Baby Braden Petska

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Heart of Gold Fundraiser

Hello Everyone,

It's hard to believe that we are less than a month away from our 4th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser! Registration forms have been sent, and we apologize if you did not receive one by mail. We might not have your address in our mailing system, so please let us know your address for future mailings if you did not receive a form by mail. You can e-mail us @

Date: Saturday, August 14 at 12pm at Twin Lakes Country Club in Twin Lakes, WI. Registration will be at 11pm, shotgun start at 12pm - please note that this is one hour earlier than in previous years! Dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment to follow golfing. The golf package includes 18 holes of golf, a brat and beer lunch , as well as dinner, all for $90.

Non-golfing dinner guests are welcome, but pre-registration is required. The cost is only $25 for dinner ($10 for kids 12 and under). Please fill out the same form as the golfers in the dinner guest section.

Please remember registration ends July 24th or when we reach our limit of 144 golfers (300 total for dinner).

If you cannot attend, but would like to make a contribution, you can sponsor a hole or donate an item to our silent auction.

Since Heart of Gold Charity's 1st Annual Golf Outing in 2007, we have raised over $60,000 which has allowed us to give back in the following ways:
245 Gift Bags to New Heart Families at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
$16,000 in Medical Scholarships
$14,000 to the Herma Heart Center (at CHW) for Cardiac Research (I put the incorrect total in a previous e-mail sent out)
$7,000 to the Ronald McDonald House

Please join us on August 14th to continue Heart of Gold Charity's Mission: To assist new heart families, inspire young individuals pursuing a career in medicine, support cardiac research, raise awareness of CHD, and continue to honor the legacy and memory of Braden Gregory Petska.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think may be interested in golfing, coming to dinner, or making a contribution.

Also, don't forget about our pop-tab challenge - bring in your pop-tabs to be weighed. The one with the most tabs (by weight) wins a prize!


The link below is currently on the Brigg's & Al Website to help advertise for this year's run/walk set for Saturday, October 9th, 2010. We feel honored to have been a part of this video. This was the video they filmed back in January - I think I blogged about it. There were many moments when Owen was hollering in the background - it was hard to stay focused and not smile when he was chiming in.
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I Can't Believe You're Gone by Kenny Chesney:
Sunny days seem to hurt the most
Wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
I see your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
Still can't believe you're gone


Playing, laughing, running, singing, dancing, jumping, snuggling, hugging, smiling, breathing, talking, learning, living, loving, and being the best at being you....we miss you B. Soon will be the day you will be four years old! It seems impossible to miss you more and more each day, but I guess nothing is impossible.

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Here are recent photos of our ever-growing Owen. He was close to 30 lbs at his 1 year appointment, so we think he has reached this weight with being close to 14 months now. He is busy, curious, sweet, flirtatious, happy, easy-going, gentle, and inquisitive. He is a daddy's boy who loves to rough house but loves to snuggle with his mama:)

The one photo is by Kim - she helped take pics for a helmet calendar contest. We should know in a few months if he made the calendar!