The opportunity to take the leap and “fly in the President’s footsteps” will be one of the priceless charity auction items available to the public at the 14th George H.W. Bush Cape Arundel Celebrity Golf Classic June 20 and 21 in Kennebunkport, Maine. U.S. Army Golden Knights Captain Mike Elliott (ret.), who performed three famed tandem parachute jumps with President Bush, will donate a tandem jump experience for auction at the event’s “Point of Light Gala” held at the seafront Colony Hotel on Monday night, June 20.
“As a former Commander in Chief…and on a personal level…working with you has been one of the great joys of my life,” President Bush wrote to Elliott in a letter. “I can’t think of anyone with whom I’d rather jump out of a perfectly good airplane.” Former First Lady Barbara Bush nervously supported her husband when the 41st President, celebrated his 80, 85th and 90th birthdays by parachuting with Elliott. Mrs. Bush will serve as Honorary Chair of the Golf Classic just after celebrating her own birthday and the former President’s 92nd birthday.
Other Presidential-themed items are available for bid at the gala, but the golf tournament experience itself is priceless. It’s a cozy affair contested over the classic, Walter Travis-designed links at Cape Arundel Golf Club – the course beloved by generations of the Bush family and very near their iconic, oceanfront Walker’s Point home. A “Point of Light Award,” will be presented at the gala. Nominations are now being accepted for the Award, which recognizes a volunteer for their outstanding service and contributions for the betterment of Gary’s House.
Celebrities such as CBS Sportscaster Jim Nantz; Boston Bruins hockey legend Derek Sanderson and Fox News host Greta Van Susteren have attended the event in recent years. Many others have participated to help raise more than $2-million to support Gary’s House, Mercy Hospital’s home away from home for families with a hospitalized loved one, facing unforeseen, and often dire, circumstances. While Gary’s House is a program of Mercy Hospital, it welcomes families utilizing any nearby medical facility – including Maine Medical Center, NE Rehabilitation, and Spring Harbor – while their loved ones receive critical medical care. Named after Gary Pike, the home is a tribute to this young man’s final wish before succumbing to cancer at 21 years old.
To enter a foursome in the tournament, attend the gala, or participate as a sponsor, visit www.GeorgeBushCelebrityGolf.org