Golfing for the Boys and Girls Club
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PALM SPRINGS - Groups from around the desert played golf for a worthy cause today. They're helping to raise money for the Palm Springs Boys and Girls Club.
Golfing at the Escena Golf Course, even in the heat, is worth it for a good cause. Sponsors from the Spa Resort & Casino and Eureka! Burger grabbed their golf clubs to help raise donations. "We love being here. We love being part of the community. It's a great cause and we support the contributions and the donations made,” says Assistant General Manager of the Spa Resort & Casino Kato Moy. "It's important in any community. We are a very family-oriented restaurant so we want to keep that side to us as well so giving back to the Boys and Girls Club is a big part of what we'd like to do,” says PR Manger for Eureka! Burger Heather Hischar.
Co-chair of the Clubs Fore Kids Golf Tournament Kathleen Bennett says an experience with the Boys and Girls Club is what started this fundraiser just three years ago. "I was blessed to meet Alex. He was part of the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs and he reminded me so much of my grandson's and I found out that you could adopt a youth and Alex and I bonded and he became like a grandson to me. In fact, he, to this day, still calls me grandma,” says Bennett.
Andrea Madrigal of the Palm Springs Boys and Girls Club says getting money these days can be tough, especially given the down economy. "A lot of our individual donor base has gone down with the recession-- so having these big events, it gets people involved and out on the golf course,” says Madrigal.
Bennett says a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Palm Springs Boys and Girls Club-- roughly $5,000. "The funds from this event are going to help to raise money for 700 children for supplies, for food, for after school events; everything that will make them a good citizen of the community,” says Bennett.
Madrigal says making these kids good citizens of the community is key to a promising future in the desert. "We're here for those kids when their parents are still at work. We act as their counselors, their homework advisors. We help steer them in the right direction for college,” says Madrigal.
Madrigal says it takes nearly $800 dollars to supervise one child per year at the PS Boys and Girls Club. To donate, click here.