Rob Kalesse Memorial Classic

Presented by Green Energy Construction and Consulting, LLC

Our Story 

On August 22, 2020 Green Energy Construction and Consulting is proud to sponsor the 1st Annual Rob Kalesse Classic at Rock Manor Golf Club, Wilmington, Delaware to benefit the American Lung Association. Maybe you knew Rob from college at UD or his time as a writer for various publications or he served you a drink while chatting you up from behind a local bar.  Perhaps you played a round of golf (or two or three) or a game of softball with Rob or just knew him through others, my guess is that he had you laughing at some point during your time together, and you walked away hoping you could hang out with him again.      

In January 2019, Rob was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer. The doctors told us that Rob had less than a 5% chance of survival and that it would be a hard, tough battle. Having beaten cancer once before as a teenager, Rob knew what he was up against and was ready for the fight.  He fought through treatments with the same passion and desire he had when living his life.  While undergoing treatment, Rob worked hard to continue to live his life fully by making his visitors continue to laugh, reminiscing about his adventures or quoting the lines from his favorite movies. He never wanted his cancer to define him. In November of 2019, the cancer became more aggressive and spread throughout his body, and sadly Rob passed away in January of 2020. 

Since Rob passed, I have been thinking of how to celebrate Rob’s incredible life and continue his legacy.  Rob loved talking movies, competing on the course or field, interviewing people for articles, and finding new bands.  His enthusiasm for life was contagious, and Rob enjoyed being involved in the Delaware community. After a lot of thought, I am pleased to announce in honor of Rob’s fight and tenacity and deep love of golf we will be holding the inaugural Rob Kalesse Classic on Saturday, August 22nd at Rock Manor Golf Course. The proceeds from this event will benefit the American Lung Association and LUNG FORCE, an initiative that Rob was passionate about.

Currently, lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women in the U.S. The LUNG FORCE initiative, led by the American Lung Association, raises awareness and funds to invest in advocacy, education, and research programs to defeat lung cancer and lung disease. 

For 115 years, the American Lung Association has been the trusted champion of lung health. Today, the ALA is among those on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only providing the public with timely, reliable information and resources to help us navigate the crisis, but also by investing $25M in the COVID-19 Action Initiative. The initiative will be used to:

  • Expand the Lung Association’s ongoing respiratory research program
  • Enhance key public health measures through education and advocacy
  • Establish an advanced network to stop future respiratory virus pandemics

Your support is vital. We know that times are scary - particularly for those suffering from lung disease and lung cancer. That's why it is important to continue pushing forward to raise awareness and funds, so the American Lung Association can continue investing in life-saving research and early detection initiatives. 

Please consider honoring Rob’s life and the fight against lung cancer and lung disease by supporting the Rob Kalesse Memorial Classic. There are many ways you can support the event - sponsor a hole, register to play golf with us, make a monetary donation, or donate goods or services for our raffle and tournament competitions. Every donation makes an impact, much like the impact Rob made on our lives.

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Don't Miss Out! 

Whether you play golf or you are a friend of Rob's, you won't want to miss this event. To be involved is simple. Click "Yes" to be directed to our registration and sponsorship page. 

Don't see what you are looking for or have a great idea? Feel free to contact Cristina Kalesse (Rob's wife) at 302-545-7108 or to see how you might be able to help this event be a success! 

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors 

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, 

Green Energy Construction and Consulting, LLC

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor,

GB Collects!


Thank you our Gold Sponsor,



Rob Kalesse Memorial Classic Information 

Where to Stay/ What to do 

Concord Pike Area

DoubleTree Hotel Wilmington 

4727 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803 
Courtyard Wilmington Brandywine
320 Rocky Run Parkway Wilmington, DE 19803
Downtown Wilmington 
Residence Inn Wilmington Downtown

1300 North Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801



Courtyard Wilmington Downtown

1102 N West Street Wilmington, DE 19801 



The Westin Wilmington

818 Shipyard Drive Wilmington, DE 19801


Day of the Event

August 22, 2020

7:30am - Registration Opens

8:00am - Practice and Warm-Up areas open

9:00am - Tournament Begins 

2:00pm - Tournament Celebration and Prizes at Rock Manor Pavillion


Presenting Sponsor 

  • Naming of event “The Rob Kalesse Memorial Classic presented by: Company Name “ 
  • Large Banner at event registration 
  • Logo, company name & web link on registration site 
  • Recognition on Social Media
  • Complimentary foursome 
  • Logo on all print material

Platinum Sponsor 

  • Banner displayed on all bar and drink areas
  • Logo on registration site
  • Recognition on social media
  • Complimentary foursome

Gold Sponsor 

  • Banner displayed at raffle/ prize table 
  • Logo or company on registration site 
  • Recognition on social media 
  • Complimentary foursome

Silver Sponsor 

  • Banner at event on Beverage Cart that will serve all the golfers during the event
  • Complimentary foursome

Mulligan Sponsor 

  • Name will appear Mulligan Tickets sold day of the event 
  • Complimentary Event T-shirt 

Hole Sponsor 

  • Personalized sign placed at a sponsored hole 

Friend of Rob Kalesse Sponsorship

  • Name will appear donation banner at the event

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donation of goods or services for the event. These may be items to hand out to the golfers such as water bottles, snacks, or, to donation of services such as advertising.  Name will appear donation banner at the event. Please contact Cristina Kalesse at


Saturday, August 22 from 09:00 AM
To Saturday, August 22 at 02:00 PM


Rock Manor Golf Club
1319 Carruthers Lane
Wilmington, DE 19803

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