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The Buddy Fund Changing Lives Through Sports for 60 Years!

The Buddy Fund Changing Lives Through Sports for 60 Years!

“I have seen the impact that the Buddy Fund has for the at-risk youth. We are continuing to be more involved with all types of at risk, which is exciting for this year! I know the value we add to this city and hope we continue to grow.”

– Corey LeSure, Buddy Fund Board Member

“The Buddy Fund provides underserved youth a chance to enjoy their childhood while learning life lessons like how to be a sportsman and how to be a teammate.”

– Cale Prokopf, Buddy Fund Board Member

“I love this St. Louis community and deeply appreciate the impact they’ve made in the lives of over 86,000 at risk youth and the 85 plus youth organizations they partnered with across the St. Louis region including the Gateway PGA Reach Foundation.”

-Ozzie Smith

Because of The Buddy Fund’s connections “we are able to get two or three times the amount of athletic equipment,” Cerone said. “It allows us to put resources into other areas to serve the needs of students. It not only is impactful because these kids have these resources, but the activities teach kids valuable lessons such as sportsmanship and how to be good winners and losers.”

-Pete Cerone is senior director Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation

“The Buddy Fund allows our scholars to have an even playing field in their everyday live. It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.”

-Jan Wacker, development director of Boys Hope Girls Hope

New Members Join the Operations Board

Please join us in welcoming the following people to the Buddy Fund Board of Operations:
• Justin Diecker
• Jared Freese
• Jayme Bertish
• John Randall


Because of Generous Donors Like You
We are able to partner with more youth based nonprofit organizations than ever in the history of the Buddy Fund! This means making a positive impact in more at-risk, underserved youths lives every day! Over the past six months we have established new partnerships with the following organizations!
• PGA Reach Gateway Foundation
• Bethlehem Lutheran Church Basketball Ministry
• Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center
• Buddy Up For Life
• Angels’ Arms

The Buddy Fund Donates to First Tee St. Louis

We are grateful to another local non-profit who shares the vision we have to serve the youth in our community. Thank you to the Buddy Fund for donating an additional 17 sets of clubs for us to distribute to our kids throughout Greater St. Louis! This donation allows us to get the best technology in the hands of our participants!

Another Successful Buddy Fund Golf Classic & Auction

The 60th Annual Buddy Fund Golf Classic & Auction was held on Friday, September 16, 2022 at Forest Park Norman K. Probstein Golf Course. Total income raised in sponsorship, golfers and donations was $242,000. The total income from the online auction, Fund-A-Need and the Bourbon Raffle was $50,000. Giving us a grand total of $292,000 raised. Be sure to check out the pictures from the day online.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated, participated and volunteered to make this event a success!