Most young boys wouldn’t see themselves celebrating their ninth birthday at a charity golf tournament, but then most boys haven’t been through what Trip Black has.
Burned in an unfortunate campfire accident at the age of four, Kenneth “Trip” Black was flown to the Johns Hopkins Burn Treatment Center in Baltimore, MD—the closest trauma facility of its kind to his home in Camden, DE. Trip has undergone several difficult surgeries and procedures to heal his injuries caused by the fire and he continues to receive care there.
Trip and his mom, Summer, were special guests at the 35th Annual Tower Classic Golf Tournament, hosted by the TowerCares Foundation on June 2 at Renditions Golf Club in Davidsonville, MD, to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Over 100 golfers participated in this year’s event, which included a full day of golf, lunch, prizes, raffles and giveaways. Tournament proceeds from players, sponsors, and donations from the business community totaled $15,000. An additional $10,000 was provided through CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match program. Tower donated an additional $18,000, bringing the day’s total donation to $43,000. The money for Tower’s donation was raised earlier this year by Tower employees and members during our annual “Have a Heart” campaign.
During lunch at the tournament, Trip and Summer spoke about how thankful they both are to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for the excellent care Trip has received there, and for organizations like TowerCares whose donations help provide among other things, toys, furniture, and items that create a comforting, home-like environment for critically ill children and their families.
TowerCares representatives surprised Trip with a birthday cake and balloons, and he beamed as the entire group sang “Happy Birthday.” The surprises didn’t stop there: when TowerCares Board member Allen Brisentine found out he won a new set of golf clubs in a raffle, he immediately turned and presented Trip with the clubs as a birthday present.
Another highlight of the day was a visit from “Scruggs,” an energetic two-year old yellow Labrador Retriever who is part of Hero Dogs, a non-profit organization that raises, trains and places service dogs with veterans. Scruggs was accompanied by Barbara Ramundo, Hero Dogs’ Deputy Director. Located in Brookeville, MD, Hero Dogs is a recent charitable grant recipient of the TowerCares Foundation.