Cranes’ charity work puts golf in perspective
Monday, May 10, 2010
I have just invented the first annual Good Guy Award – along with the Mrs. Good Guy Award – because Ben and Heather Crane deserve to be recognized.
Not that personal recognition means anything to them. It doesn’t.
What the Cranes dearly want to do is shine a spotlight on an international problem that isn’t exactly dinner conversation at the local country club – child sex trafficking.
So it was that Ben tied for fourth at the Players Championship and immediately jetted back to Dallas for a charity golf event the next day, May 10, at Vaquero Golf Club in Westlake, Texas.
Through various golf tournaments, auctions and fundraisers, Ben and Heather have been able to generate close to $2 million in their charitable campaign. Monday’s Day with the Pros was just another small step in a very ambitious program to raise both money and recognition.
PGA Tour wives are seldom heard or seen, except, perhaps, when they wear those impossible-to-miss patriotic outfits at the Ryder Cup.
The world wasn’t looking when Heather, along with Dowd Simpson (wife of Tour player Webb Simpson) and Athena Perez (wife of Tour player Pat Perez), recently embarked on an eye-opening journey to Southeast Asia (Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand).
The three women were accompanied by Rob Morris and Lamont Hiebert, co-founders of Love146, an international group whose mission is to end the sexual exploitation of children.
Heather and Ben, who have two small children of their own, had been to Southeast Asia before. The reason is simple: Helping to make the world a better and safer place has long been part of their family upbringing and personal conviction.
Reflected Heather, “What you see will make you cry, but at same time it will make you more determined to change it.”
Sometimes all of us need to put golf in perspective.