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Two Days In Georgia: Great People. Great Cause.

21
Jul 2016

Written by:

Coby DuBose | Vault Aviation Brand Ambassador and Senior Content Editor

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It started with a bang. A $100 bill went up for auction in the auctioneer’s attempt to assess the generosity of the room. A bidding war ensued. A young man who couldn’t have been more than 12 was dubbed the Young Wolf of Wall Street as he bid ever higher. $40, $50, $60 he committed to pay for that $100 bill until one margin hunter went in for $99. A benevolent shark put an end to it, bidding $2,000 for the bill, and we were off.

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It was opening night at the Arians Family Foundation golf event at the Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds Plantation. An hour east of Georgia, some of sports, business, and entertainment’s biggest names descended on the pines for golf and fraternity in support of the worthiest of causes. I’d been invited there by Vault Aviation, one of the event’s sponsors, to meet and greet people we might eventually put onto private jets. As someone who has worked in juvenile criminal defense, and someone deeply invested in the well-being of at-risk children, I was happy to throw my hat in the ring for the causes supported by Bruce and Christine Arians.

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We learned that hundreds of thousands of children across the United States are without a forever home and the support that goes with it. We heard Bruce and Chris speak passionately about the children in Georgia and Phoenix who languish without support, suffering from neglect and abuse. We learned that the Arians support CASA, a program to give kids the advocates they need as those children track through a less than easy upbringing.

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“Thanks for what you do,” I told Chris Arians. “As someone who’s helped to defend juveniles in the justice system, I know that your work is helping public defenders have fewer clients.”

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The Arians Family Foundation cobbles together partners from the many places Bruce and his family have stopped. Money from the event pours into Maricopa County, where the Arians now call home, into the local Georgia community where they have a house, and to communities where the family’s left a trail of positive impact in its wake. Players and coaches who knew Bruce in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and now Arizona flocked to the event. Charity partners from around the country came, too. There was Chris Tucker, Ben Roethlisberger, Coach Marvin Lewis, and many more. Each had something nice to say about the Arians Family and seemed happy to give up a little time to help one of the few foundations passionate about real change. Even Josh Turner, the country music star, played a private concert for the weekend’s participants.

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On the course, some of the NFL’s best competed in a scramble for the ages. I was paired with Coach Marvin Lewis, a fierce competitor who learned to play a little fade off the tee box and dead-straight irons from the fairway. We made our share of birdies, pumping in putts from distance while enjoying the world-class views afforded by the Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters Course. Sometime before, the Big Break had used the course, and pros used to battle there in the Accenture Match Play. We made it nine holes before the rains blew in, forcing our group to take cover.

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We were never at a loss for food or swag while out on the course. A food truck provided made-to-order burgers and two local men served up the kind of pulled pork I got used to growing up in South Carolina. The folks at Cobra Golf handed our t-shirts. You could hardly make it 500 yards without getting to try some new bourbon or champagne.

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On the back nine, Paul and Weston from Vault offered golfers a chance to win $25,000 for a hole in one. None of the event’s participants canned that eight-iron shot, but the tent added excitement nonetheless.

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Working in the for-profit and non-profit industries, and being involved with athletes in different capacities around the country, I’ve come to see that there are good people everywhere doing their part to fix the problems that stir them the most. The Arians family is special in its commitment to doing something not just in Phoenix, but in every community Bruce has coached. In bringing together some of the biggest names in professional and college sports—from Rich Rodriguez to Todd Bowles to Kirby Smart—the Foundation again helped to do more than just raise money. It left me more committed to doing work in my own community, and in supporting the causes that Bruce, Christine, Jake, and the rest of the Arians family have poured their lives into.

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It was a great experience for Vault Aviation and for me, getting to represent our wonderful company while helping the Arians improve the lives of children around the country.

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Arians Family Foundation: The Arians Family Foundation motto is “A Voice For Children” by supporting and developing programs which strives to prevent and ameliorate the abuse and neglect of children. The Arians Family Foundation supports CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in making sure that children who are involved in the Court system, as a result of abuse or neglect by their families, receive the love and help they need. Visit www.ariansfamilyfoundation.com to learn more. 

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Vault Aviation: Vault Aviation is a Dallas, Texas based private jet charter brokerage. Vault works with a number of professional athletes and business travelers on all of their private jet charter needs. To inquire about Vault’s services, call (866) 325-4569, email fly@vaultjet.com or fill out a Quote Request Form

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