Teen Aces Golf Fundraisers

18-year-old raises $1 million-plus for Scottish Rite

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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Teen Aces Golf Fundraisers

Scottish Rite

Sam Ary and Darnell Brown.

Every once in a while, humanity, or a member thereof, steps up to redeem itself. This is one of those times.

Ben Sater, an 18-year-old Plano kid, spent eight years raising money for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The effort, conducted via multiple fundraising golf tournaments, stemmed from treatments he received as a 3-year-old and, again, as a 10-year-old at the charity hospital, which, in its 89 years of operation, has never charged $1 for treatments.

Soon after the second surgery, he made a promise to raise money for the hospital and launched a series of golf tournaments, KidSwing, that took place during the ensuing the years.

Players in each tournament ranged in age from 7-18, so the credit goes to a North Texas segment of an entire generation, and that’s just good news for the future.

After the most recent event, yesterday, Sater, his mother, Kim Sater, and other organizers announced they had raised $1.019 million.

Ben Sater, enrolled to enter Austin College with the fall semester, can’t play in the next KidSwing tournament. He’s past the age limitation of 18.

Whatever he does, though, no doubt will be worth doing and beneficial to some individual or organization … and, likely, humanity as a whole.

Way to go, kid.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He applauds kids like Ben Sater.

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