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Lending a Helping Hand


Lending a Helping Hand
Vongvanij opens up the bank to help New Orleans
The good people of New Orleans labored countless hours over the past year to organize the Audubon Golf Trail Top 100 presented by: Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Their goal was simply to make the event the best tournament on the AJGA schedule. Unfortunately, their efforts became moot when the event was washed out by Hurricane Katrina.

Vongvanij at the 2005 HP Boys Junior Championship.
Now, as New Orleans and other communities along the Golf Coast recover and rebuild their homes and businesses, there are many ways to help. In a letter to Stephen Hamblin, Arnond Vongvanij offers a simple suggestion for the would-be participants of the Top 100 event.

The following letter was sent on September 9 to Stephen Hamblin, executive director of the AJGA. The Fore!Kids Foundation helps more than 100,000 children in the New Orleans community, primarily through the proceeds generated from the PGA TOUR event at the TPC of Louisiana – the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

"The Fore!Kids Foundation’s mission is to raise money for children’s charities through golf-related events,” John Subers, President/CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, wrote in an open letter to the PGA TOUR community. “As many homes and lives have been destroyed through this disaster, this mission has never been more important than it is now. The social service agencies our Foundation supports are critical to the ongoing recovery of family and children in our community.”

By conducting all the fundraising for the AJGA tournament in New Orleans, The Fore!Kids Foundation is the driving force behind the event. In the letter, below, Arnond Vongvanij offers a way to help the organization that has given tremendous help to the junior golfers of the AJGA:


Dear Mr. Hamblin,

I was one of the junior golfers who registered to play at the Audubon Golf Trail Top 100 at New Orleans at the end of September. I was very excited to play at this tournament but very sad to find the unfortunate situation that happened to New Orleans and the people who live there.

Since the tournament has been cancelled and AJGA decided to give refunds back to all the registered players, I would like to contribute my refund money to the FORE!Kids Foundation through the AJGA so that the foundation can use it to help support children in New Orleans. May I suggest the AJGA asks other players if they would like to join me and add up this contribution amount. I strongly believe that there will be many other junior golfers, friends of mine that are willing to do the same thing.

This past week my family did make some contribution to the Red Cross, however I feel that it will never be enough.

Thank you very much for your kind attention. If I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sincerely yours,

Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij

To donate to the Fore!Kids Foundation, please choose a link:

I (or my son/daughter) was in the field for the Audubon Golf Trail Top 100

I was not in the field for the Audubon Golf Trail Top 100, but would like to donate

The Fore!Kids Foundation is a group of men and women dedicated to raising funds for children’s charities. As a 501c3 corporation, Fore!Kids generates funds through the production of golf related events to support activities and programs benefiting youth.

Please note
: the AJGA Web site will be down from 12 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 through 8 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26. Therefore, you will not be able to make donations at that time.