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* Golf Tournaments Help College Connect

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Dustin Caldwell, Helen Fuiten, Tony Costa and Kim Chandler at the Viva Hispanic Foundation NW Golf Tournament.

 

It may sound like fun and games, but the connections made and relationships forged and reinforced during summer charity golf tournaments are an important part of the overall efforts to connect Shoreline Community College with the partners that provide much needed support.

 

OK, there might have been a little fun and games, too, at two recent tournaments.

 

On Aug. 3, the college was well-represented in the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Golf Tournament at the Echo Falls Country Club. On the course, the team of SCC employees Tony Costa and Jim Hills, student Dustin Caldwell and college supporter Margo Georgian held up their end by winning the mixed-team division with a score of 59, 11 under par.

 

The Shoreline Breakfast Rotary is an energetic group, dedicated to serving the community.  More than $25,000 was raised at the tournament. The money will be used for a variety of Rotary-funded projects, including a number of college scholarships for graduating high school seniors, Polio Plus, Food Lifeline, History Day and the international exchange student program.

 

Just paying for the SCC team entry fee was an example of community relationships and partnering. Mark Anderson – an Edward Jones representative with an office in Richmond Beach, a former member of the SCC Foundation board and of Rotary – worked with Rotary to donate a tournament sponsorship to the Foundation. The SCC Foundation paid for the SCC team’s greens fees at the sponsorship’s discounted rate.

 

In addition, Anderson was what is known as a “hole sponsor” and spent the day raising money for the Rotary Foundation.

 

At another hole, SCC Trustee Shoubee Liaw and SCC Athletic Director Doug Palmer “worked the lemonade stand,” Palmer said. “We were there just to make sure the golfers had some refreshments. It was a hot day,” said Palmer, who made a sizable personal donation. He said Trustee Liaw also donated and purchased granola bars that the pair gave to hungry golfers.

 

“Without our community partners and supporters, the SCC Foundation’s job of supporting students and the college would be impossible,” Manchester said.

 

Then, on Aug. 12, another team from SCC participated in the Viva Hispanic Foundation NW Scholarship Golf Tournament, also at Echo Falls.

 

This time, Costa, who is the SCC golf instructor and Tutoring Services manager, was joined by Caldwelll, Kim Chandler from Technical Support Services and SCC supporter Helen Fuiten.  The team won the championship with a score of 57, 13 under par, with Chandler winning the longest drive for women event. Costa won both the closest to the pin for men event and the overall putting competition.

 

“ …Our annual Viva Golf Tournament, which is a successful fundraiser for our organization, … promotes camaraderie and networking opportunities by bringing together a variety of professional groups and community organizations,” Abraham Gonzalez,  Viva President, wrote on the group’s Web site.

 

Viva was formed to provide educational support and opportunities, and to promote the public good by conducting programs aimed at empowering the members of the Hispanic and other minority communities of the State of Washington. Viva has contributed $1,000 annually to the Shoreline Community College Scholarship Fund for several years.

 

“We will continue to strengthen our organization by provide leadership training programs for our Directors and Associates, and by forming appropriate partnerships that will result in benefiting the people of Washington State,” Gonzalez wrote.

SCC/Jim Hills

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