BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Caddy For A Cure is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Company and is governed by a Board of Directors.
The Board is uniquely comprised of people in many diverse professions that share common and admirable traits; they all want to help people under any circumstances, and they all love golf. In their own words, please read why they are involved with Caddy For A Cure.
I became actively involved in Caddy for A Cure for one primary reason and several ancillary reasons. I have been blessed all my life with a great family, a solid education, a successful career. I feel a personal obligation to be able to help those that are not as fortunate as I am. Add to the fact that I can be surrounded by golf, one of my own passions, and I have found the recipe for how I can make an impact on someone’s life. Caddy for a Cure is able to address my passion for helping others and my passion for golf at the same time. What a winning proposition.
I decided to become involved with Caddy For A Cure after I caddied for Rich Beem at the 2009 PGA Championship. I was fortunate to spend some extra time with Russ and gained a better understanding of the “how” and “why” CFAC came about. It really triggered something inside that allows me and my family to help out a cause that is so meaningful yet still not very well known. My wife and I are blessed with three healthy daughters and can’t begin to imagine what these families and individuals are dealing with on a day to day basis. CFAC has provided me with an amazing opportunity to expand my passion for the game of golf, build wonderful new relationships, and at the same time give back to those who are less fortunate. I look forward to the upcoming challenges and hope to increase awareness for all the charities CFAC benefits.
Dr. MICHAEL COHEN
As a Vascular Surgeon who not infrequently operates on children, I am keenly aware of the importance of Philanthropy for Pediatric health care and research. When Russ Holden expressed his dream concept to me to raise money for Fanconi Anemia research, I was struck by his passion and comittment, and the brilliance of the idea, perhaps in part due to our mutual love of caddying. I volunteered immediately to do whatever possible to help in his mission, and I am now honored to be on the Board of Directors.
I got involved a few years ago when I looped for Stewart Cink in the Tampa PODS Championship and have kept in touch ever since. I have always been impressed with this rather unique organization and was overwhelmed by Russ and Colleen’s dedication to truly helping those individuals cursed by misfortune. It is a terrific and successful platform that has grown over the years. Hopefully I can assist in perpetuating that growth and increasing both awareness and sponsorship income. Thank you for inviting me to join this admirable group of people on the Board. I welcome the opportunity to contribute.
Randy Goldberg’s profession is that of Chief Legal Counsel for a national healthcare IT company. He is also a retired police commander who served for thirty-one (31) years in a major South Florida Law Enforcement Agency. However his passion is golf. Randy believes that it is important to give back to our communities and provide the assistance and support necessary to help make our society a healthier and better place. Having the opportunity to do this through one’s passion is a blessing and marvelous opportunity.
I am truly excited about becoming a board member for Caddy for a Cure. I’ve made it a personal goal to have a positive work and personal life balance. Becoming involved with Caddy for a Cure this early in my life is the perfect way to give back to those less fortunate and have personal fulfillment. I truly look forward to making an impact on those that benefit from Caddy for a Cure.
I joined Caddy For A Cure because I knew it would give me the opportunity to combine two of my life’s passions, healthcare and golf. I have worked with many people with Leukemia. Each having one distinct goal, to be cured. As a practicing Physical Therapist it my goal to maximize patients functional ability. Whether doing hands on therapy or raising funds for research we can help to increase a persons functional ability, meet their goals and change their outlook on life.
I have been very blessed from the Lord to have a wonderful wife and three healthy beautiful boys. My heart and prayers go out to the families that are dealing with this disease. I have been friends with Russ and Colleen for a very long time and their passion and drive to make a difference in these family lives is very touching. I wanted to be involved to give back in any way possible and hopefully make an impact on at least one life. God bless all of you who help with the fight!
It has always been my philosophy that you have to give something back to the community that you work and live in. One aspect of that giving has to be about your passions. This way the time you devote to your chosen charity is both rewarding for the community and for yourself. Caddy For A Cure encompasses all of those aspects for me. I love the work that we do and the method that this work is achieved. I am proud and blessed to be associated with this organization and compassionate group of people.
The Advisory Board is comprised of people who advise Caddy For A Cure on a regular basis. With the immense success they have achieved in life on various levels, we trust them 100% and lean on them heavily as to matters regarding our charity.
COL MIKE RUTKOWSKI
SR Military Advisor
Caddy For A Cure is a wonderful venue that continues to honor our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have given so much in answering our country’s call to serve by allowing them to be apart of golf greatest stages while giving back to those in need. As a active member of the US Army with several combat tours – I am in absolute amazement of the drive our wounded warriors display no matter what they are asked to do even after taking the uniform off. Caddy For A Cure allows for a brighter tomorrow no matter what the cause is in partnering our Wounded Hero’s and Golf’s Tour Professionals forming an unbeatable force. I am proud to have a role in Caddy For A Cure that touches so many worthy causes and seeing first hand that – dreams can come true.
Malone University Head Golf Coach
It has been my pleasure to watch Russ Holden grow in his professional career now for over 30 years. As his collegiate coach at Malone College, now Malone University, I watched personally Russ evolve into a golf professional. I was captured when he started Caddy For A Cure, and totally and positively support their mission as it fits with my “world view.” Having the chance to caddy for Colin Montgomerie at Firestone was probably one of the neatest things I have done in golf.
CDR SHAUN SWARTZ
United States Navy – former Blue Angel
I’m very excited to be a part of Caddy For A Cure in any capacity. A long-time friendship with Founders Russ and Colleen coupled with a shared obsession for golf and flying was the genesis to my involvement. As Russ introduced me to CFAC I had the privilege to accompany him at several events and to meet such extraordinary people as spokesperson Christian “Mini-Kitty” Collins. I have been involved with charities that target child illness and disease since college, and CFAC’s focus on Fanconi Anemia and Birdies for the Brave ignite a passion in me as both a father and an Active Duty Military Officer.