The 3rd Annual Christian Brothers' Classic was a smashing success Monday, with 288 total golfers (144 on each the "old" and "new" course) at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion.
The outing, which was held in memory of the late Ed Martel, '87, raised a school-record $52,000 for De La Salle Collegiate. Martel passed away on September 29, 2018, after a long battle with cancer -- which he was first diagnosed in 2000.
The day wouldn't have been possible without tremendous support from HealthQuest Physical Therapy, the Christian Financial Credit Union, Top Cat Sales, Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, Dr. Kevin Hanlon & Dr. James Kehoe, and a myriad of other sponsors. Among many things, the outing consisted of a fun round of golf, a barbecue lunch at the turn, and some great drinks during a pre-and-post-Cocktail Hour sponsored by Schena Roofing.
The day also featured skins, closest-to-the-pin, and longest-drive contests, as well as hole-in-one contests sponsored by Kanga Roof, Russ Milne Ford, the Tim Crawford Insurance Company, and Auxiom.
The Christian Financial Credit Union, for one, has been a supporter of the Christian Brothers’ Classic since its inception -- something that CFCU Director of Business Development & Community Outreach Christine Quitter is extremely proud of.
“We know how critically important it is for the school to receive funding to help open doors of opportunity for young men who would not otherwise have the opportunity to obtain a Catholic-based education. One of Christian Financial’s core values is making an impact in the communities we serve. Our partnership with De La Salle Collegiate High School is a natural fit, considering the history of both of our organizations,” Quitter said. “It has been tremendously rewarding to see several alumni of the Honors Banking course attend college and pursue successful careers in finance, investments and banking. We have enjoyed this partnership and the impact it has made for De La Salle and for our community.”
Nobody sunk a hole in one and won a free roof from Kanga Roof or a free car from Russ Milne Ford. However, that's not what the day was about. Instead, it focused on both raising money for De La Salle and honoring the lives and legacies of two great Lasallian men: Martel and former DLS president, Br. Bob Carnaghi, FSC SJ '48.
Julie Martel, the co-founder/co-owner of HealthQuest and the wife to the late Ed Martel, believes the outing and its purpose epitomize the values that her husband stood for.
“It’s touching to me how strong the De La Salle alumni base is, supporting kids that may not be able to attend the school without outside support,” Julie said. “When you lose someone, it’s hard to let go. You want to make sure they’re remembered. So, to be able to have Ed’s businesses and alma mater -- that he so dearly loved -- work together to help others and raise money for DLS, it just completely exemplifies the man that Ed was.”
Br. Bob was presented with the Ed Martel Award -- which De La Salle Advancement Director Greg Esler accepted on behalf of Br. Bob -- for his numerous contributions to DLS over the years, including the immense impact he had on molding countless boys into men. Br. Bob served as the school's president from 2002-11, and passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021, at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, N.J.
"Br. Bob would have been very pleased to accept the Ed Martel Award," Esler said. "Both Br. Bob and Eddie (Martel) touched so many lives in a positive way. Two true icons in Pilot nation."
De La Salle Alumni Relations Director Dennis Koch, ‘94, was touched by the tributes to Martel and Br. Bob, and was very pleased with how the day, as a whole, turned out.
“The turnout Monday was fantastic, and it was just another example of how strong the De La Salle alumni base truly is,” Koch said. “De La Salle would be unable to stay alive and thrive without the great support of our alums and friends of the school. And, this year’s Christian Brothers’ Classic further exemplified how amazing that support is. Thanks to all those who were in attendance Monday, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the 4th Annual Christian Brothers’ Classic, too.”
Next year's Christian Brothers' Classic Golf Outing will be held June 20, 2022, at Indianwood Golf & Country Club.