Michigan Wee One Recipient Returns to School This Fall

Posted on September 4th, 2019

Hunter Johnson, son of MiGCSA member Gary Johnson, is returning to high school this fall, 2 years after a tragic hunting accident. The Johnson family has received assistance from the Wee One Foundation.

Unlike most kids his age, Hunter Johnson is looking forward to the end of Summer and the start of the upcoming school year. That might seem unusual, but Hunter Johnson is not like most kids in many ways.

Johnson, 18-year-old son of Gary Johnson, assistant superintendent at Red Run Golf Club (Royal Oak, MI), has undergone more than 20 surgeries over the past two years to rebuild the damage to his jaws, nose and face that were partially destroyed when a muzzleloader accidentally discharged while deer hunting. Even though additional surgeries and major dental work still looms, Hunter will be attending Goodrich High School this September for the first time since his accident in September of 2017.

Because of their overwhelming medical bills, the Johnson family received assistance from the Wee One Foundation, a benevolence organization that assists families of golf course maintenance professionals who have significant medical bills due to accident or illness.

Since its inception in 2004, the Wee One Foundation has gifted nearly $1.5 million to families and individuals in the turf industry who have faced financial hardship due to medical conditions. An annual fundraising initiative in Michigan has raised more than $300,000 and the majority of these funds have gone to families and individuals within the state.

The 2020 Michigan Wee One fundraiser will be held on May 11th at Point ‘O Woods CC in Benton Harbor. More information about registration and sponsorship’s will be forthcoming in the months ahead.

To learn more about the Wee One Foundation or to make a contribution, visit

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