Sports & Recreation

The Miracle House Foundation hosted the fifth annual golf tournament at Talking Stick Golf Club last year and is currently looking for additional participants for this year’s tournament on November 19.

Miracle House Foundation Seeking Participants for Upcoming Golf Tournament

By Jennifer Hernandez

Au-Authm Action News

The Miracle House Foundation is preparing to host its primary fundraiser, the annual golf tournament, at Talking Stick Golf Club on November 19. Proceeds are used to fund grants on an annual basis to the Senior Home Repair and Replacement Program (SHRRP) and the Salt River Financial Services Institution’s Stepping Stones program.

Each program submits a grant application asking for funding based on the needs of each homeowner. Funds awarded from Miracle House Foundation through the Stepping Stones program may be used toward the down payment on a mortgage loan, making the loan more affordable for families in need of assistance. Miracle House Foundation President Margaret Rodriguez said the SHRRP grants are used for senior housing improvements such as window blinds, rising SRP electrical fees, and basic home appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and washer/dryers.

“Proceeds are used to fund grants to the SHRRP and the Stepping Stones Program on an annual basis. Miracle House Foundation has a very minimal operating cost, so nearly all funds raised go toward the granting of funds,” Rodriguez said. “It is very important to note that each member of the Miracle House Foundation board of directors volunteers their time and leadership because of their sincere desire to provide a worthy service to the Community.”

Rodriguez said the MHF raised $61,278 in 2009, after expenses. She said with the generous donation of the Salt River Materials Group/Thunderbirds Charities and Casino Arizona, MHF received an additional $40,000. Between the two programs (SHRRP and SRFSI), MHF is expected to grant approximately $72,378 in funding by the end of 2010.

Rodriguez said managing MHF can take a lot of time and energy, especially during the months spent planning for the golf tournament.

“However, when we witness the keys being turned over to a new homeowner and see the look of sincere appreciation and joy, we realize all the work is well worth the effort,” she said. “Seeing an elder or family walk through their new home is very moving, especially when they may have never owned a home before or had to live in unsafe housing conditions.”

Rodriguez said while each Community member may not personally witness this, each dollar they contribute through their participation in the annual golf tournament does circulate back into the Community to assist other Community members. Plus, they get to enjoy a day of relaxing golf.

There are other ways Community members may help if they do not golf. The Miracle House Foundation accepts monetary donations and donations of any new items that can be used as raffle prizes for the golf tournament.

The tournament format is a 4-person scramble, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Check-in and registration runs from 7 to 8:45 a.m. Participants will receive complimentary range balls, a golf cart (to use while playing), registration bag and two non-alcoholic drink tickets. Continental breakfast will be provided during registration. Lunch will also be provided after golf.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers. There will be four hole-in-one prizes awarded: a 2010 Cadillac SRX (courtesy of Legends Cadillac), a Caribbean-Panama cruise, $10,000 in cash, and a $3,000 gift certificate to Talking Stick Pro Shop. Longest drive and closest to the pin will also be awarded. All of the prizes, with the exception of the $44,300 Cadillac SRX, qualify for multiple winners. If two or more people get a hole-in-one on the Cadillac, the winners will split the amount of the prize.

Foursome levels for registration include three different options. The Eagle costs $2,000 and includes one foursome in the event, a tee sign with name and company logo, recognition at the awards luncheon and recognition on the Miracle House Foundation Web site. Birdie foursomes include registration into the event and recognition on the Web site for $1,200. Individual registration costs $300 and includes placement into a foursome and recognition on the Web site.

The deadline to register is October 29. For more information, visit www.miraclehousefoundation.org or call (480) 497-1997.

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