On August 14, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) held its 23rd annual Swinging "Fore" Scholarships Golf Outing fundraiser at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, MI.
According to Kim Ziomek, AWAF secretary and co-chair for the AWAF golf event and fundraiser for scholarships, and Sherry Irwin, AWAF professional development and co-chair for the AWAF golf event and fundraiser for scholarships, “Mother Nature collaborated with over 115 golfers to provide a sunny but breezy day for golf. All the participants enjoyed the course and had the opportunity to win hole-in-ones, longest drive contests and closest to the pin.”
In addition to using the event as an opportunity to teach attendees about the association, AWAF presented four $2,500 scholarships from AWAF, Magna, and Warner Norcross & Judd.
Ziomek explained, “The AWAF Annual Fundraiser focuses on raising funds for scholarships that support women who are either entering into or continuing their education in the automotive arena. Since 2001, AWAF has awarded close to $400,000 in scholarships to over 155 students. In addition, the event provides the opportunity for women and men in automotive to network with other professionals that they do not have the opportunity to meet in their everyday business activities.
“First and foremost, the event was successful in raising funds to support our AWAF scholarship program. In addition, it was both a fun and challenging opportunity to enhance participants' golf games and to have meaningful business conversations with colleagues who share similar career paths and challenges for career growth. The attendees liked the event, which was hosted for the first time at Indianwood. We played the Old Course, which is a very challenging track that has hosted PGA and LPGA events throughout the years.
“In addition, AWAF offered the ‘first ever’ electronic bidding on great items like jewelry from MB Jewelers in Bloomfield Hills, sports memorabilia from DC Sports, a night out on the town and bed & breakfast packages from trendy, new Detroit-area hotels, rounds of golf at various prestigious country clubs in the Detroit area, events at various sports games and personal pampering baskets---to name just a few of the prizes. All proceeds from our auction go to the AWAF scholarship fund.