I was born and raised a huge New England sports fan, so one of my first events in the sports marketing world was a doozie! I drove just a couple of miles from home to Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, MA, where I joined current and legendary players from our Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Revolution teams for an afternoon of golf.
In this first shot, you’ll see current/former New England Patriots players Troy Brown, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Vince Wilfork, posing alongside David Wood, the general manager of Willowbend, and Denise Durham-Williams, executive director of One Family Inc.
Did these guys get professional smile training or what?! These pearly whites were shining throughout the whole event.
Also participating in the charity golf tournament was current Patriots tackler Matt Light. I’d like to say Matt was giving the “#1” symbol here after his first tee-off, but he was actually saying “don’t worry, I’ve got it” after a mulligan shot. Sorry Matt!
I managed to capture Troy Brown horsing around with Julian Edelman – the young man drafted this year to Troy’s former position as Patriots wide receiver.
Several Revolution players joined the festivities as well, including Taylor Twellman who was lauded as Bay State’s #1 Bachelor the very same day!
Also in attendance were legends Steve Grogan (Patriots), Ray Bourque (Bruins), Luis Tiant (Red Sox) and Reggie Lemelin (Bruins).
… and Will McDonough was there, known most affectionately as “Tom Brady’s Best Friend“.
The course was gorgeous in the middle of cranberry harvest season, and the festivities included a longest-drive and putting contest. There was a silent auction and a short live auction during the cocktail hour and dinner, emceed by sports reporter Steve Burton.
And of course there was a DOG!!! This is Zeus, who’s calling in life is to chase geese! Thanks for stopping for a photo with the little people, Zeus!
Seen chuckling with friends and athletes throughout the event was a man we’ve enjoyed seeing around Cape Cod for quite some time. Paul Fireman is a self-made billionaire – former chairman of Reebok, owner of elite golf clubs such as Willowbend, and founder (with wife Phyllis) of One Family Inc., an organization focused on ending family homelessness in Massachusetts.
More photos of the day can be found HERE.