KEN WHIDDON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
5th ANNUAL KEN WHIDDON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Jekyll Island Golf Club
October, 2020 (date/time TBD)
$70 per person (two-person teams)
To Benefit the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
About Ken Whiddon
Ken Whiddon lived with bipolar disorder and was very ill for many years. He was hospitalized, heavily medicated, and received electric shock treatments on multiple occasions. Surviving on SSI disability, he managed to return to work and then college. After furthering his education, he became Deputy Director at the local Mental Health Center in Glynn County, Georgia, and then became executive director at the state regional office.
In an effort to better serve consumers with disabilities he started his own company, Amer(icanWork), Inc. in 1999, where he eventually employed over 400 people. He made it his mission to assist consumers with disabilities in finding work and improving their quality of life.
He sold the company but stayed on with the new ownership to continue the work he loved doing so much, before his death in 2015. His life is proof that you can accomplish or obtain your goals regardless of your physical or mental disability.
Ken was one of the original founders of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, a non-profit corporation founded by Ken and other consumers of state services for mental health, substance use, and developmental disabilities.
All of the proceeds of the Ken Whiddon Annual Golf Tournament are used to assist people with behavioral health concerns to return to work by providing them training, resources, and supports.