Scottsdale, AZ [November, 2019] – The Memorial Classic, the annual golf outing headed by Tom and Jake Johnson of Johnson Consulting Group, raised $128,000 in support of the Funeral Service Foundation’s Memorial Classic academic scholarship fund, which allows the Foundation to provide academic scholarships each year to deserving students pursuing a career in funeral service. Half of this years donation will be allocated to Fund 45 the annual fund for the FSF.

Jake speaking at Funeral Service Foundation’s 2019 Donor Reception

Players from across the profession gather for the annual Memorial Classic and dedicate two days of play to the memory of the profession’s finest: Bill Bischoff, Dave Hirt, Steve Mack, John Morrow, Ed Murphy, Ed Tuggle and Joe Weatherford. Since its inception, the Memorial Classic has raised $500,000 in support of Funeral Service Foundation academic scholarships.

“The significant contributions made over time by the Memorial Classic have been game-changing,” said Lee Wiensch, Executive Director. The Memorial Classic donors have contributed more than $500,000 to the Funeral Service Foundation since the event began, allowing the Foundation to make meaningful grants and provide educational opportunities and scholarships that promote funeral service and ensure a bright future for our profession.”

The Foundation’s Youth & Funerals initiative is designed to help families understand the role that funerals and memorials play in the lives of youth. The Johnson family has always been passionate about Funeral Service Foundation’s mission which includes a strong approach to education that leads to promising careers in funeral service.

According to Tom Johnson, he began this golf tournament 38 years ago with the intent of just getting good friends in Funeral Service together for a few days of fellowship. The Classic now has roughly 130 participants each year who attend the event. “All of these gentlemen have been extremely generous in supporting the Memorial Classic mission. We are thankful to all attendees for their generosity”, stated Tom Johnson.

“Dad and I have been long time supporters of the Funeral Service Foundation, both having served on the Board, and it’s an honor to be able to donate each year” said Jake Johnson, President and CEO of Johnson Consulting Group, “On behalf of all the contributors at the Memorial Classic golf tournament, we want to thank the funeral service foundation for the role they play in our profession!”

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About the Funeral Service Foundation –

Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the profession’s philanthropic voice. As the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997, the Foundation receives operational support from NFDA and donors across the profession to help advance its mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.

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