The eighth annual Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Children’s Foundation Golf Classic took place on December 5 at Talking Stick Golf Club. Despite the 40-degree morning temperatures, the golfers braved the weather and ended the day extremely happy to have participated in the event and supported the foundation. Several golfers spoke about their pleasure with the tournament and said they will return next year.
Harvier spoke to the golfers following the lunch and prior to the awards ceremony, explaining, “The money goes to a lot of good things, and we are very grateful for you and [that you are] giving back to the Community.”
SRPMIC President Diane Enos thanked everyone in attendance on behalf of the Community’s children.
“We care about the children, and it is evident by what goes on with the foundation,” she said. “This event could not have happened without [your] contribution.”
As she was standing and observing at the tournament, Enos said she had to remind herself that there are children in the Community who are suffering from poverty because some families are deeply involved in drugs and alcohol.
“Some children are involved in domestic abuse, and some children have special needs or are born exposed [to drugs],” she said. “[There are] children here who have seen more than any person should see in a lifetime. But I believe this is the work of the foundation, to try and equalize opportunities for all of our children and to benefit them.”
Enos said one of the most useful contributions to the Community is the Family Advocacy Center, which helps victims of crimes so they can be appropriately interviewed, photographed, examined and investigated, decreasing the number of crimes that end up not being prosecuted for lack of evidence. She said most other Indian communities have had a facility like this, but Salt River just got one a few years ago.
“So your contribution helps us get these types of programs so the children of the Community can have a good chance at life, and I am humble to be here and to mention the little ones to you and [ask you to] keep them in your hearts,” Enos said.
SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier explained that more than half of the Community’s 9,300-plus members are under the age of 18.
In 2003, the Tribal Council created the Children’s Foundation, which is a nonprofit, charitable division of the SRPMIC that makes contributions to tax-exempt organizations that provide assistance or preventive programs and services for Community children and youth. The Children’s Foundation receives both private and public contributions and depends upon the donations received from events such as the golf classic, tribal employee payroll deductions and the generous support of private individuals, businesses and corporations.
Title Sponsor Providence First and Milliman
Golf Apparel Sponsor Casino Arizona/Talking Stick
Cart Sponsor Bank of America
19th Hole After-Party Victory Capitol
Breakfast Sponsor Logan Circle
Lunch Sponsor NRT
Driving Range Sponsor Global Cash
Award Sponsor KONAMI
Beverage Cart Sponsor JP Morgan Chase, Black Rock, DeRito, SRMG, FFKR
The foundation would like to thank all other hole sponsors and raffle prize donors as well. Special kudos to our Tournament Coordinator, Bob Scabby and thank you to Brian Yazzie from the Boys & Girls Club. Special thanks to Patricia Tate (Casino AZ), Scott Palmer (SRMG) and Talking Stick Golf for all your assistance.
Salt River Community
Robert L. Scabby, Treasurer
non-voting, Office of General Counsel
non-voting Treasurer’s Office
(Golf Tournament Coordinator)
Mary Jane Griffith