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Golfers enjoy the day at one of the six golf courses listed below. Partners at the Premier level and up ($25,000+) have their choice of golf course. All golfers are notified of their course assignments approximately one week prior to the event. After golf all attendees gather at Van Abel’s of Hollandtown for an inspiring dinner program, complete with both online and live auctions. Dinner guests are treated to a traditional Wisconsin supper club, family style meal featuring Van Abel’s famous perch and broasted chicken.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | Welcome Reception
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • All attendees are invited to U.S. Venture to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and entertainment the night before the outing. Golfers will be able to pickup their gift.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | U.S. Venture Open
  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Golf Course Registration
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch - served until 2:30 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Tee-off | Scramble Begins
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Cocktail Reception at Van Abel's of Hollandtown
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • VIP Reception with Michael Phelps - invite only
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner Served - casual dress
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Live Auction
  • 6:45 p.m.
  • Program with Michael Phelps
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Announce total raised to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin

Locations

 

    Lodging

    Coming from out of town? Consider one of the venues listed below. Please note that this is not a complete listing of area accommodations, it simply serves as a reference for hotels that may have availability.

    CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Space
    • CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Space

    • Address:

      300 West College Avenue
      Appleton, WI 54911

      *Request the U.S. Venture rate

    • Phone:
      (877) 303-0303

    • Website:
      www.copperleafhotel.com

    Courtyard Appleton Riverfront

    Country Inn & Suites
    • Country Inn & Suites

    • Address:

      130 Patriot Drive
      Little Chute, WI 54140

      *Request the U.S. Venture rate

    • Phone:
      800-456-4000

    • Website:
      www.countryinns.com

    Hilton Garden Inn
    • Hilton Garden Inn

    • Address:

      720 Eisenhower Drive
      Kimberly, WI 54136

      *Request the U.S. Venture rate

    • Phone:
      920-730-1900

    • Website:
      www.hiltongardeninn.com

    Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley
    • Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley

    • Address:

      333 West College Avenue
      Appleton, WI 54911

      *Request the U.S. Venture rate

    • Phone:
      920-733-8000

    • Website:
      www.redlion.com/appleton

    Days Inn & Suites Kaukana
    • Days Inn & Suites Kaukana

    • Address:

      1201 Maloney Road
      Kaukauna, WI 54130

      *Request the U.S. Venture rate

    • Phone:
      920-766-0088

    • Website:
      www.daysinn.com

    Cambria Suites
    • Cambria Suites

    • Address:

      3940 N Gateway Drive
      Appleton, WI 54913

      *Request the U.S. Venture rate

    • Phone:
      920-735-9955

    • Website:
      920-735-9955

    Holiday Inn Hotel
    • Holiday Inn Hotel

    • Address:

      150 South Nicolet Road
      Appleton, WI 54914

      *Request the U.S. Venture rate

    • Phone:
      920-735-9955

    • Website:
      www.hiappleton.com

    Since its inception the U.S. Venture Open has raised millions of dollars to help those in need.

    1. 1986

      Bill Schmidt, youngest of the Schmidt brothers, started the first golf outing. It was originally called the U.S. Oil Open for Diabetes and was held on August 13, 1986 at Mid Vallee Golf Course with dinner at Van Abel’s Supper Club. The inaugural event had 97 golfers, 21 sponsors and raised $46,645. The donation for golf was $125 and a hole sponorship was $1,500. The company paid 100% of the expenses, dollars stayed in the community and a fund was setup at the newly formed Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. It was the first fund established at the Foundation.

      1986
    2. 1987

      An annual tradition continued on the second Wednesday of August. The event raised $52,175 for Alzheimers with 40 sponsors and 42 employee volunteers. A fishing tournament was also created for those donors that did not golf. There were nearly 50 fishermen who participated in Green Bay.

      1987
    3. 1988

      This year $63,475 was raised for Needy Children with 38 sponsors, 139 golfers and fishermen. At this time three funds were setup to rotate among diabetes and alzeimers, due to family members dealing with the diseases and needy children because of a tragedy involving a young Kaukauna girl.

      1988
    4. 1989

      The event raised $81,943 for Diabetes with 146 golfers, 22 fishermen and 117 dinner attendees.

      1989
    5. 1990

      This year $98,888 was raised for Alzheimers. Bob Harlan, then Green Bay Packers President/CEO, was the guest of honor.

      1990
    6. 1991

      The event got so large some golfers had to golf at a second golf course, Countryside Golf Club. $115,465 was raised for Needy Children.

      1991
    7. 1992

      Proceeds were split between the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region and the newly-formed Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. $152,835 was raised for Diabetes. Bob Harlan, Green Bay Packers & Dick Bennett, UWGB Basketball Coach were the guests of honor.

      1992
    8. 1993

      This year $204,732 was raised for Alzheimers.

      1993
    9. 1994

      The event continued to expand with a third golf course at Mystery Hills Golf Course. $265,000 was raised for Needy Children. Packers legend Bart Starr welcomed participants.

      1994
    10. 1995

      This year $301,677 was raised for Diabetes. Bart Starr was the guest golfer and speaker.

      1995
    11. 1996

      The event raised $350,143 for Alzheimers with 84 volunteers. Pat Richter, University of Wisconsin athletic director, was the guest of honor.

      1996
    12. 1997

      This year $378,205 was raised for Needy Children with 250 sponsors and 100 volunteers. 325 golfers played at Countryside, MidVallee & Wander Springs. $2.1 million was raised in 12 years. Bart Starr was the guest of honor.

      1997
    13. 1998

      The event raised $395,100 for Diabetes. Max McGee, Green Bay Packers legend, made his first of many appearances at the outing. His passion for finding a cure for diabetes kept him coming back.

      1998
    14. 1999

      This year $433,554 was raised for Alzheimers with 435 golfers. Max McGee, Green Bay Packers legend, was the guest of honor. After 13 years, this was the last year a fishing tournament was held on Lake Poygan in conjunction with the golf outing.

      1999
    15. 2000

      The event raised $442,593 for Needy Children. Max McGee, Green Bay Packers legend & Pat Richter, University of Wisconsin athletic director, were guests of honor.

      2000
    16. 2001

      This year $459,357 was raised for Diabetes. Max McGee, Green Bay Packers legend, was the guest of honor.

      2001
    17. 2002

      The event raised $486,623 for Alzheimers with 390 golfers. Max McGee, Green Bay Packers legend, was the guest of honor.

      2002
    18. 2003

      This year $468,442 was raised for Needy Children.

      2003
    19. 2004

      The outing raised $542,425 for Diabetes with 402 golfers. Max McGee & Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packers legends, were the guests of honor.

      2004
    20. 2005

      The U.S. Oil Open celebrated its 20th anniversary. $622,000 was raised for Alzheimers. Max McGee & Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packers legends, were the guests of honor. In twenty years the event raised nearly $6 million and granted more than $2.25 million.

      2005
    21. 2006

      The event raised $744,600 for Needy Children with more than 450 golfers. Deanna Favre, philanthropist and wife of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, was the guest of honor.
      After extensive research on mission and impact, it was decided to consolidate the Diabetes, Alzheimers and Needy Children funds into the U.S. Oil Open Fund for Basic Needs.

      2006
    22. 2007

      Deanna Favre made her second appearance and the event raised $1,000,000 with 542 golfers and 250 sponsors. The basic needs focus and collaboration with the J. J. Keller Foundation commitment to grant matching was announced.

      2007
    23. 2008

      Granting expanded to include the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation which started a true regional approach to giving in Northeast Wisconsin. The first Basic Needs Giving Partnership grants were made in Spring 2008 to fight poverty. $1,253,000 was raised and $550,000 of grants were matched by J. J. Keller Foundation. Jim Irwin, radio voice of the Green Bay Packers for 30 years and Marla McGee attended to honor her late husband, Max.

      2008
    24. 2009

      The event raised $1,452,000 with more than $10 million raised since 1986. J. J. Keller Foundation matched grants of $650,000. Nancy Lopez, professional golfer, made her first of four appearances along with then Wisconsin Governor, Jim Doyle.

      2009
    25. 2010

      U.S. Oil Co., Inc. changed its name to U.S. Venture, Inc., and as a result the event was renamed the U.S. Venture Open. The outing celebrated a quarter century of giving raising $2,217,000.
      J. J. Keller Foundation matched $750,000 of grants. The event once again experienced growth by expanding to five golf courses adding North Shore Golf Club. More than $10 million was raised and nearly $7 million granted in 25 years. Golf legend, Arnold Palmer, was the guest of honor.

      2010
    26. 2011

      The U.S. Venture Open raised $1,785,000 in 2011. J. J. Keller Foundation pledged an $800,000 grant match for the next three years. Since 1986, raised more than $12.6 million and granted $8 million. Professional cyclist, Lance Armstrong, was the guest of honor.

      2011
    27. 2012

      The event raised $1,860,000 in 2012 and in 27 years raised more than $14.4 million and granted $9.5 million. Golf legend, Jack Nicklaus, was the guest of honor.

      2012
    28. 2013

      • Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers wide receiver, was the guest of honor
      • $2.125 million raised
      • 816 golfers
      • $16.3 million raised & $11.3 million granted in 28 years
      2013
    29. 2014

      • Henry Aaron, baseball legend, was the guest of honor.
      • $2.314 million was raised with 450 partners.
      • Continued growth required the addition of a sixth golf course. Butte des Morts Country Club was added to accommodate 868 golfers.
      • $18.4 million raised & $14.1 million granted in 29 years.
      • J. J. Keller Foundation renewed their $800,000 annual grant match for another 3 years.
      2014
    30. 2015

      • The U.S. Venture Open raised nearly $30 million in 30 years
      • Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin basketball coach, was the guest of honor
      • $3,570,408 raised
      • 832 golfers
      2015
    31. 2016

      • Packers legends, Donald Driver, Willie Davis, Jerry Kramer & Paul Hornung were the guests of honor
      • $3,610,500 million raised
      • 801 golfers
      • 1,074 attendees
      • More than $33 million raised in 31 years
      2016
    32. 2017

      • The late U.S. Venture Open founder, Bill Schmidt, was honored for what might be his greatest legacy.
      • NBA Champion Dwyane Wade was the guest of honor
      • $3,966,133 raised
      • 867 golfers
      • 1,105 attendees
      • In 32 years raised $37 million, granted $24 million & $5.56 million in new grant commitments.
        J. J. Keller Foundation pledged another annual grant match for 3 more years.
      2017