Frequently Asked Questions
How does the money raised get used?
All of the money raised at The Robby Brisco Open is dedicated for use to support the Pediatric Cancer Cinical Trials Program at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where Robby was treated.
In our first three years, thanks to our generous supporters, donors, and guests, we have donated over $160,000 for that Program. This money has allowed the Program to expand to be made available to more of our kids.
What time should I show up?
Show up whenever you want!
However, if you don't want to be late or miss out on anything, here are our recommendations.
If you will be golfing, sign-in begins at 10:30 for the noon shotgun start. So, sign-in is open for an hour and a half. Be sure to give yourself plenty ot time because the sign-in table can get quite crowded as tee-off time approaches. The practice green and range are available to warm up or kill time. So is a light breakfast.
And, if you are a "dinner-only" guest, please note that you are welcome and encouraged to attend the reception (open bar) which begins at 4:30. You'll have time to chat with friends, enjoy hors d'oerves, view the raffle and silent auction items and try to win something! Dinner will be served - buffet style - at 5:30. The Dinner Program (speakers, presentation of The RBO Trophy, etc.) begins at 6:00. We hope to get you on your way home by 6:30ish!
What time does it end?
Too soon actually.
By the end of the dinner, as you say good-bye or au revoir to your friends, if you are like us, you'll be thinking to yourself: "Wow, that went by so fast. I can't believe I'll have to wait another 365 days to do it again."
Ok, the answer is that our goal is to end the dinner program by 6:30ish. We know it's a weeknight.
Quick post-golf timeline recap to help you understand how we can pull that off:
Reception is from 4:30 to 5:30.
Dinner is served - buffet style - at 5:30.
Dinner Progam (speakers, awarding of The RBO Trophy, etc.) begins at 6:00.
By 7, most of you will be home, looking back at the fun day you had and hugging your big raffle and auction wins. One of you may even be looking for a place to display The RBO Trophy.
When are the silent auction and raffle open?
Shhhhh, don't tell anyone but the silent auction is open 10:30 to 5:30.
Ditto for the raffle.
The silent auction and raffle open at 10:30 in the morning when golfers start arriving to sign in. You will be able to purchase raffle tickets when you sign-in. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the Reception which runs from 4:30 to 5:30.
All of the items will be on display all day.
The silent auction and raffle will end at 5:30. The winning raffle ticket will be taped onto the item. The winning auction bidder name will be placed next to the auction item.
You can pick up your win after 6:00, which gives us time to select and organized the winners and items.
If you are a winner and you leave before 6:00, we will track you down - winners need not be present to win.
Why is my payment or donation to Vie for the Kids, Inc. and not Connecticut Children's?
For over ten years, Vie for the Kids, Inc. has organized and run many fund-raising events to raise money for Connecticut Children's Medical Center, including the Robby Brisco Open Golf Tourament.
Up until this year - 2019 - payment and donations were made to Connecticut Children's because it was/is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, while Vie for the Kids, Inc. was not.
Vie for the Kids, Inc. is now a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and, as a result, will now collect payments, donations and pay tournament expenses.
The income tax consequences of your charitable donation will not change - all donations at tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Rest assured that this change will not affect how the money raised will be used - all proceeds from The Robby Brisco Open will continue to be dedicated to support the Pediatric Cancer Clinical Trials Program at Connecticut Children's. We'll be posting a photo of a big fat check being handed over to Connecticut Children's.
And rest assured that The Robby Brisco Open will continue to be the best golf tournament ever!
Why was the golf shotgun start time moved from 10:00 a.m. to noon?
Contrary to what some have heard, we did not move the shotgun start time because neighbors complained that a shotgun was going off in the morning. We categorically deny that.
There are four good (and no bad) reasons actually:
1. To "tighten up" the day, so the time gap between when golfers start rolling in to the clubhouse after playing and the dinner program is Goldilocks - that is, not too long, not too short. We know it's a weeknight, so our goal is to get you on your way home by 6:30ish
2. To allow time in the morning for you to go to work, work from home, run errands, sleep-in late, or hang around in your pajamas like you do on Sunday mornings.
3. To start the dinner program a bit later so our 'dinner-only" guests don't have to cut out of work so early and risk getting fired, and, to give them time to enjoy the reception before dinner.
4. To give our "dinner-only" guests more time to participate in the silent auction and raffle - many of them were showing up in time for dinner, only to find that the silent auction and raffle were already closed. They were sad. We don't like sad.
What's the down-low on food and drink?
In one word: come hungry (ya, that's two words).
There will be more food than you could or should eat in a week, so no need to worry about starving or smuggling in snacks like you do at the movie theatre.
We've heard the double-cheeseburgers at the on-course lunch stations are the bomb (someone, who will remain nameless, ate two of them at one go last year).
A light breakfast will be available for golfers during sign-in, from 10:30 to noon. Bagels, donuts, coffee and juice - lots of carbs to start the fire!
Lunch will be served at three stations on the course. Burgers, grilled chicken, salad - the usual cook-out stuff. Grills fire up at noon so they'll be ready for you right after you tee off. Lots of protein to keep fire burning!
Beer, Gatorade, and water coolers are strategically placed on the course and at the clubhouse. Last year it hit 97 degrees! Remember though, shirts are not optional. And don't jump in the water hazards to cool off - no fish can survive in them so . . .
Rumour has it that the popular Kid Rock Root Beer Float Station will be returning.
The reception officialy begins at 4:30. Hor d'oerves will be served, and it's open bar from 4:30 to 5:30. If you drink alcohol, please do so responsibly. If you drink water, have at it.
Dinner will be served at 5:30. It's a buffet, so you can pile your plate(s) as high as you want, as many times as you want, without having to embarassingly ask waitstaff for more food.
Our dinner is not the typical boring, tasteless, dried-out golf tournament "grilled-hotdogs-burgers-chicken-we-want-you-outta-here-as-soon-as-possible" deal. No, quite the contrary. We want you to enjoy some hard-fo-find-the-time-for fine-dining with a large group of friends.
Last year we had baby spinach salad with fresh strawberries, crumbled goat chese, and almonds, with a sherry vinaigrette. Freshly baked rolls. Hand-churned butter (not really). Caesar salad. Pasta Primavera. Fresh vegetables (never canned). Garlic Bread. Chicken Parmasean. A carving station featuring marinated flank steak. Potatoes du jour. (Ok, this writer is now officially hungry).
Soft drinks, coffee and desert too.
Of course the bar will open during dinner, but it's pay-as-you-go after 5:30 (and before 4:30).
Like we said, come hungry!
Anything new this year?
Naw, same ol', same ol'.
Just kidding! Of course there's something new this year!
Besides moving the shotgun start time to noon (see the FAQ on that), we got some cool stuff happenin'. We are always looking to keep The RBO guest experience fun, exciting and surprising. We want you back every year!
First, we are expanding the number of raffle items significantly. We want more winners and lots more happy-happy faces!
Second, and we are incredibly excited to tell you this, is that we are introducing The RBO Hall of Fame, where you'll be able to walk down memory lane (ok, just a short walk) to see photos of each year's winning foursome, admire The RBO Trophy, try on a coveted RBO Red Jacket (for those who have never won the tourament it feels reeeaaall good), and see all The RBO memorabilia we've given to our guests over the years.
Win The RBO and you are automatically inducted into The RBO Hall of Fame - you don't have to wait five years or bribe anyone to get in.
Can I volunteer to help?
You bet your bipee!
You can help us during "game day" or play a part of our planning team - big or small.
You don't have to commit your life away - there are many (many) things that need to be done to pull off a succesful tournament. Things that our guests never see (that is good, as that means we've done a great job).
After having run The RBO for three years, we like to think we are "pros" at running a golf tournament (but we don't know what we don't know so there's always room for improvement). As a result, we have created a comprehensive list of every task (and we mean every. single. thing.) that needs to be done, before, duriing, and after the tournament. This helps us sleep at night, but the works still gotta get done.
If you are interested in offering to help, please do so my emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can chat to see what you might like to do and where we might need help to see if they match-up.
What if I need to cut out early?
Well, that depends on what you mean by early.
The open-bar reception is from 4:30 to 5:30. You will miss free booze, lively conversation, lots of laughs and perhaps a few tears.
The raffle and silent auction end at 5:30. You don't need to be present to win - we will reach out to you if you are MIA (so long as we have your contact information).
Dinner is served at 5:30. You will miss fantastic food.
The Dinner Program begins at 6:00. You will miss a very moving experience.
What if I suck at golf?
No worries, lots of our "golfers" suck at golf. Word is that the Briscos are the worst golfers out there, if that's of any comfort (that's what they told us, anyway)!
Yes, we do have quite a few foursomes who are very competitive and want their names on The RBO Trophy (they typically win at 14 or 15 under par - yikes)! So that's fun for them, and fun for the tournament as a whole. We structure our tournament so that it is a "serious tournament" if that's your bag - no handicaps, limited mulligans for purchase. But you don't have to be that serious.
For the rest of us mere mortals, The RBO is a social event that raises money for a great cause and helps inspire our local kids who are suffering through cancer treatment.
As a bonus to you, golfers are supplied with a sleeve of three golf ballls - a "starter pack" - to lose in the woods or water. If you think you will lose more, either bring 'em or steal 'em from your golf partners There's always the Pro shop too (don't steal from them).
So, don't worry about your golf skills. Play in a foursome with people you like and enjoy.
If you really don't want to golf, you should join us as a "dinner only" guest, meaning you can be part of our "second wave" of guests who arrive at 4:30 for the reception and the dinner program which starts at 5:30. You won't be alone here - we typically get another 50 guests showing up for just the reception and dinner.
See you there!
Why the red jackets?
Because green was taken!
The Masters has the green jacket, so quite naturally, The RBO had to have a jacket, thank-you very much.
Quite possibly the only two golf tournaments with jackets for the winners!
"A tradition like no other" . . . well, now there are two.
How much of my registration fee is tax-deductible?
We strive to create a wonderful experience for our guests, but, unfortunately, that is not free. Generally, golf courses do not donate their services for charitable events, and that is the case for The RBO. At the same time, we keep our eyes on the expense-ball so we can make sure we are donating as much as possible to CCMC. For example, The RBO Board and the tourament RBO staff are all volunteers - neither The RBO nor Vie for the Kids has paid employees.
So, to answer your question directly:
1. Of the individual golfer registration fee, $10 is tax-deductible as a charitable gift.
2. Of the foursome golfer registration fee, $40 is tax-deductible as a charitable gift.
3. Of the dinner registration fee, $20 is tax-deductible as a charitable gift.
Under tax law, a charitable income tax deduction is not allowed for the portion of the registration fee that represents value you recieve. In the case of The RBO, that value includes greens fees, cart fees, breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar and more that The RBO must pay for.
Having said that, we do not give tax advice, so consult your tax advisor.