Monday kicked off HAVlife's community wide campaign to help Quad City kids reach their full potential.
The 2013 Golf Outing held at Shorthill's Country Club in East Moline is where people teed off to support the non profit.
For the past 7 years, it's been HAVlife's goal to help young people by providing grants to local organizations, and schools.
The organization is asking Quad Citians, businesses, and other non profits to commit to making Quad Cities the best place to raise kids.
"Our 10,000 pledges is really an effort to increase the awareness, and get everybody to adopt this idea, that we need to put our youth first," said Natalie Johansen-Murray, HAVlife Board Advocate.
HAVlife's campaign goes through September 19th, when a celebration will be held from 7:30 to 10:00 PM in Schwiebert Park declaring it 'Preventing Lost Potential Day.'
HAVlife has been helping Quad City kids since 2007.
Mike Vondran, the founder of HAVlife started the non profit in memory of his son Hunter who passed away 9 years ago, Tuesday.
Vondran said even though his son's life was cut short, he and his family wants to see other children live fulfilling lives.
"Hunter was involved in an accident at a local park, and he didn't recover," said Mike Vondran, who added he and his family lost hunter when he was only 13.
"Hunter was a great kid, miss him terribly as we always will, but we wanted to do something good in his memory, keep him with us in some way."
Through this tragedy, Vondran said he and his other son decided to breathe new life into kids who've been dealt an unfair hand.
"The funny thing though after you lose a child, you start looking at things differently, and you start looking at other kids, and kind of eye balling what their lives are all about because you see your child in every other child for some reason."
HAVlife is there to fill in the gaps for parents and their kids who often times can't afford to pay for extracurricular activities, like art, sports, and music.
Vondran said their goal is to have people, businesses, and other local organizations to get involved with helping area kids, whether it's donating money to youth charities, or simply getting the word out.
"The entire community is going to have to get behind that though process, that we really as the quad city region want to make this the best place to raise kids, and an opportunity is always here for them."
'Preventing Lost Potential Day is being held September 19th, which would also have been Hunter Vondran's 22nd birthday.
CBS 4 news is making a commitment to HAVlife by bringing to you, our viewers, the organizations who are helping kids in the Quad Cities.
They will be featured during our 6 PM weekday shows leading up to HAVlife's big day in September.
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