Danny Nelson was a father, a son and a husband from Princeton, Illinois who was a small town kid through and through. He loved his little hometown of Princeton so much that when he graduated from St. Ambrose college, he decided to move back home and begin his adult life there. In 2013 Danny married his wife, Rachel. They would go on to have a child together three years later named Sadie Elizabeth. Danny had many hobbies and interests, but he was most passionate about golf, hunting, spending time with his friends and family and giving back to the community he held so dear to his heart.

On October 11, 2016 Danny’s life was tragically taken when he collided with a semi truck head-on while driving to pick up lunch for his coworkers and himself. Danny’s passing rocked Princeton and the surrounding communities, but the outpouring of support has been nearly overwhelming and truly unbelievable. Family, friends and even strangers have rallied together to support Danny’s family in these devastatingly trying times. Danny wasn’t one to shy away from lending a helping hand, either, and thats why the goal of the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund is to continue Danny’s spirit of caring, loving and giving back to his community. Danny’s huge heart will live on through the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund. 

In honor of Danny and his giving spirit, his friends organized the Danny Nelson Memorial Golf Outing in 2017.  All proceeds from this annual event will be placed in the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund and distributed to charitable organizations to be used in the community that Danny was so fond of. The outings will not only include a round of golf, but will also include a “Duck Drop”, free-throw competition and a silent auction. The “Duck Drop” is an event where ticket holders sign their name to the bottom of a rubber ducky they can purchase for $2. Patrons may also buy 3 ducks for $5. All the ducks are collected and dropped from a helicopter onto a designated area where a flag has been placed. The person’s duck that lands the closest to the flag is the winner of the 50/50 prize.

The 2018 Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Hidden Lake Golf Club in Sheffield, Illinois.  Event registration is $70 per golfer or $280 per team for golf, a cart, T-Shirt and dinner. For dinner only, the cost is $15.00.  Please purchase tickets in advance so an accurate meal count can be given to the caterer.  There will also be a live auction after dinner, so plan to attend for that as well.

Proceeds from last years event are making it possible to present a very nice check to the 2018 Grant recipient at the event! 

For more information regarding the Danny Nelson Memorial Golf Outing and how to register for the event, contact Michael at (309) 238-1718 or Ben at (815) 878-6648. If you cannot make the golf outing or just wish to donate to the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund, click the donate button at the top of this page.  More information can be found on Facebook at The Danny Nelson Memorial page. 






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