Sid Morris wouldn’t live anywhere else.
Looking around the packed room at the end of the Tee Up for Taylor fundraiser at the Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls on Monday, he said so, smiling at the outpouring of support for his grandson, injured sailor Taylor Morris.
“This community, Cedar Falls, is unique,” he said. “I think this is great, to have this many people show up.”
Organizers said about 100 people participated in the fundraiser, held to support Navy petty officer Taylor Morris, who was badly injured when he stepped on an explosive in Afghanistan. He lost parts of all four limbs. You can read more about his story here.
Participants in the fundraiser donated to play in a golf tournament. There was also a silent auction and a live auction, with prizes donated by area businesses.
John Deery Motors donated a car as a hole-in-one prize.
Lori Trotter, who helped with the fundraising, said it wasn’t just golfers who donated during the Monday event.
“We had perfect strangers walking up to give us donations,” she said.
Organizer Denise Dehl Olson said she and about 13 others had been working on the event for around two months.
“I’m just amazed at the outpouring of love from the Cedar Valley,” she said. “People were so compassionate and wanted to do something to help him.”
Rose Doerzman, of Cedar Falls, participated in the fundraiser.
“The man almost gave his life to protect our freedom,” she said. “We couldn’t think of a better thing to give our money to.”