Rain hit the Valley early Monday morning, clouding the summer sun and darkening the skies. With the first annual Against All Odds Golf Tournament scheduled at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto, it seemed like a case of bad luck.
But rain alone wasn’t enough to dampen Colin Kaepernick and Camp Taylor’s spirits and it didn’t keep the large groups of golfers and supporters from showing up. Instead of succumbing to the weather, the 184 participating golfers and the 335 dinner guests helped to net over $200,000 to go towards several programs for young people and families of children with heart disease.
“We surpassed our goal for sure,” Camp Taylor founder and executive director Kimberlie Gamino said. “We get to welcome more children through our gates now, which is the best gift we could give them and get from Colin.”
In addition to the tournament, money was raised through a dinner auction of items like autographed football helmets and other Kaepernick related memorabilia.
Camp Taylor is an organization close to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Turlock native's heart.
“This is something that has touched my heart because I probably wouldn’t be in this situation, I wouldn’t be with my family, if they hadn’t lost two kids to heart defects. So I think this is a big role in my life and where I’m at and how I’ve got here and I’m just blessed to be a part of it,” Kaepernick said during the event. “What’s important is we come out, we support these kids, we support Camp Taylor, and really do everything we can to try and help them.”
Judging by the success of the inaugural tournament fundraiser, Camp Taylor can rest assured that there will be no shortage of funds or attention in the years to come as Gamino and Kaepernick plan on making the Against All Odds Golf Tournament a yearly tradition.
“I was just amazed at how generous his heart is, and the entire Kaepernick family,” Gamino said. “They truly care and it means the world to us.”