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Kevin McGrew chips from the fairway on the 9th hole at Talking Stick Golf Course.

Miracle House Foundation Wraps Up Another Successful Fundraiser

By Jennifer Jimenez
Au-Authm Action News

The Miracle House Foundation held its seventh annual golf tournament fundraiser on November 18 at Talking Stick Golf Course. Thirty-seven foursomes participated in the event. Miracle House Foundation founder and Au’ Authum Ki, Inc. owner Margaret Rodriguez said the golf tournament is the only fundraiser the group hosts to raise money for its annual expenses.

Rodriguez would like to thank the Miracle House Foundation board of directors, volunteers and also Program Director Carri Donahue, who Rodriguez said “did the majority of this.”

“Through the years we have developed a system to prepare for the tournament, and that makes it a lot easier, but we couldn’t do it without volunteers,” she said.
The profits earned from the tournament go to the Miracle House Foundation to provide funding to the Senior Home Repair and Replacement Program and Salt River Financial Services Institution, which gets distributed to the senior housing program.

“We buy all the appliances, help in renovation and emergency services, and help with the SRPMIC electrical fee,” Rodriguez said. “These are the costs the elders would have to pay out of pocket, so we really try to reduce the cost.”

The money raised provides the annual budget for the foundation and has been enough to fund the entire year of operation. This year Miracle House was involved in 12 SHRRP homes and contributed more than $109,000 as a result of monies not spent in the last two years.

“We are so thankful to those who come out [to the golf tournament], because they keep coming back, and that includes sponsors and golfers. They all say they enjoy the tournament,” Rodriguez said. “They all really give, not only by signing up, but also by buying raffle tickets, making donations and playing a round. We have developed some great relationships over the years.”

The 2011 tournament sponsors and donors (according to the Miracle House Foundation Web site) are: Title Sponsor, Au’ Authum Ki, Inc.; Apparel Sponsor, Salt River Materials Group; Awards and Prize Sponsors, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks; and Hole-in-One Sponsor, Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority. Special thanks were given to Scottsdale Lexus and Hogue Printing Solutions.

Mike Brown of Brown and Associates said the company has been contributing to the Miracle House Foundation for the past seven years. He said the company believes Miracle House is a worthwhile charity, and they enjoy giving to local charities because they see good services being provided and enjoy the people who work for the foundation.

“This is why we continue to come back every year,” Brown said. “We know where the monies are spent with the charity and we feel really good about it.”

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