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Lance Silverhorn from the Boys and Girls Club, golfs at the Talking Stick Golf Course, to show his support for the children who will benefit from this golf tournament.
Golf Classic Continues to Benefit Community Children
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

On Monday, December 7, the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation (SRCCF) hosted its 12th annual Golf Classic at the Talking Stick Golf Club within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. This year, the golf classic raised approximately $148,000 from 60 teams. All proceeds will help provide services for children of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The SRCCF is a nonprofit foundation that was established in February 2003. It provides scholarships and sponsorships that support educational, cultural and personal growth for youth to help them become successful students, leaders and contributing members inside and outside of the Community.

The SRCCF hosts the annual golf classic to ensure that funding will always be available to provide services for Community youth.

At this year’s tournament, some teams traveled from as far away as New

York. At the morning registration, all tournament participants received gift bags, breakfast, and got to banter with the Suns Gorilla before heading out to the driving range for the 10 a.m. shotgun start to both the north and south courses.

“We got a call this morning from a parent of a hearing-impaired child from the reservation. [This child] could read and see good, but deaf. This child just needed an iPad to be able to communicate. With your help, we were able to get that iPad, so that this child could communicate, said SRCCF chairman Bob Scabby.

“We also had another family that couldn’t go anywhere because the family didn’t have a wheelchair lift for wheelchair bound kids. We were able to purchase a wheel chair lift for their van which allowed the family to get out and go,” added Scabby.

All tournament participants received gift bags and refreshments while scorecards were being tallied. Golfers were then invited to the after-golf party, where they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and some lucky participants won raffle prizes and received awards.

“I’m grateful to be playing for the Foundation; helping out the kids. I work for the group homes as well so playing for them is, it really makes me glad that we’re out here for them,” said Community member Ricky Carrillo.

“It’s a great foundation, I like playing and supporting the Community. I played in both this and the Miracle House Foundation golf tournament. It’s all for a good cause,” said Community member Patrick Dallas.

“I’ve been participating in this tournament for 10 years and it’s a really good tournament. This tournament really helps the children. The people that contribute to come and play, the money that’s used, is used specifically for the kids. The people that administer the program do a really good job and finding the needs and the special requirements that the children need. It’s really helped the children in the Community,” said participant Lance Silverhorn.

For more information about the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation, contact chairman Bob Scabby at (480) 362-7479 or by email at

Results: Salt River Community Children’s Foundation Golf Classic
Putting Contest
Daniel McElhaney
Adriene Garson
Jerrod Glaser
Highest Score
Kathryn Bixby
Carol Lindsay
Daniel McElhaney
Kevin Stevenson
Diane Augustine
David Ayna
Jill Carlson
Josh Houghs

1st Place (score 127)
Milton Dodson
Jason Schurz
Scott Tobin
Shawn Theriot
Rick Miller
Steve Obee
Greg Poindexter
Bryant Santini

2nd Place (score 129)
Candace Hamana
Isaiah Manuel
Dillon Manuel
Peter Rave
Ed Celeya
Jay Ganske
Pat Shaunessy
Chuck Stewart

3rd Place (score 131)
Kyle Anderson
Denny Bushong
David Hielscher
Shane Still
Jeremy Hager
Al Nez
Mike Villapando
Dan Danielson

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