, cost, and peripheral activities to the tent pole of golf, it has basically remained a day away from the office on the first Monday in June.
The year 2016 will be different.
As OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers explained in the May issue of the OBA Newsletter, “Field Day has been a mainstay event for decades, with attorneys and judges from around town taking a day from the courtroom and exchanging it for a day on the golf course.”
But, he said, a recent trend is “the unfortunate dwindling of attendance numbers.”
For many years, golfers convened at the Omaha Country Club. Since 2001, the primary location has been the Champions Club, with spillover at Indian Creek, then Stone Creek and Pacific Springs.
“Many great stories and memories exist from Field Day: from the (formerly) free buffet dinners and prize drawings, to the jokes told by event chair Judge Coffey, to the legendary card games of pitch that started at 4 p.m. and wouldn’t end until the wee hours of the morning,” Sommers said.
“The event used to fill two flights at Champions and have a spillover flight at Stone Creek and/or Pacific Springs; [it’s just] not so anymore. The last two years saw approximately 120 golfers each year. Attempts to ‘reset’ the event to increase numbers haven’t seen much success,” Sommers said.
“With all that being said, the Omaha Bar Association is trying something new for 2016: we are partnering with Legal Aid of Nebraska to help host their annual ‘scramble’ golf outing and reception,” he said.
“Last year the Legal Aid Scramble garnered 110 golfers to our 120, and their scramble took place the Friday before our Monday outing. We [both OBA and Legal Aid] are hoping that by combining forces this year, we can push the joint event to closer to 200 golfers, and raise some significant funds to support Legal Aid’s operations.
District Court Judge Michael Coffey, longtime chair of the Field Day committee said, “The goal is to increase participation in the golf outing. Hopefully, this year’s event will attract more golfers, and more young people.”
“We hope that the event’s focus as a fundraiser for a good cause can convince a large number of the OBA members to come out and support golfing for a good cause. All proceeds from the event will go to Legal Aid,” Sommers said.
Sommers also pointed out a notable difference: The event is not exclusive to OBA Members, as Field Day has been traditionally. Attorneys are invited to include in their foursome their clients and/or vendors. So even if this is not a permanent change, it is a wonderful opportunity to include people you’d like to reward this year.
In addition to this year’s event location, Indian Creek Golf Course, another change is the day of the week: this golf outing will take place on June 2 – a Thursday, not a Monday.
But there are also many similarities: There will be prizes, food and drink at the after-party, dinner and most of all, lots and lots of fun.
“This year we decided to concentrate on quality raffle prizes, so we won’t have a silent auction,” Katie Timperley Mock, director of development at Legal Aid of Nebraska, said. “We decided to go the ‘tech route’ this year, so we have some pretty great prizes, including an Apple watch, a GoPro, and iPad Air 2, mini Bose speakers and more.”
This is the fourth year for the Legal Aid Scramble, started by the development council of Fidelity National Title Group who was looking to raise funds for a non-profit that would make a big impact in the legal community. Legal Aid was their answer.
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to work with the Omaha Bar Association who has long been committed to equal access to justice. It was only natural that we collaborate on this fundraising event,” Mock said.
The presenting sponsors are: Fidelity National Title Group (founder of the event) and American National Bank. Other sponsors include: Headsets by Headsetters, Jackson Lewis, Cox Business, SilverStone Group, Kutak Rock LLP, Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia PC LLO, Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas, Fraser Stryker PC LLO, and McNamara Law Firm.
“Will this be a permanent change, with OBA Field Day no longer existing?” Sommers asked. “We can’t say; we are focused on making this year’s event the best possible, and reassessing afterwards.” There will be a member survey this summer, as well as a task force (volunteers accepted) to decide how to go forward, he said.
While the deadline for the after-party has passed, you can find out if there is still room for more golfers. Call Katie Mock at 402-348-1069 x268 for more information.