The Luther Automotive Group

Luther golfers drive for charity

Technician Kennedy Hofmann of Rudy Luther’s Toyota & Scion is the mastermind behind many charity golf tournaments, including the Second Annual Challenge Cup at Monticello Country Club, which called on employees to support Camp Courage.

RL Toyota technician Kennedy Hofmann

RL Toyota technician and golf fundraising organizer Kennedy Hofmann, center, with former Minnesota Viking Matt Blair, left, and Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School Football Coach Jon Hanks. The three attended the Jabby Golf Tournament, which was also sponsored by Luther Auto.

A former baseball player, Hofmann’s story begins with a personal connection.  When his brother was diagnosed with leukemia, Hofmann started running cancer golf tournaments.  It was a natural progression, as holes with flags replaced baselines and bags.  Hofmann’s knees gave him trouble at age 30, prompting a switch from baseball to golf.

Connections mean a lot, and Hofmann sits on the board of the Monticello Country Club, which helps greatly when coordinating course reservations, catering and other arrangements.  “It’s always good when you can help others,” he said.

With roughly half of the 120 golfers from Luther Auto, the Challenge Cup raised about $1,300 for Camp Courage, which was more than matched by The Luther Family Foundation.

Luther also supported a second event, the Jack Jablonski Charity Golf Tournament.  It’s named for the varsity hockey player for Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park.  Jablonski suffered a tragic spinal cord injury in December after pursuing a loose puck shot deep into the offensive zone and being checked into the boards.  This caused pervasive paralysis, according to the fundraising website jabby13.com.

Affiliated with Courage Center, Camp Courage serves people with disabilities at its 305-acre facility in Maple Lake.

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