The eighth annual Golf for Youth Event garnered nearly $300,000 for San Juan Capistrano-based nonprofit Mustard Seed Ranch.
More than 150 local business and community leaders gathered at the Pelican Hill Golf Club for the tournament, which is MSR's major fundraising effort.
Event proceeds support the organization's equine-assisted programs for abused and neglected children throughout Southern California.
The daylong event offered on-course contests, prizes and lunch, opportunity drawings, and silent and live auctions, among other features.
“This year’s event was an overwhelming success despite the difficult economic times we are experiencing, because of the generous support of our friends and business community,” said Mustard Seed Ranch Founder Tom McCall. “They have come together to invest in a great cause to help heal the lives of kids who have suffered the pain of abuse. When you invest in others, great results occur. And I believe we have witnessed that today.”
Local supporters include Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish Taco; Mitchel Zellinger of Tangram Interiors; Tom Finn of Anthem Blue Cross; Gregory Mech of Merrill Lynch and Bank of America; and Robert Allison of Innovate Partners.
Over the past eight years, the annual tournament has garnered $1.6 million for the nonprofit.
“We can no longer look the other way," said event Chairman Erik Davis. "It is our responsibility as a community to protect and care for these children so we can hopefully eliminate the destructive and lasting effects of child abuse on our society."
Photo: MSR Founder Tom McCall (center) pauses with presenting sponsors (left to right) Robert Allison of Innovate Partners, Kristen Mauger Allison of Burnham Benefits, Lenny Fodemski of Lockton Insurance Brokers LLC and Erik Davis of RT Specialty.
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