The ninth annual Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Children’s Foundation Golf Classic took place on December 3 at Talking Stick Golf Club. Approximately 200 players took to the golf course to tee off and raise money that benefits Community youth and youth programs.
This year’s tournament coordinator, Bob Scabby, explained how the funds are used to encourage those children in low-income homes to excel in academic or extracurricular activities. In many instances, the parents have a tough time making ends meet, so the Children’s Foundation steps in and provides additional financial resources.
“The money that’s raised goes to several programs within the Community that serve children who would otherwise fall between the cracks,” Scabby said. “These programs range from educational programs, such as America Reads, to extracurricular programs, such as helping a little bull rider get to the rodeo finals or a football player go to football camp.”
In addition to these programs, funds are divvied up to provide vocational learning and leadership opportunities.
“We also have the Fire Explorer Program that helps kids start young and prepare for careers in the fire department. They get to learn about the equipment, controlled burns and things like that,” Scabby said.
The Young River People’s Youth Council is another organization that receives funding from the tournament. This year, Martha Ludlow-Martinez and Jose Martinez, members of the youth council, were invited to come and speak during the award ceremony and to sing a traditional O’odham song for attendees.
“Organizations like the youth council really help motivate young people to get out there and show them there are better things to do in life. Thank you so much for the contributions that you have given, not just to this organization, but to the Community as well,” Ludlow-Martinez said.
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.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR MAJOR SPONSORS
Title Sponsor: Providence First
Golf Apparel Sponsor: Casino Arizona
Cart Sponsor: Bank of America
19th Hole After Party Sponsor: Victory Capital (KeyBank)
Breakfast Sponsor: Milliman
Lunch Sponsor: Sage Advisory
Driving Range Sponsor: Brown & Associates
Putting Green Sponsor: Logan Circle Partners
Awards Sponsor: Renaissance Companies
Beverage Cart Sponsors: JP Morgan/Chase, BlackRock and GCA:NRT
The foundation would also like to thank all other hole sponsors and raffle prize donors as well. Special thanks to the SRCCF golf committee members and the extraordinary work they did to make this year’s event successful.
Bob Scabby (Golf Tournament Coordinator)
Brian Yazzie of BGC-S
Patricia Tate of Casino AZ
Scott Palmer of SRMG
Kathy Lamm of Treasury