When Tim Flaherty helped create the “Hy-Vee Bonehead” golf tournament years ago, it was all about getting together and spending time with Hy-Vee employees, families and suppliers.
Flaherty, who was the Hy-Vee store manager, passed away nearly a year ago and his memory lives on in the community.
A new golf tournament was started in Flaherty’s name and to help support prospective students.
“Having this memorial golf event honoring Tim means the world to our family,” said Tim’s wife, Jodi. “Tim always remembered this tournament over the years. It was something he was so proud to be part of since its inception. It was an opportunity for all employees and suppliers to enjoy a day off. and to celebrate everyone’s hard work.
The first tournament of this year will take place on Friday at Lakeside.
“Tim was one of the original creators of this event and the twist was the”winners“From this event were the biggest losers, the ones with the highest scores,” Wilson said. “After the holidays, I got together with the family to do an event for Tim. He loved the Bonehead tournament and he got people out of the store.
This tournament is not affiliated with Hy-Vee, but will honor a Hy-Vee employee with scholarships.
“This is a Hy-Vee employee scholarship fundraising event,” Wilson said. “When I played with Tim in this tournament, it was super fun.
“We were just playing and Tim was saying if you had to hit four balls, hit four balls and drop one in the fairway.”
Flaherty loved talking with Hy-Vee customers and shoppers every time they passed by the store.
“Tim was passionate about helping young people in our community and when they came to work at Hy-Vee he loved teaching them about good customer service, great work ethics and employee relations,” Jodi said. “He liked to roll up his sleeves to work alongside them to guide them. So for the community to come out and honor him to continue his passion for helping young people use the proceeds of a memorial scholarship for a high school student who works at the store is such a blessing.
Jodi Flaherty has been touched by all the help and support since Tim’s passing and the help for the upcoming tournament.
“I want to thank Brandon Wilson for leading this event with the help of Tim’s family, friends and our kids,” Jodi said. “We would also like to thank the companies and families who donated, played or volunteered during the event.
“I will end with a quote from Tim Flaherty”The two sweetest words a person can hear are: thank you.