On the cool and quiet morning of December 2 at the Talking Stick Golf Club, eager golfers showed up in teams and signed up to participate in the 10th annual Salt River Community Children’s Foundation Golf Classic.
After the continental breakfast for the players, the tournament began in a scramble format with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The teams of four ran to their golf carts and headed out to the north and south courses of Talking Stick Golf Club.
The tournament benefits the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation on many levels. In the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, almost 40 percent of the population is under 18. The proceeds from the tournament go toward the youth of the Community, helping them pursue educational opportunities, sports and other positive extracurricular activities.
The Salt River Community Children’s Foundation accepts private and public contributions and depends upon the funds received from events, tribal employee payroll deductions and the generous support of private individuals, businesses and corporations. The annual golf tournament is the foundation’s major fundraiser each year. During the tournament, a video was screened showing students participating in activities which grants from the Children’s Foundation had made possible.
Patricia Tate, a Community member and chief financial officer of Casino Arizona at Salt River, has been volunteering at the golf tournament for more than 10 years.
“I enjoy helping to coordinate the tournament, sell apparel and work with our business partners in Salt River,” said Tate. Large companies such as Providence Trust, Coca-Cola and Key Bank are some of the tournament sponsors every year.
“It’s really about supporting the Salt River Children’s Foundation, which is helping make better lives for the children of the Community and their parents as well. We also had a lot of fun playing in the tournament,” said Tate.
Tate was presented an Appreciation Recognition Award, which she accepted on behalf of Casino Arizona.
“The casino has sponsored the foundation for as many years as I have been volunteering. I would also like to recognize everyone who volunteered as individuals and as teams for supporting the Salt River Children’s Foundation,” said Tate.
During the golf reception, SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier thanked all the sponsoring companies and the golfers who played in the tournament.
“You are all helping those less fortunate to be able to do numerous things in their lives,” said Harvier.
He thanked the tournament’s title sponsor, Providence Trust, as well as Casino Arizona and the many other companies that helped throughout the event by providing food, awards and donations.
Golf prizes included first through third places in the tournament, closest to the pin, longest drive for both men and women, low net and low gross. Participating golfers received golf gift bags and apparel, a lunch box, refreshments, awards and raffle prizes.
The committee for the Children’s Foundation currently includes Bob Scabby, Davina Rhoades, Elaina Osife and Glenda Fredricks, with founding board members Tom Largo Sr. and Bob Scabby.
“It was a great success this year,” said Children’s Foundation chair Bob Scabby. “The weather was perfect, and the foursome teams had fun while helping us raise funds for the kids.”