Next Thursday, June 3rd, The Oregon Club of Southern Oregon has their annual golf tournament and dinner auction at the Rogue Valley Country Club here in Medford, to raise money for University of Oregon Athletics.
This year the name of the event has been changed to "The Fitz Brewer Duffin Fore the Ducks" to honor Fitz who died this past year and was know as Mr Duck in Southern Oregon. As I posted here when he died:
To generations of Southern Oregonians, and particularly many many local media reporters over the years, Fitz was the number one Duck fan in Southern Oregon who was always available for a quote, and often a humorous spiritual message about the importance of being a Duck. If there ever was a Duck 24 / 7, it has been Fitz. He was also a generous supporter of the Duck Athletic fund.....
Fitz has given much to this community, in volunteer time, money, enthusiasm, boosterism, arm twisting, and positive attitude. He has been more than a Tornado and a Duck.
On a personal note the meetings of the Oregon Club of Southern Oregon will be a duller place without his presence. He could light up a room with his stories and enthusiasm for the Ducks.
As a friend wrote in an email today "As Fitz steps inside the gates of Heaven, you can be guaranteed that God will hear about a team other than Notre Dame."
A bus from Eugene will bring down coaches,(including head football coach Chip Kelley and former head football coach and Athletic Director Mike Bellotti) and administrators to golf with Southern Oregon Duck fans. While everyone is out golfing I and some other fans will set up for the Thursday night silent auction that goes with the dinner and oral auction at the Country Club. This is the 25rd year we have had this event.
In addition to honoring Fitz and his family we will get to say good-by and thank you to Mike Bellotti who is leaving us to go to work for ESPN as a football analyst. Both Fitz and Mike Bellotti have meant a lot to Southern Oregon Duck fans and both have been regular attendees and major supporters of the Duffin Fore the Ducks Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction during it's 25 year existence.