If you’re looking for a great way to enjoy a round of golf and help give back, the Eagles’ Wings 9thAnnual Golf Tournament is this week. Proceeds from this tournament benefit this area non-profit, a local organization which offers day rehabilitation for adults with special needs.
The golf tournament is set for Thursday, April 23. Spots are available for individual players and four-person teams. There is an a.m. and a p.m. flight.
And if golf isn’t your thing, the 10th Annual Dinner and Auction is set for Friday, April 24 at the Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama campus. A silent auction is planned from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A live auction will be held after dinner.
About Eagles’ Wings
Sandra Pike and her husband, Jerry, founded Eagles’ Wings, Inc. after their son Joey, who was born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome, graduated from high school. “When Joey was in high school, his teacher asked us what our plans were for Joey when he graduated,” Sandra Pike said. “We checked all the programs out and they were either full or couldn’t take Joey due to his medical needs. His teacher told us about a place in Eastaboga called ‘Rainbow Omega.’ My husband and Joey’s teacher visited and my husband fell in love with it. However, there was no way we were going to let Joey move away from us. After much praying and many sleepless nights, my husband and I decided we should build a Rainbow Omega here in the Tuscaloosa area.”
That’s exactly what Pike and her husband did. In 2005, they presented the idea of offering a facility for adults with disabilities at their first meeting. After that, everything began falling into place.
“We opened the doors to Eagles’Wings, Inc. in September of 2008 in a rented facility that was a former plumber’s warehouse,” Pike said. The program began by serving five clients, which quickly increased, creating the need for a bigger building. “Construction for the new facility began November 1, 2010.”
The new Eagles’ Wings facility opened in May of 2014.
Joey Pike and the Pike family recently marked a huge milestone. Pike, who was not expected to live past the age of three, celebrated his 30th birthday. Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon declared April 14 Joey Pike Day, saying Pike “is an inspiration to all who know him.”
For more information about this year’s tournament and the dinner, call Sandra or Jerry Pike at (205) 799-2218 or (205) 361-0986. You can also call the Eagles’ Wings office in Coker at (205) 345-5484, and you can visit the official website at http://www.eagleswingsoftuscaloosa.org/.
Photos: Eagles’ Wings