Rod Stout’s love for golf inspired him to volunteer at the inaugural Boeing Classic golf tournament in 2005. The people he has met and the tournament’s support for Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) have kept him coming back every year since.
“I’ve always enjoyed watching and playing golf, and the more I learn about BRI, the more impressed I am,” Rod says. “They do amazing work and I’m very happy to support them.”
Hank Schaeffer, who worked for Boeing for over 20 years, also loves golf – so it was a no-brainer for him to get involved with the Boeing Classic early on. He has chaired the volunteer support committee, which makes sure the tournament is fully staffed, for over a decade. He even convinced his whole family to volunteer on his committee this year.
“Some years it’s hot, some years it’s raining, and some years it’s perfect, but it’s always fun – and it's a great opportunity to give back to the community,” Hank says.The Boeing Classic is a PGA Tour Champions event that brings in golf stars like Fred Couples and Scott Parel. It has been BRI’s biggest fundraiser since 2010, and Rod and Hank are among the over 800 volunteers who are responsible for everything from coordinating transportation and parking to keeping score.
“We’re so thankful for all of our volunteers,” says Tournament Manager Sarah Coyan. “The tournament wouldn’t be possible without them.”
The 2019 event starts Monday, Aug. 19, with the Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge, where people sign up to golf with local professional sports and business celebrities. The event also offers a Youth Clinic and two days for sponsors and partners to play in the Korean Air Pro-Am. The official Boeing Classic tees off on Friday, Aug. 23.
“BRI’s mission is to predict, prevent, reverse and cure immune systems diseases like type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus and more,” says BRI President Jane Buckner, MD. “The Boeing Classic has raised millions of dollars that move us closer to accomplishing that mission.”
The Boeing Classic is always looking for volunteers! To learn more or to sign up, please visit their website.