Jamboree Housing Corporation, a leading developer of affordable housing in California, held its HOMES, Inc. 16th Annual Muffin Spencer-Devlin Mental Health Golf Classic on Monday, Feb. 28, at the Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa. The timing of this year’s tournament was well planned with the launch of the Orange County Board of Supervisors' newly approved Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Although now in its 16th year, this year’s tournament marks the first time it was held since Jamboree’s September 2010 acquisition of HOMES, Inc., a leading nonprofit provider of housing and support for people with psychiatric disabilities. This new nonprofit partnership is dedicated to the same expanded mission: quality expectations. Jamboree is known for the quality of its housing developments, and HOMES, Inc. is known for the quality of its support services.
Honorary chairperson, LPGA champion Muffin Spencer-Devlin, who has lived with bipolar disorder since 1975, knows a great deal about quality support as both a provider and a
The 21-year LPGA veteran does much more than merely lend her name to this vital fundraising event, although she has done so since the tournament’s inception. In addition to her duties as host and chair, the long-time Laguna Beach resident, and local artist of some renown, once again designed and created the glass-blown trophies for the tournament, a unique role she has filled for the past few years.
For Spencer-Devlin, the tournament is an opportunity to increase awareness for mental illness and to put a human face on the disorder using both her artistic and athletic gifts.
The Spencer-Devlin Mental Health Classic was founded by the late Bill Hagerman, a HOMES, Inc. board member and parent of a child with persistent mental illness. Although Hagerman was tragically killed by a drunk driver, the tournament he helped create continues to be a popular fundraising source for the HOMES, Inc. supportive housing program. More than 100 golfers participated in this year’s event.
This year's “Hole in One Car" was a 2011 Jeep Wrangler or Durango provided by Orange Coast Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge. This year’s tournament brought in more than $20,000 and all proceeds will benefit HOMES, Inc.’s mission to provide transitional and permanent housing for the homeless and mentally ill.
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