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Annual Taylor Burgstahler Memorial Golf Tournament  

Taylor Burgstahler Memorial Golf Tournament

Please see it in your hearts to attend our next fund raising event which will be the 3rd Annual Taylor Burgstahler Memorial Golf Tournament. 

We will also have an large silent auction during dinner!

It will be held on October 16th, 2008. 

We could really use your friendship and support.

 Please donate to help a child.

Our goal is to be able to send kids to sport camps in many other sports besides Basketball; such as Football, Hockey, Baseball, Karate, Gymnastics, and others. 

Oncce again, Guy and I are going to be giving away tons of freebies such as T-shirts, golf balls, gym bags, hats, mugs, video games and more along with all the other prizes in the goodie bags to all the participating golfers! These alone are worth more than the cost of the golf game! 

We hope you can plan ahead and join us on the golf course.     

We really need your help this year!

 Last year we sent a dozen deserving children, we hope to at least double it this year!  We also gave  college grants to graduating seniors who have been good citizens.

 We have no paid employees. We rely 100% on volunteers who are professionally involved with other successful non-profit organizations such as The Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization to help select children to attend these camps. You can be assured that the children who attend are truly worthy.

Above are 7 lucky children who were selected to attend the 2007 Phoenix Suns Basketball Camp. In addition, we also sent 3 children to the Detroit Pistons camp!

Please visit The Taylor Fund website for more info.

All donations are 100% tax deductible. 

Each camper will receive:

· Expert one-on-one instruction

· Autograph from a Suns player

· Official reversible camp jersey

· Official camp gym bag

· Official camp t-shirt

· Official camp hat

· Phoenix Suns basketball

· Free ticket to a Suns' pre-season home game during the 2008-09 season

· Free ticket to a Mercury home game in August during the 2008 season

· Chance to meet Suns & Mercury celebrities

· Lots of game action

· Plus much, much more!
Guy and I see to all the extras such as clothes, uniforms, several pairs of sneakers, video games, t-shirts, shorts, basketballs, hats, gym bags. Whatever they need, we see to it that they have it.

We believe in paying it forward.

 These are really good kids, trying hard to fight the harsh realities of gang life, the grim realities of not always having enough to eat, and not having any guidance in their life.

These kids are fighters. They deserve a chance. They are trying  hard to stay away from the gangs, to stay above the fray and make something of themselves.  Isn't it time to reward them? Think about it, a kid who has the worst of everything on their shoulders, trying hard to stay on the straight and narrow.

  I know my son Taylor  would have given up everything he had to help one of these kids. Taylor would have known that his life was so blessed that he wouldn't have cared if he had to go without for a bit if it meant that someone else had a fighting chance at life.

Taylor understood.

He knew giving was more important than taking.

He gave of himself everyday.

This is what Taylor tried to do when he was alive. He volunteered more of his time than I'd ever seen any other teen do before. People admired Taylor for it, he had a kind heart.

Won't you help a child in need today?


Please help us make a difference in a child's life.

Thank you.


Popular High School Athlete Loses Life in Tragic Accident  


       
Taylor “Iceburg” Burgstahler drowned on July 17, 2005 when he lost his footing while hiking  in Tonto National Forest and tumbled over 100 yards, hit his head and fell 30 feet into the Blue Ridge Reservoir near Flagstaff, Arizona.  He was on an overnight camping trip with two friends, on his last weekend in
Arizona before moving with his family to Pittsburgh, PA.
 


Taylor William Burgstahler was known by many as the “kid who could get along with everyone,” according to several of his friends.  A junior at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona he excelled in both academics and athletics. 

Taylor was an outstanding scholar who was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program (a highly rigorous academic program recognized throughout the world) at DMHS.  He was also the Junior Class President and an elected member of the Student Government where he helped to develop the schools extracurricular activity programs (such as Wolfstock,Sultans of Rock, prom, Rock Revelation,and Battle of the Bands) and to promote school spirit within Desert Mountain high school.



Taylor also played JV and Varsity basketball at Desert Mountain High School and had been a team Captain. Taylor was known for his eclectic tastes in music and played the drums on occasion.  He loved to expose his friends to various types of music.  Everything from the obscure Aquabats, to SKA, country, Christian, Klezmer,  Frank Sinatra and rap.
Taylor volunteered his services to the American Red Cross, several fund raising walks, and coached a youth basketball program at
the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, Arizona.


He recently scored in the TOP 5 percent on the new SAT and had several top universities showing interest in awarding him scholarships. Although he had discussed the possibility of attending a smaller school so that he could play basketball for the university. He had recently returned from the 2005 American Legion Arizona Boys State at NAU where he had been elected Senator of Hunt County. Taylor was an Ambassador of People to People, and was also recognized as An All-American Scholar of the United States Achievement Academy for History and Government four years in a row.  He was planning to accept his invitation to the 2005 Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  He was also asked to attend the 2005 National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington D.C. and the National Youth Leaders Conference also in DC.   
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Taylor had moved frequently with his family and had learned to make friends fast. Naturally humble, and blessed with a jovial personality and wonderful sense of humor, people were quickly drawn to him. He also attended Maryvale Intermediate School in Cheektowaga, New York, Swift Creek Middle School and The Millwood School in Midlothian, Virginia before moving to Arizona. 
 
Taylor will be missed dearly by his grieving family which consists of his father, mother Lori, sister Brooke, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  A celebration of Taylor’s life was held for friends and family at The Highlands in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 22, 2005. Well over 700 people attended.
                                                                 


TAYLOR BURGSTAHLER MEMORIAL BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIP CAMP  
To commemorate and celebrate Taylor's life, we have established a non-profit organization called, The Taylor Fund.  
This fund will be used to send several under privileged  children who love basketball as much as Taylor did, to a Professional Basketball Camp for a week!


 These camps feature professional players, coaches and past stars helping kids learn about the fundamentals - and fun - involved in playing the game that Taylor enjoyed so much.

 Lori and Brooke will help select the recipients of these scholarships each year working closely with the 
the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America 

Ten lucky kids got to attend the 2006 Phoenix Suns Basketball Camp!
This is a huge event for these kids.
Knowing someone cares makes a big impact on these children! 

Each child is provided with transportation to and from the camp, overnight accomodations, a team practice jersey, a gym bag stuffed to the brim with clothes, sneakers, video games, a leather basketball, inspirational books, a digital camera and much more!

Please visit the Taylor Fund to learn how you can help.

Taylor's 19th Birthday on February 28th, 2007  


He would have changed the world had he lived longer.
Instead, he changed me...

On February 28th, 2007, in remembrance of Taylor, please visit the Angel of Hope Statue at 6500 E. Bell Road near Scottsdale Road. The Angel of Hope is located in The Hansen Memorial Gardens.

We hope that all of Taylor's friends & acquaintances remember to say a prayer in honor of Taylor's 19th Birthday. 

 
If anyone has any pictures or videos (think Spanish, Winget, cell phone pictures, any grade, or even STUGO) of Taylor please let me know.

 
A few family members who were unable to travel from distant states celebrated Taylor's 19th birthday in special ways, recorded the images, and sent them to us.  Thank you!
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Taylor's cousin in New York,  Brittany Wiesner,  lit a candle and released a balloon with a note attached!

Taylor's closest friends spent the evening lighting candles, releasing 19 balloons and eating 19 cupcakes!
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The Taylor Fund  



 
Please help us keep Taylor's memory alive.  

Your donation will help send several needy children to an NBA basketball camp,  or and help deserving 
kids live a dream. 

Donations are gratefully accepted on a year round basis. Please help us make a difference in a child's life.

Click here to donate:
 The Taylor Fund 


Please add your name to this list by donating  


 I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has so generously donated to the Taylor Fund which will send several needy children to the a professional sporting camp and help send deserving students to college!  Taylor had many passions in life, two of them being the love of basketball and the love of helping those in need.  Being able to combine both in Taylor's memory is such an honor.  

Through
The Taylor Fund ( a non-profit organization started in Taylor's memory) we are hoping to continue to raise enough funds to send several needy children to professional sports camps every year.  Each donation is tax deductible and when you donate, you will receive the tax ID number needed for your files.  There is now  a link to the Taylor  Fund website where you will be able to make donations online.  
www.thetaylorfund.com

Thank you for honoring Taylor's memory with your donation.  We hope to continue to keep Taylor's memory alive by living and giving selflessly.  Taylor was a very loving individual and he would be so proud to know that there are  many people who care as much about others as he did.
           THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ARE KEEPING   
    TAYLOR'S DREAMS ALIVE


2006 Taylor Burgstahler Memorial Golf Tournament  


On 21 August, 2006, the First Annual Taylor Burgstahler Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Niagara Frontier Country Club.  

With over 100 players signed up to play, the event was a complete success and thousands of dollars were raised. Thank you!

There were hundreds of prizes awarded, many in the form of gift baskets!  Everything from Hank Wagner golf clubs, Adidas t-shirts, Nike gym bags, signed Buffalo Bills memoribilia  to a Moses Malone signed basketball from the NBA.  The highlight of the event was the awarding of several sets of golf clubs and bags  generously donated by TaylorMade.  Nearly everyone at the event walked away with a prize.



We would like to extend a very gracious "Thank you" to the many volunteers that made the day an emotional and financial success. 
 
The entire Burgstahler family for being available and on call during the entire event.  

TaylorMade - One of the finest companies to be associated with, thank you for your generosity.  Your donations are what made our tournament the talk of the circuit.  I am sure our son is proudly looking down on us as he tees off with a Taylormade golf club in his hand. 

This past year has been a very humbling experience for my family and myself.  We have found support from people we never imagined would  have stepped forward to help, yet did.  We have gained a newly formed appreciation for all things great and small, for friends new and old, and for family here and there. 

It is our greatest dream and biggest priority to live up to our son Taylor's extraordinary values.  A young man cut down in the prime of his life.  A young man who had worked hard to make this world a more welcome place.   A young wise soul who always knew the right thing to say and do in every situation.  A human being who brought it upon himself to welcome everyone into his fold.  

We hope we can do Taylor proud by showing the world that we care and that we are here to help to make the world a better place to live.  
Everyone who participated in the tournament, know that you have helped to keep Taylor's memory and dreams alive.  Thank you for that.

We hope we see you all again next year.   
2007's tournament is going to be played at Peak and Peak Golf and Ski Resort  in New York.  


Taylor Burgstahler Memorial Golf Tournament  

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We are pleased to announce that a Golf Tournament will be played in honor of Taylor at the Niagara Frontier Country Club on Monday, August 21, 2006. 

TaylorMade Golf Equipment is sponsering the tournament! All profits will be awarded to the
Taylor Burgstahler Memorial Fund.

This is going to be a huge event - come out and enjoy the day while supporting a great cause.  Rooms will be available at a special rate to those who wish to stay at the Niagara Falls Resort and Casino. 

There will be prizes galore, delicous food and special guest professional sports players! 

See below for a partial listing of prizes and silent auction items.

If you cannot make the golf tournament, please make a donation. Thank you!

For more info please visit: 
www.thetaylorfund.com

Arizona Republic Newspaper Article about Taylor's Accident.  

Teen remembered for his smile that 'went a country mile'


The Arizona Republic
Jul. 22, 2005

SCOTTSDALE - The penguins and chickens in Taylor Burgstahler's stuffed animal collection have been divided slowly among the hundreds of friends who have come to his family's home since the 17-year-old's body was found Tuesday in Blue Ridge Reservoir.

His friends now have mementos to remember the Scottsdale boy whose "smile went a country mile," said his dad.

Taylor left for an impromptu camping trip with two friends Sunday afternoon. The three boys were maneuvering down a steep embankment on their way to go fishing when Taylor lost his footing and tumbled into the reservoir, which is about 60 miles south of Flagstaff.

The Coconino County medical examiner ruled Thursday that Taylor's death was accidental and that he died of complications of drowning due   to  blunt force head trauma.

That county's sheriff's office recovered his body 40 feet under the surface late Tuesday afternoon by using a remote-operated robot, Capt. Jeff Drayton said.

Taylor just finished his junior year at Desert Mountain High School, where he was the class president and a varsity basketball player. The family has plans to move in a week to Pittsburgh, where Taylor would have finished high school.

"He was just trying to have the summer of his life because he was leaving this behind," *** said.

Taylor and his friends spent every night together this summer. The group played poker, basketball and video games. They went to concerts, tubed, golfed and sneaked into hotel pools.

Taylor made friends with everyone from athletes to goths; he listened to everything from ska to Frank Sinatra; he wore everything from cowboy hats to the Hawaiian-flowered cap he got at a closeout store.


"Taylor was Taylor," said his mom, Lori Burgstahler.


Taylor and his sister, 14-year-old Brooke Burgstahler, were always close. Sometimes he'd make her put in a couple of dollars for gas money, but he'd drive her places and even pick up her friends.

He was a protective older brother and tried to scare off boys who called for his sister.

Taylor's friends teased him because he ate so much. In fact, they'd just eaten before he fell.

The three boys set up their campsite, made a fire pit and ate before they headed off to go fishing, said Nick Moschetta, who was with Taylor at the reservoir.

They were heading down an undeveloped trail when Taylor started falling.

"He couldn't slow down," Nick said.

Taylor hit a boulder and trees before falling into the water. The other two boys screamed for help.

Taylor's memorial service will be at 7 tonight at Highlands Church 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale.

His family said anyone is welcome. But they ask that everyone wear colorful clothes, not black.


Taylor's 18th Birthday!  
There will be a candle light ceremony and balloon release for Taylor Burgstahler's 18th Birthday at Desert Mountain High School on February 28th, 2006.  It will begin at 7pm and last until 7:30pm.  If you want to say a few words, you will be welcomed to speak.  NF2 memorial balloon release 2005

At that time the Burgstahler's will announce  the establishment of a monetary donation given in Taylor's name to the Desert Mountain High School STUGO.  Go Wolves!
Basketball game, February 9th 2006  





I am so excited to report that the entire Burgstahler Family is going to make it to the February 9th Varsity basketball game at Desert Mountain High School! 

We are so happy to be able to watch Taylor's team play against Brophy. 
 
The game is on a  Thursday night, so hopefully we will be able to get the players and their parents together for a nice dinner afterward.

We cannot wait to see all of our favorite kids!


JV Basketball Team Headbands  

  
This is a letter that Taylor wrote to the difficult basketball coach at Desert Mountain High School. (He has since been replaced.) 
This took guts Taylor,  I'm so proud of you!

Desert Mountain High School

12/1/03

Dear Mr. Girnius,


     While at practice Monday night, coach Brennan brought up a point that caught many of the members of the J.V. team off guard- that we would no longer be allowed to wear headbands for games or practices. The reason for this, he said, was that it should be a privilege to wear this article of clothing, and that those who are playing on the Varsity team have earned the right. As a team however, we do not agree. We discussed the issue and after receiving permission from our coach, went about writing this letter to you in order to hopefully get you to reconsider.
Wearing a headband during a game is not a distraction to anyone, nor does it pose a a threat to any player. It simply serves to stop sweat and hair from blocking one’s eyes, and in that sense it is very useful. The headband can also help to build team chemistry, by giving the players something immediately in common. This would be good for both on and off the court, helping us become a more cohesive unit as a whole.  Although it is true that the members of the Varsity team have earned the right to be playing at the level they are, the J.V. team as a group does not feel as though it should be a problem for us to wear headbands to games or during practice. Please reconsider your decision. The team thanks you for your time

    
Sincerely,

The Junior Varsity Basketball Team


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. Newspaper article  



 A search is underway at Blue Ridge Reservoir for a teenager who vanished after tumbling into the reservoir.

The Coconino County sheriff's office identifies the boy as 17-year-old Taylor Burgstahler.


 It says the Phoenix-area teen and two friends were walking from the parking area to the reservoir to go fishing yesterday afternoon when Burgstahler lost his footing. 

The sheriff's office says the boy tumbled approximately 100 feet down the slope, and reportedly hit a large rock before falling into the water.

Divers are involved in the search.
Blue Ridge Reservoir is 63 miles south of Flagstaff.


Arizona Obit  
Taylor William Burgstahler, age 17, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away July 17, 2005. Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 22nd at 7:00 P.M. at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger PInnacle Peak Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic on 7/21/2005.
 

Candle Lighting Ceremony at Angel of Hope in Scottsdale, AZ  

 

On December 10,  there will be a candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of all children who have died before their time at the Angel of Hope Statue at 6500 E. Bell Road near Scottsdale Road.  The Angel of Hope is located in The Hansen Memorial Gardens.  

The candle lighting will start at approximately 6:15 pm.  Please bring a candle and matches with you.  We know many families that have lost children this year and we hope all their friends and families will be able to attend this important memorial in honor of our loved ones.
 
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