Camren Neisler didn’t make it to his 21st birthday, which would have been March 3, 2021, but thanks to the love and support of his friends and family, Neisler had quite the party anyway.
This year’s Camren’s on the Green Memorial Golf Tournament was held on March 27, at Oak Terrace Resort in Pana and with dozens of golfers and volunteers sporting T-shirts with Neisler’s smiling mug, hoisting a cold one.
“Thank you to all who participated in any way at all,” Brandy Chausse, Camren’s mom, said on the tournament Facebook page. “You all are appreciated more than you will ever know, I could not keep doing things in Camren’s memory without the support.”
Since Neisler passed away in a car accident on Oct. 25, 2018, Camren’s Causes has raised thousands of dollars for community projects, including a mini-golf course at Shane Cole Park, scholarships in Neisler’s memory and community projects like the revitalization of the Nokomis Memorial Pool, which received $30,000 from Camren’s Causes.
While the final numbers have not been calculated yet, the tournament is expected to be as successful as the first two, which raised a combined $55,000 in 2019 and 2020.
Members of Neisler’s class, friends of his sister Haley and Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins all hosted fun holes at the tournament, raising more than $3,000 in additional donations.
Chausse made sure to thank all of those who supported the tournament, which will continue in 2022, with a date set for July 2, at Oak Terrace. Included in that group were Chausse’s parents, Larry and Linda Seifert.
“Thank you to my mom and dad for all the running I could not do. My dad(Camren’s grandpa) went all around to area golf courses collecting donations, putting up signs, getting teams, sponsors, etc. and continuing to be Camren’s Mini greens grounds keeper,” Chausse said. “This doesn’t surprise me because he made sure Camren was at tournaments, practices, matches or anything else he needed to be at! No matter how early he had to be there. Not to mention he made sure he had a snack and a drink.”
In addition to the tournament, Camren’s Causes and Nokomis St. Louis Catholic School are also hosting a Queen of Hearts drawing at the Depot Pub and Grill in Nokomis, with tickets also on sale at Ugly Mugs and Town Pump Bowl.
For more information on all of the Camren’s Causes projects, find them on Facebook. For more information on the tournament, go to the tournament, go to www.facebook.com/CamrensOntheGreen.