Glenn R. Cassidy
August 14, 1951 - October 10, 2015
Glenn had a long-time love affair with golf starting back in his college days - he idolized Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and the late Payne Stewart and always looked forward to critiquing John Daly's attire on the course.
He loved to watch golf on TV as much as he enjoyed playing and the Golf Channel was always on in the house in addition to ESPN, so he could keep up with scores. His golf hat collection over the years literally took over the closet, and he always said "you can't have too many golf hats!" So it's only fitting to honor Glenn with an annual golf tournament, and raise some money for some of his favorite charities like Children's Village, a facility that serves special needs children and is funded by the Yakima Valley Memorial Foundation.
Glenn's passion for the Memorial Foundation began when he started his career at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in 1988, as a communications specialist and eventually became Creative Services Director. While at Memorial he became involved in the Memorial Follies, designing the program, stage sets and advertising. His creativity shone with the creation of the Saftysaurus mascot, a lovable, giant green dinosaur used to promote the safety campaign geared for children.
Glenn also took on many freelance projects over the years including designing the Capitol Theatre's mascot "Gus the Cat," and "Boomer," the mascot for the Yakima Bears baseball team.
CAPITOL THEATRE - CAPITOL KIDS
This year all proceeds go toward supporting the Capitol Kids program at the Capitol Theatre.
The Capitol Theatre buzzes with energy when crammed full with hundreds of children on the edge of their seats. For over a decade, Capitol Kids has been a community partner with our Valley's educators. Where schools trim their arts programs, the Capitol provides extraordinary and engaging performances that augment the in-school and home-school curriculum. This year alone 14 school districts, 35 schools, 143 classrooms, and 6578 students.
WHAT IS CAPITOL KIDS?
Capitol Kids is a youth theatre arts program designed to inspire curiosity and unleash creativity. More engaging than watching a movie, Capitol Kids live performances are entertaining and interactive, giving children the opportunity to think, imagine, and dream. Our shows are presented by professional touring companies, providing teachers and students with high quality, easily accessed, one-of-a-kind experiences that help kids develop into well-rounded thinkers and problem solvers.
WHY CAPITOL KIDS?
Art is a crucial component to any complete education. Unfortunately, when education funding is reduced, arts programs are often the first courses eliminated. Capitol Kids was created to help ensure that all Yakima Valley children receive the benefits of arts programming; higher self-esteem, motivation, discipline, and creativity.