About The Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation

The Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation continues the work and legacy of Gary and Vivienne Player who have affected positive change in the lives of vulnerable and underprivileged children around the world.

One in six children in the USA live in poverty. Millions are reported neglected each year. The Foundation’s mission is to support organizations whose work positively impacts the lives of these vulnerable children.

The vision of the Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation is inspired by research which proves that intergenerational poverty can be broken in three key ways - education, health and housing.

" I am so grateful for this incredible country and all the opportunities it has given me to succeed and make my dreams come true. This Foundation is a vehicle for me to make a difference and give back to the communities and people that have loved and supported me through the years." – Gary Player

Our Board of Trustees

Amanda-Leigh Player Hall
President & Executive Director
BAS (University of Cape Town), MAS (Brigham Young University)

Amanda-Leigh has worked in the architecture field, and as a freelance artist, but her passion lies in helping others. She served as a Spanish-speaking missionary in the US and coached college level tennis as a certified professional. Her most treasured role is that of wife and mother.

Amanda-Leigh worked for several years with The Gary Player Foundation as an art director – and for various other notable nonprofits. She is immensely grateful for the opportunity to lead The Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation, honoring her parents’ legacy to love and lift children in need, and ensure they have a better life.

MICHAEL R. WHETSTONE, M.D

Dr. Whetstone graduated from medical school in 1983. In 1989, after many years training in reconstructive and plastic surgery, he opened his medical practice in the Las Colinas area of Dallas, Texas.

His work led him to the Philippines with a team of international surgeons to perform reconstructive surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates. He also participated in trips to Guerrero, Mexico with the Crystal Foundation to lead a team to serve the community in an area where medical care was unavailable.

Following retirement in 2019, Dr. Whetstone resides in Irving, Texas with his wife, Teri.  Together they are the parents of three children and four grandchildren.

REON BARNARD

A member of the IODSA

Reon joined the Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School board in early 2018 with the encouragement of Gary and Vivienne Player and the Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation (Formerly known as the Gary Player Foundation). He holds a Tsinghua INSEAD Executive MBA, and B.Com in Finance from Stellenbosch University.

Reon has more than a decade’s experience as an executive director of BCR Holdings Pty Ltd and is the Chairman of the board of Sekta Group.

Reon uses his innovative thinking, drive for good governance, and broad network to serve the Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School and Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation. Reon enjoys family time, travel, reading extensively, golf, and running when he is not changing the world.

PATRICIA D KAUFMAN

Patricia D. Kaufman has dedicated her life to living out these words: “Of those to whom much has been given, much will be expected.”   Patricia began her career in retail management and went on to specialize in Interior Design. Her most cherished work is the interior of the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center which she and her husband Scot founded in BelAir, Maryland in 2013.

Patricia currently sits on the foundation boards of two hospitals and is the vice-president of her family’s own charitable foundation.  She is also the liaison for the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry on the Missions Committee of the church she attends. Serving those in need is her greatest passion.  Patricia and Scot retired to Marco Island, Florida where they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  They have two children and two grandsons of whom they are very proud.

Hamish Hume

Hamish Hume is a senior partner and member of the Executive Committee at the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. His practice focuses on high stakes litigation, with particular emphasis on cases against the government and antitrust cases. He has won numerous notable cases with billions of dollars at stake, and has been the first chair trial lawyer for many Fortune 500 companies. He lives in Washington D.C.

Current projects we support

Place of Hope

Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed children and families organization, supporting children, youth, and families in desperate need.

They are one of the largest and most diverse residential organizations serving children and families in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. They offer housing and support services designed to end the cycles of neglect, homelessness and poverty.

Place of Hope strives to bring true healing and restoration, so their youth & families can lead healthy, successful lives.

Read more about Place of Hope, here: https://www.placeofhope.com/

Episcopal Community Services Out of School Time Program

Episcopal Community Services offers a highly regarded ‘Out of School Time’ (OST) program for hundreds of young people in six schools across Philadelphia.

The schools are located in vibrant, close-knit communities, but they are not without their struggles. Poverty and unemployment rates are high, as are the temptations of drugs and other negative behaviors.

Their goal is to “Enrich Education” and provide a safe, constructive environment when school is out and parents or grandparents are unable to care for the children.

The after-school and summer camp activities include academic support, cultural enrichment, and healthy recreation to help their kids thrive.

Seeing children succeed in school is critical to their mission of “Challenging Intergenerational Poverty.”

Read more about the program here

Upcoming Events

12th September 2022

Exclusive Ambassador Event

Exclusive Ambassador Event to be held at Union League Liberty Hill, 12 September 2022.

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Contact Us

United States

We would love to speak with you and answer any questions or enquiries.

Please contact us at: infousa@garyandvivienneplayerfoundation.org

PO Box 780 Oaks PA 19456