Pat Smith's three sons were blessed with athletic ability matched by few families.
More important is how the patriarch and his sons utilized their ability to help other families.
That's why the selection of Pat Smith and his sons -- Sandy, Tom and P.J. -- as chairpersons of the 30th annual Camp Confidence Golf and Fishing Classic at Cragun's Resort on Saturday wasn't surprising.
The golf classic coincides with the fishing classic (Saturday) and Sertoma's Mariucci Fiesta at Camp Confidence (Friday).
The weekend is the largest fund-raising event organized by Camp Confidence. Amiee Spitzack, director of marketing and special events at the camp, said the camp hopes to raise $100,000.
"This is our largest project weekend that we have here at the camp," Spitzack said. "This weekend is instrumental in providing the services the campers deserve.
"We've had the same budget since 1986, right around $600,000. We don't receive any federal or state tax dollars so we rely solely on private donations and special events."
This year's golf classic is projected to be a success. With an overflow of teams the 18-hole, five-player scramble features more than 180 players on Bobby's Legacy at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Spitzack said no teams will be denied. Dutch Cragun has said Dutch's Legacy Course could be used for teams that still want to participate.
"If there is interest they can still call me and we'll deal with it," said Spitzack. "I'm not going to say no."
One reason for the organization's success this year has been the determination of the Smith family.
Last year, Sandy Smith was honorary chairman of the golf tournament. He was asked to return as chair this year. With a busy work schedule, Smith was unable to perform all the duties alone. So four Smith heads were better than one.
"We could do it but none of us could take on any big projects alone," Pat Smith said. "So P.J., Sandy and I took care of the golf and Tommy is doing more toward the fishing part of it.
"P.J. has been more heavily into it than myself. I felt like it was the right thing to do. P.J.'s feelings were there was a lack of organization the last couple of years so he felt like if he was going to do it then we were going to get it done and wrapped up early.
"P.J.'s been the real motivator."
Spitzack said it took a while to fill the field. She said about three weeks ago a landslide of requests were filed.
Pat Smith's main concern was filling the tournament. The second was rounding up sponsors like the Mills family companies and Grand Casino.
"We were concerned we would be calling people and begging them to play and maybe even cut the cost to participate," said Pat Smith. "Once P.J. got working with the other banks in town it all came together with his leadership. Once the banking industry got on board everyone else was quick to follow.
"We had fantastic response. It was beyond our most ambitious desires. We're overwhelmed with the fact we did fill out the tournament and have some extra teams."
While the charity appreciates donations from the community, Smith is warmed by the fact his sons have connected with the camp like he has.
"I'm very proud," said Pat Smith. "It's more than that. It's heart-warming to do this with your sons.
"I love this community and I love Camp Confidence. It's heart-warming for me to see my boys involved with the organization and community."
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