On December 1, the weather was fabulous, the golf courses were in great condition and the hospitality was top-notch, which resulted in a super time for everyone who participated in the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation 11th Annual Golf Classic, held at the Talking Stick Golf Club. Lucky players also won various prizes and raffles; however, the true winners of this annual fundraising event are the children of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC).
The Salt River Community Children’s Foundation (SRCCF), a nonprofit charitable organization established in 2003, is unwavering in its goal to help Community children and youth by providing them scholarships and sponsorships tailored toward educational, cultural and personal-growth opportunities to help them excel as students and as leaders, and become contributing SRPMIC tribal members inside and outside of the Community.
Ava Schaaf, an 8-year-old Community member, is just one example. Support offered by SRCCF helped her attend the 2014 America’s U.S. Miss Nationals in Florida, as she vied for the national crown as the West Coast States Junior Tween representative. Her competition not only included an interview session, evening gown and personality wardrobe presentation, but it also focused on academics and community service. Each of these areas are cornerstones to improving personal growth and helping youth rise to become true leaders.
The annual Golf Classic is one of the foundation’s signature fundraising events; it relies heavily on the support from numerous entities to make the event a success. The event depends on numerous volunteers who tackle a wide range of duties and on the tremendous support from vendors of the Community through their sponsorships and donations. Robert Scabby, SRCCF board chairman, stated, “The goal of the golf tournament is to raise 100,000 net dollars from the event, and we exceeded the amount this year!”
The foundation’s board of trustees—Robert Scabby, Davina Rhoades, Elaina Osife, Blessing Mc Anlis-Vasquez and Glenda Fredrick—champion the Community’s vision that all children deserve to have the support of their Community. It is with this vision and forethought that the SRCCF is working hard to help address the challenges facing the Community youth.
Rhoades remarked, “This support is not solely based on financial need, [but it is more focused] on children who have good grades, good [school] attendance and are enrolled Community members, but who may need some type of support because some activities are very expensive.” For example, when the Mountain View High School Band was invited to perform in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the foundation helped students cover travel costs.
At the end of the day, the golfers, vendors and Community members were thankful for a fun round of golf, the recognition of their efforts for contributing to a worthy cause, and knowing the SRCCF fundraising event was a huge success.