The seventh annual ALS/MDA Charity Golf Tournament at Cedarbrook Country Club was held in honor of former PVH supervisor Larry Kincaid whose life exemplified making a difference on those around him and still does today, according to organizers.
More than 64 teams and 240-plus people golfed in the late Kincaid’s honor on Friday as golfers continued to remark about how this man continually inspired and encouraged them while living and fighting through ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Kincaid’s daughter, Krystal Meyers, said she believed her father was smiling down on those at Friday’s tournament and called herself blessed having a father like Kincaid. Her husband Jeff and son Trey (Kincaid’s grandson) said it was emotional and also felt him there with them.
This year’s tournament was particularly “bittersweet,” said Meyers. It is the first one without Kincaid, who passed away in December from ALS. Golfers remarked on the emotional feeling present with them all the way from company executives to volunteers and several traveling from out of town. Several also remarked how golf was secondary in the tournament to uplifting and honoring a man who cared so much for others and even in the darkest throws of the disease kept them inspired.
Business cards were given out reading, Larry Kincaid, “Making a Difference,” followed by one of his sayings, “When we get up each day, we have a choice to make. We can gripe and complain, or we can make a decision to help someone…Let’s always choose to help someone.” The verse 4:13 from the book of Philippians was also on the card.
In a video aired throughout the day during the tournament, Kincaid, while fighting through the illness, is seen with a gleam in his eyes coaching employees and executives, that “gratitude” and “attitude” will help people find love in their hearts. He said he later found himself actually blessed to have it because it had become a tool to help others. He said when he began to ponder “Why me?” briefly, he turned it around and thought to himself, “Why not me?”
The video also showed the enduring business and personal relationship Kincaid fostered with PVH employees and the impact his life made on many still evident at work through family, company executives and workers and famous apparel names, who sent in apparel sponsors and executives to play in the tournament.
Another huge impact felt at Friday’s tournament was those who suffer with ALS who showed up to support the tournament that still continues to support them.
Executive Vice President of PVH Kevin Urban said Kincaid’s main theme in life of making a difference in turn made a difference in his and that he is grateful of the legacy and influence of Kincaid on both the company and personally. He said he will forever be missed.
Kevin Maluchnik, PVH Domestic Logistics, said with emotion, how happy he was to support the tournament and to have the influence of Kincaid, because he too had lost family members to ALS. “Every dollar we make we get one step closer,” said Maluchnik.
Volunteer and company employee Twila Ferguson said, “I was blessed to know Larry.”
Last year golfers and volunteers raised more than $50,000, said Chairman of the golf tournament Doug Odell of PVH Operations. The goal was at least that again, and early on in the tournament it looked possible, said organizers.
Odell has organized the tournament for five years and called it a true honor to be able to help. Odell said it is important just to be able to do a piece of what Kincaid did for ALS and to try to emulate helping others the same way he did.
Jonathan Harris, assistant general manager at the PVH Corp Distribution Center in Jonesville and also an organizer, said it was a privilege to have known Kincaid and as he traveled the golf cart around Cedarbrook noted the influence of a great man who cared for others and is still influencing others positively.
He said the Jim Catfish Hunter Foundation in addition to MDA would receive the funds raised.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.