Were it not for Scottish Rite Hospital, 18-year-old Benjamin Sater would not be able to play golf.
"I was a patient there from the time I was two to the time I was about 10 or 11," he said.
The doctors helped Ben with a condition that affected his hands. As a "thank you," he started a children's golf tournament called KidSwing to benefit Scottish Rite.
"It'll be the 8th year, and we've raised over $800,000," Ben said.
For his extraordinary efforts in serving others through volunteerism, Ben was the only high school student from Texas chosen as one of America's Top Ten Youth Volunteers in 2010. The Plano West senior was invited to Washington D.C. last month to receive his award. "Initially, it was an awards ceremony, and they were announcing the ten winners and I heard my name; it was unbelievable! I was in shock," Ben said.
Participation in KidSwing has grown every year, and today it is one of Scottish Rite's biggest fundraising events, benefiting a different hospital program each year.
The kids love it.
Ben is now 18, and this will be his last year to play in the KidSwing tournament June 14 at Brookhaven Country Club. There's no entry fee; kids who participate are just asked to raise $100.
His goal is to raise $1 million for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital before he heads off to college in the fall.
That's why we name Benjamin Sater today's Our Neighbor.
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