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The Arizona Diamondbacks, in conjunction with Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, are one of the major sponsors of the Miracle House Foundation golf tournament. Left to right: Chris Schade, IT manager; Michael Bouscher, director of operations and sports; Wally Goodline, game day operations coordinator; and Marcus Tulley.
11th Annual Miracle House Foundation Golf Tournament
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

On Friday, November 20, the 11th annual Miracle House Foundation (MHF) Golf Tournament was held at Talking Stick Golf Club. This year’s fundraiser attracted various teams and volunteers who all came out to support a great cause.

The Miracle House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose primary mission is funding the construction of affordable houses for Native Americans—more specifically, members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, who are MHF’s first priority.

The foundation’s mission is built on the principle that the ability to obtain decent and affordable housing encourages self-sufficiency and dignity, which in turn strengthens the foundations of family and community.

“We are really proud of our 11th Annual Miracle House Foundation Golf Tournament. Our corporate sponsors, Salt River Materials Group, Brown and Associates, they’ve been very loyal to come out and support the foundation. They’re the ones that make it happen for us, as well as our volunteers. We had a great turnout this year,” said Margaret Rodriguez, President, Au’ Authum Ki, Inc. and Miracle House Foundation.

“Our participants understand the importance [of the golf tournament.] We do work with the [SRPMIC Senior Home Repair and Replacement Program] (SHRRP) and Salt River Financial Services (housing program). That’s where we funnel the money through and the funds go completely to a new home for our elderly, a new home for our low-income families or for renovations,” said Rodriguez.

“I think this is our fourth year participating, and I think the Miracle House [Foundation] is a great organization. It helps a lot of homeowners get the necessities for their homes,” said Brad Devine, vice president of operations for Cholla Managing Group, a custom homebuilding firm in Chandler.

“We’re happy to be out here participating in this tournament. It’s the fifth year that we’ve participated as a major sponsor of the tournament. We love the work that’s getting done at Miracle House [Foundation], and we’re going to continue to support it for years to come,” said Jim Kellogg, vice president of community and retail operations for the Colorado Rockies baseball team.

First, second and third place teams that participated in the tournament were awarded plaques. Volunteers were also a major part of the success of the fundraiser, with volunteers from different Tribal departments, enterprises and the Boys and Girls Club, giving their time and energy to support the mission of the foundation.

“[Community members] either see their house for the first time or they see the renovations and they’re just so happy. It’s almost magic to see all that. It really makes it all worthwhile. I wish I could name every one of our sponsors, even the tribe, they support us so we’re thankful for that. We’re giving back, that’s what’s so important,” said Rodriguez.

To support this great cause, or for more information, please call Carri Donahue, MHF program director, at (480) 535-7305, or visit www.miraclehousefoundation.org.

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