|Boots Fit For A Champion|
The 2020 edition of the Valero Texas Open was cancelled due to COVID-19 but that didn’t stop us last week from reminiscing and celebrating what would have been tournament week.|
Often referenced as one of the best champion prizes on the PGA TOUR, our champions dating back to Zach Johnson in 2008, have each received a pair of hand-stitched boots by Lucchese. Ever wonder what our past champions do with their Champion's Boots? Check in with some of our past champions as they relive their victory and what’ they are up to these days.
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Although the Valero Texas Open didn’t take place this year, it didn’t stop our fans, PGA TOUR pros and VTO supporters from helping us share favorite memories and highlights for all to enjoy. Here are some of our top picks:|
In the spirit of giving and furthering our charitable mission, several PGA TOUR pros and past champions surprised us with generous donations to support our local charities through Champions fore Charity. Thank you to those who have supported and will continue to support this fundraising program!|
|Partners Within The Community|
In light of COVID-19, the one thing we have all learned very quickly to do is adapt and change as things develop. And this is no different for Jon Hart Design and Garrison Brothers Distillery. We are proud to feature two of our partners for what they are doing to help our community.|
Jon Hart Design
Based in the heart of Old San Antonio, Texas, Jon Hart Design is known as a creator of monogrammed and personalized gifts. For over 45 years, they have meticulously handcrafted high quality, one-of-a-kind canvas and leather bags that withstand the test of time. Jon Hart carefully train the artisans who design and hand-sew their products stitch by stitch, and many of them exceed 20 years working with them.
Jon Hart Design was excited to be this year’s presenting sponsor for Ladies Night with Landyn presented Jon Hart. When the Valero Texas Open was cancelled, so was all of our special events, like Ladies Night.
Instead of furloughing a significant amount of staff, Jon Hart Design has opted to utilize their manufacturing plant and skilled workers to transition to sewing face masks. They have recently started working with San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to sew masks for local hospitals, first responders, and other critical personnel. https://www.jonhartdesign.com/
Top 10 Interesting Facts:
|1.||Jon Hart is one of the only manufacturers that can sew masks at scale in their area.|
|2.||So far, Jon Hart Design has been sewing masks for different institutions with essential public-facing personnel.|
|3.||Immediate goal is to sew 1,000 masks a day with a goal to triple that by next week.|
|4.||Jon Hart Design is also working with representatives from the medical community and food manufacturing to design masks for their workers.|
|5.||First production run of masks is a form-fitting design intended for all-day wear.|
|6.||Current development efforts include a mask with a pocket for a filter that can also go over PPE.|
|7.||Jon Hart Design expects to start prototyping surgical-grade masks this week.|
|8.||Jon Hart has seen demand from consumers, retailers, corporations and public institutions and is setting up channels to field those requests.|
|9.||Jon Hart Design will be launching a philanthropic promotion that will donate masks to people in need.|
|10.||All made right here in the USA.|
Garrison Brothers Distillery
One of tournament partners, Garrison Brothers Distillery, the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas, while currently closed to the public, remains in full production (24-7) of new make Bourbon, bottling Finished Goods and making Hand Sanitizer for our local communities.
Garrison Brothers Distillery announced earlier this week that they have launched Operation Crush COVID-19, a fundraising campaign to help American communities recover and rebuild. The campaign, launched in partnership with Good Bourbon for a Good Cause, the distillery’s 501(c)3 public charity, aims to raise more than $2 million dollars for veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon, which is currently serving in communities across the country, leading efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Good Bourbon for a Good Cause will also be naming a secondary beneficiary that is helping with the immediate needs of hospitality industry professionals and their families.
Until recently, Garrison Brothers had planned to release Laguna Madre, a special project over 10 years in the making, later this summer through traditional liquor retail channels. But the retailers Garrison interviewed liked this idea better. Laguna Madre is the oldest bourbon Garrison Brothers has made to date — an eight-year-old, top-shelf release named after the beautiful blue waters along Texas’ Gulf Coast. The ultra-premium bourbon was aged in new white American oak barrels for four years and aged secondarily for four more years in Limousin oak from France, which is prized for its vanilla content. Limousin oak wood imparts spirits with distinct flavors of vanilla, sweet candy, cacao, and thick, white chocolate that an experienced bourbon drinker won’t ever forget.
The original plan was to release just over 2,000 bottles to the distillery’s original supporters, then to close friends, then to bars and restaurants who have always championed the brand. But in light of COVID-19, Garrison and his team have pivoted. Laguna Madre will now be available only to donors who contribute $1,000 or more to Good Bourbon for a Good Cause in partnership with Team Rubicon, a global disaster response organization (composed primarily of military veterans and first responders) who are deploying teams to areas heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis. http://teamrubiconusa.org/neighbors/
The first 2,004 people to contribute $1,000 or more will receive a bottle of Laguna Madre. Everyone is invited and encouraged to donate whatever they can. “If you donate $100, you will forever have our respect and you can choose to take home any clothing item from our gift shop for free,” adds Rob Cordes, marketing director at Garrison Brothers Distillery. “If you donate $500, we’ll reserve one bottle of Boot Flask (375ml) and one bottle of Honey Dew (750ml) for you.”
“When these bottles are gone, they’re gone forever. We’ll make more, but it may take years,” says Garrison. There will be 4,008 bottles of Boot Flask, 4,008 bottles of Honey Dew, and 2,004 bottles of Laguna Madre available. http://operationcrushcovid19.org
|We look forward to seeing next year, March 29 – April 4, 2021!|