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Take a swing April 28 at annual ‘Golf-Fore-Charity’

Staff Report~ 4/23/2014

The Our Lady of Joy Council’s Knights of Columbus will play host on April 28 to their annual “Golf-Fore-Charity.”
An 11:30 a.m. scramble tournament will take place on north Scottsdale private courses at Troon Country Club and Desert Highlands Country Club with holes-in-one for $10,000, holes-in-one for a car, a putting contest and other golfing events.
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 can peruse well over 100 silent auction items. The final silent auction table will close at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, golf awards and the live auction featuring vacation packages and more.
The program concludes at about 7:30 p.m. with the awarding of trophies, the $5,000 raffle drawing and checkout.
The 2013 Golf-Fore-Charity 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.
The event’s primary beneficiary, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, aims to feed, clothe, house and help those in need in many ways, according to event organizers:

  • Healthcare to 13,000 low income patients
  • A medical and dental clinic
  • Educational programs for children
  • Transitional shelter
  •  Transient aid, job training, clothing and resume assistance
  • Over 3,700 meals a day to the homeless and hungry
  • Thrift stores
  • Over 370,000 food boxes annually
  • College scholarships for low income children

Golf-Fore-Charity has raised more than $1.2 million over its 12-year history.