Denny Smith's written remarks from the first Dennis J. Smith Legacy Foundation Golf Outing and Fun Day on July 30, 2007
Welcome Family and Friends. It is great what you all have done... thank
you. Father Don Lewandowski told me years ago that in the end it all
comes down to your faith, your family and your friends. Looking at the
list of today's participants it is obvious I have all 3. I am truly blessed.
My nieces and nephews established the Foundation in my name. This
overwhelmed me. My family and friends turned out to make this one of
the biggest golf outings in our area. This overwhelmed me.
The product of all this will benefit 3 organizations that are close to me. Bishop McNamara High School educated all of our family. As a family we have been supporters for 50 years. The relationship has been special. The Legacy Foundation will continue support specifically in my name in the future.
My connection to Kankakee Community College was serving as a Trustee on the College Board from 1990 to 2005. What I saw at the College were people being helped with education and professional training for all ages and backgrounds and also helping people go on to 4 year college degrees or earn certificates that raised their standard of living.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation supports and funds research to find treatments and finally a cure for the disease that I have. ALS is an acronym for the disease. The "street name" or common name is "Lou Gehrig's disease". Those damn Yankees!
I thank from the bottom of my heart my nieces and nephews for establishing the foundation, my brothers and sister for all of their support and hard work on this outing, and last but not least my wife Jill. Without her care, I don't know if I would still be here.
The proceeds of this event and the DJS Legacy Foundation will provide scholarships to deserving high school and college students. I believe that education has the most important impact there is on a person's life.
As my life changes on a daily basis, and thinking about everything that went on today, in the words of Lou Gehrig "I am the luckiest man on the face of this earth".
Thank you all, God Bless, and GO IRISH!