HEART. In the end, that’s what it all really comes down to. It’s what gives athletes the strength to dig a little deeper when it’s all on the line. It’s what gives musicians the courage to raise their voices up a little louder when they’re singing a song the world needs to hear. It’s what gives someone like Nelson Mandela the resolve to sit in a jail cell for 27 years and have nothing but forgiveness for the people who wrongly imprisoned him.
Heart is strength, courage, resolve. Heart is love, compassion, commitment. It’s what keeps us living, but more importantly, it’s what makes us alive. Heart is hope, and no other force in the world is more powerful.
This year, the Zak!Charity Open is helping people across our community unlock that power as we raise much needed funds for the Rypien Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. Once again this year, the event will kick off with the Summer Celebration Dinner and Auction at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Sunday, July 27th followed by two separate golf tournaments on Monday, July 28th at the Spokane Country Club and Manito Golf & Country Club.
This year, we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Zak!Charity Open, and while we’re proud of this milestone, it also serves as a timely reminder of just how important it is for each and every one of us to continue to do more and give more. Because the heart of hope doesn’t just beat in athletes and celebrities and world leaders. It beats in the boy who has the determination to send off his college application because of that one person who convinced him that he had a shot at getting in. It beats in the little girl who finds the courage to walk back into her school the day after her hair has fallen out and is greeted by classmates whose heads are just as bald as hers. It beats in the volunteer who doesn’t give up no matter how many doors are slammed in her face because she knows that change only happens with heart.
The power of the Heart of Hope beats inside us all, and it’s time for each of us to let that beat be heard. So that it may never be silenced in another.
Watch our 2013 Thank You PSA produced by North by Northwest