The annual “Mayor of Maple Valley Open,” takes place tonight at Druids Glen Golf Course in Covington, Washington, supporting both Hilinski’s Hope and the Avery Huffman Defeat DIPG Foundation. There aren’t any spots left in the tournament, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be part of the fun ... and fundraising.
The tournament is hosted by Washington State Cougars alumnus and local media personality Ian Furness, whose sports talk show for 950-AM KJR will be broadcast from there from 1-3 p.m. with a shotgun start for the golf tournament at 5 p.m. There’s a raffle that you can participate in without being registered for the tournament, or you can purchase a charity cocktail.
I know that Tyler Hilinski’s parents, Kym and Mark, will be there, as well as 247Sports.com’s Brandon Huffman — the foundation is in the name of his daughter, whose life was taken by the rare brain cancer DIPG. Furness let us know that it’s great if anyone just wants to stop by and say hello.
I will be there for a while with my family. Come find me if you want to chat. I’ll be the guy with the beard and the Cougar gear. That should be easy, right?
Side note: The Hilinskis have been in Washington for about a week, and they started their visit by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Seattle Mariners Coug night last weekend. If you didn’t catch the video yet ... well, you might want to have box of tissues handy:
A special moment before tonight’s game as the family of former @WSUCougarFB QB Tyler Hilinski threw out the first pitch.— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 7, 2019
The Hilinski family, along with WSU and the Mariners invite you to remember Tyler’s legacy and the importance of mental wellness. pic.twitter.com/AZuAT02niU
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