Just a quick note to let you know what we’ve accomplished in 2014, and what we’re looking forward to in 2015. If you’d like to donate to support our work, please go here:
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It was a great year for Wortham Park Friends, with many ups and downs, but victory in the end. In keeping with our goal of being transparent and accessible, meetings were continuous and I made many presentations to civic clubs and civic associations showing the golf course’s architectural drawings to the community and golfers.
In March 2014, we hosted our first ever fundraiser which was a great success. In April, we submitted our official business plan and capital campaign plan to the City of Houston after a public call for proposals was issued. While our plan wasn’t considered outright, the end result was a slam dunk for Wortham Park GC supporters: In October, the Mayor and City Council unanimously voted to renovate Gus Wortham Park Golf Course, thereby sweeping it out of the grasp of the Houston Botanic Garden.
And while that was playing out, WPF achieved another of its dreams: It gained 501(c)(3) public charity status, retroactive to its inception in September 2013. This allows us to operate as a public charity and empowers us to do so much more. Since that time, after meetings with several council members, we have reached out to the Houston Golf Association to partner with them to further our mutual goals of preserving, protecting and renovating one of the City’s greatest assets, and the East End’s crown jewel!
Plans for 2015
I will continue to be the face and voice of Gus Wortham Park Golf Course and Wortham Park Friends plans to work alongside the HGA to restore Gus Wortham to its former glory, with the assistance of the community which has supported our efforts along the way.
Thank you so much for your support, and with your help, we can make 2015 a banner year for Wortham Park Friends and the Gus Wortham Park Golf Course!
Thanks again, and happy holidays!
RENI, Founder and President
Wortham Park Friends, Inc.