Third annual Keith Rowley Memorial Golf Outing a success despite rain

Third annual Keith Rowley Memorial Golf Outing a success despite rain
Posted at 4:43 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 16:43:57-04

It may have been cold and rainy in at The Links of Novi today, but inside the clubhouse it was warm and full of people ready to support and celebrate a very special cause.

"Besides the rain it turned out really well and everybody stayed strong on that course and they were all very dedicated," said event participant Lauren Chisholm.

For Chisholm, Friday's charity golf outing is extra special. The event benefits Great Lakes Burn Camp. It’s a free summer and winter camp for burn survivors. Chisholm works there now as a lifeguard.

"I started the burn camp 16 years ago as a camper, I started when I was 6 and I’ve been going ever since. It was life changing because I saw just a group of people wanting to help me, wanting to make me happy and wanting to make me feel important," explained Chisholm.

Another person deeply connected to the camp is Southfield fire chief Keith growly. He’s the reason for Friday's outing. He died 2015, but his family is keeping his legacy alive.

His widow Mary Rowley explained "We did this because his greatest charity was the great lakes burn camp."

Mary Rowley says her late husband would be touched by the generosity of those in attendance today.

"Oh my God. He’s up there just beyond humbled. He cannot believe the turn out. He cannot believe people would do this in memory of him." she said. 

His daughter, Alyssa Rowley, agrees. "He would definitely make it more about him than himself. He would not take any pride and he would say 'This isn’t for me this is just all for the kids'."

As someone who benefited from this kind of generosity, Chisholm says she’s also moved by the people who came out to support the cause.

"It makes me smile and it makes my heart so happy because I know it’s going to a great cause."

For more information on how to help support Great Lakes Burn Camp, visit their website.