17th Annual Shining Light Charity Golf Scramble
Shining Light Charity History

Dan and Lisa Puthoff's son, Gabriel, was born in December 2001 with a neural tube defect known as Spina Bifida.  Immediately following his birth, Gabriel was transported to the NICU at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH where he underwent several surgeries in the first couple of weeks of life.  Since this time, as a family, we have been introduced to a world we never knew existed.  Throughout this time we have met countless individuals who have made it their life's work and passion to treat, care for, and inspire children with disabilities to lead full, productive, and happy lives. 

As a result of these experiences, we felt and continue to feel an enormous debt of gratitude that these people and organizations exist for children like Gabriel.  As an expression of this gratitude, we organized the 1st Annual Shining Light Charity Golf Scramble in 2002.  In 2004, we formed an IRS registered and recognized 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit organization.  In 2018 we held our 16th event and in total, have raised over $250,000 in net proceeds. 


The purpose of the Shining Light Charity is to raise money to benefit organizations that provide care to children with disabilities.

More specifically, our primary focus is on organizations that offer programs designed to help disabled children more fully participate in sports and physical activities.