APRIL 2, 2014

A vision to help others continues to grow

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Thirteen years ago, the Knights of Columbus from Our Lady of Joy Parish in Carefree, had a vision to create a fundraising event to help the less fortunate. From these modest beginnings, it has blossomed into one of the most successful fundraising golf events in Arizona. Now called Golf-Fore-Charity, it has raised more than $1,200,000 over its twelve year history.

The 2013 event netted $170,000: $130,000 for St Vincent de Paul and $40,000 to other local charities including the Foothills Food Bank, St Charles Mission School (Apache Reservation), Hospice of the Valley, Maggie’s Place, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Corporate sponsors, 204 golfers, nearly 400 dinner guests, tee sponsors, auction donors, auction bidders, raffle ticket buyers and volunteers who all play a key role every year. In this time of economic stress, what St Vincent de Paul, our primary beneficiary, is able to provide is extraordinary. Their mission to feed, clothe, house and heal provides help to many in multiple ways.

The 2014 event will be held on April 28. An 11:30 a.m. scramble tournament on two of North Scottsdale’s premier private courses with Holes-in-one for $10,000, Holes-in-one for a car, a putting contest and other fun events will all again be a part of the golfing experience. Non-golfers and golfers’ guests are invited to attend an afternoon program featuring wine tasting and cooking demonstrations. As the golfers return and the afternoon program ends, attendees peruse well over 100 silent auction items. The final silent auction table will close at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, golf awards and the live auction featuring 10 or more highly sought after items and vacation packages. The program concludes about 7:30 p.m. with the awarding of trophies, the $5,000 raffle drawing and checkout.

For more information visit: www.golf-fore-charity.org.