John “Mike” Cordell was a beloved Shriner and regular visitor to Wings of Hope. When he passed away suddenly in November 2018, it was a big blow to the Wings of Hope family. We knew John as the big guy behind the wheel of the red Shriner van who would come to Wings of Hope to drive one of our frequent fliers, Elizabeth, to her appointments at Shriners Hospital. We still fly Elizabeth, and she still smiles when talking about “Uncle John.” John also started the annual Christmas party for Shriners’ patients. He was a generous soul who had a special spot in his heart for children. This inspired Bob Sudholt to honor his good friend’s legacy by organizing the first ever John “Mike” Cordell Children’s Charity Golf Classic.
“I wanted to do something to keep his memory going – to honor his legacy of helping children,” said Bob.
John’s widow, Carla, suggested the proceeds of the tournament go to Wings of Hope. “John was such a generous and kind man,” said Wing of Hope President and CEO Bret Heinrich. “It was an honor to know him – and we are honored and grateful to be the beneficiary of this first charity classic in his name.”