Wayne Johansen, left, Char Johansen, Carl Nyberg, Rich Scherber, Kyle Johansen and Rodney Johansen.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. – After originally planning to cancel its annual charity golf tournament, the 31st annual HOM Open Charity Golf Tournament was saved by several vendors who reached out to retailer HOM Furniture in July. Ultimately, more than 30 sponsors agreed that they did not want to see the HOM Open skip a year and miss the annual tradition.
“Kyle Johansen, our executive director of merchandising, came to me and said we have vendors that want to continue to contribute to make a difference in the lives of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge during this pandemic and can we put on a smaller more socially safe tournament this year? ” said Rod Johansen, president and CEO of the retailer. “We listened and put together six teams to compete in a new format for the 31st Annual HOM Open Golf Tournament.”
After making the appropriate adjustments for COVID-19 safety, the event took place on Aug. 25 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn., raising more than $150,000. It began with putting, driving and a grab-and-go lunch on the practice facility and ended with by 18 holes of golf and dinner. After dinner there was a recap from MNATC, the charity benefited by this day of golf, presented by Rich Scherber, a pastor and the executive director of MNATC, who said that the donations from this year’s events would be used to renovate a women’s facility.
The HOM Open Charity Golf Tournament has raised a total of more than $3,100,000 million dollars for charities in its communities. Next year, the tournament will take place Aug. 19.
“It’s one of our favorite days of the year,” remarked Kyle, “it’s rewarding to see so many of our local and industry partners wanting to support an important cause especially during a pandemic. We feel grateful to be able to provide a safe place to hold our tournament and continue the tradition. After 31 years, it has become a part of our HOM Furniture culture.”