Annual Golf Blowout Raises Money, Impacts Lives
Wild Well has a strong tradition of emergency response excellence that spans more than 40 years of service to the industry. But just as dear to our hearts is the impact we have been able to make over the years in the lives of those served by Shriners Hospitals for Children through our annual Golf Blowout tournament.
We continue the tradition September 14 at the 19th Annual Wild Well Golf Blowout, held at The Clubs of Kingwood, and look forward to adding to the $1.57 million Shriners supporters, tournament participants, and generous donators have helped us accrue since our first event in 1997. But Wild Well’s involvement with the family-centered, quality-care organization started long before that.
In 1985, Wild Well founder Joe Bowden, Sr, witnessed first-hand the strength and perseverance of the children who had been admitted to Shriners Hospital in Galveston for treatment related to burn injuries, neuromusculoskeletal conditions, and other unique needs.
His admiration for their courage developed into a desire to help Shriners Hospitals and pay regular visits to the tot-sized patients in Galveston, delivering teddy bears wearing the signature yellow Wild Well coveralls and hardhats, coloring books, and heartfelt words of reassurance and encouragement. However, Bowden knew he could do more.
With a passion for the game of golf, Bowden put a plan into motion to organize a tournament that would highlight the generosity and compassion of those working in the oil and gas industry and beyond.
From its humble beginnings in 1997, the tournament has grown to include major sponsors from the Houston area, multiple courses of play at a prestigious golf club, a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, food, fun, and the always popular custom golf cart giveaway.
We are proud to carry on the tradition started by our founder, benefitting an organization that continues to help improve the lives of children and their families whose life challenges fail to foil their smiles and laughter.