Founded in 2013, the Savannah Classic Golf Tournament was created in loving memory of Savannah Lila Vopinek with the goal of raising money yearly to help medically fragile kids who have been abandoned and are in need of food, shelter, medicine, and love. Read Jonathon and Tatiana Vopinek’s message from sweet Savannah’s memorial:
“About a year ago we decided to try and have a second baby. Tatiana prayed hard for the little girl she always dreamed of having. Our dream was always a boy first and then 2 years later a little girl. And as with most of the rest of our life up to this time everything fell right into place just like we wanted it to. There was zero debate about the name, we both loved Savannah and knew that was the perfect name for our soon to be born little girl. Tatiana designed a gorgeous room for her and the entire family was excited to meet our little girl. On Jan 24th Tatiana had a smooth delivery and our healthy baby girl was born. I held Savannah up to my face the day she was born and knew she was absolutely perfect. She was showered with gifts and love. Our family was complete, everything we ever wanted. Two beautiful and healthy kids. Tatiana scheduled a procedure for May 30th to remove our ability to have kids as we had exactly the family we wanted. We must have said a dozen times could our life be any more perfect?
On the night of Tuesday May 7th we gave our sweet Savannah dozens of kisses good night like we did every night. I can still picture holding and squeezing her cute little body before we put her in bed. She gave us her signature big smile as she looked at us peacefully and happily. We had no idea that it would be the last time we would hold and kiss our little girl. The baby monitor was on all night, picture & volume, we were steps away. As we looked in the monitor that morning she looked like she was just calmly asleep. I can still hear Tatiana’s scream when she walked in the room to wake Savannah up and picked her lifeless body up instead. I can still feel Savannah’s little lips on mine as I hopelessly rushed into the room and tried to give her mouth to mouth. I screamed at God to somehow bring her back to life; telling him that he couldn’t have really let my little girl die. Pleading with him to make this just a dream. But Savannah was really gone; she had passed away silently and completely unexpectedly in the night.
2 weeks prior to this fateful night Tatiana asked Levi to sing Happy Birthday to Savannah because she had just turned 3 months old. Levi loved to sing happy birthday and he especially loved to sing to his little sister. When Savannah would cry or start to get fussy he would often run to her and sing to her as it made her smile. She loved it when her brother sang to her. For some reason that day on her 3 month birthday, when Tatiana asked Levi to sing happy birthday to Savannah he insisted on a different song first.