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Golfing for a Newfound Cause

June 08, 2011
Golf Club

The PB Dye Golf Club is home to this year's tournament.

by H. Michael Schwartzman, commercial real estate developer, VP Grubb & Ellis, Washington, D.C.

A number of years ago, I was an architect who wanted to get into commercial development. The Edward St. John Real Estate Program at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School changed my life. I not only loved the program, but wanted to support it and help it grow. I joined its Real Estate Advisory Board, became an adjunct professor, and got involved in organizing events to connect students, faculty and alumni. One of these events was an annual golf tournament, which while celebrating recent graduates of the Carey program also benefited a good cause. This year it’s Hopkins Children’s.
My father once told me that life if short and you have to do something to help others. He always gave a little something to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tn. But when it was time to select a beneficiary for the 2011 tournament, I had learned of a bigger player and one much closer to home: Hopkins Children’s. I had not known that Johns Hopkins had its own research-based hospital for children. I live just 30 minutes away in Bethesda, Md. If anything ever happened to one of my children, I can’t imagine not being able to get them the right care, to get them to Johns Hopkins.  I knew we had to support this place.
So this year, 25 percent of our entry fee goes to Hopkins Children’s. The tournament takes place at the PB Dye Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md., one of the top-rated public courses in the region, on Friday, July 29, and includes a box lunch and “Bar-B-Q” dinner.  There will be a lot of real-estate industry people there, so you could consider it a “golf mixer,” but plenty of “friends of friends” play, too.
I hope you will join us and play a round. How to register. 

Mr. Schwartzman is a 1998 graduate of the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School