2009 Charity Golf Tournament
On Friday, August 7th, SME Inc of Seattle held its 7th annual golf tournament. The SME Charity Golf Classic was held at the beautiful Carnation Golf Course, in the great little town of Carnation, WA. Carnation Golf Course is a great course, and our wonderful hosts at Carnation were Kathy Tachell and her staff. If you've never been there for a round of golf, please take some time to check them out - you'll be glad you did.
The tournament organizers and volunteer staff showed up at a very dark 5:30 am for some breakfast, coffee, companionship, and of course, to set up for the day. A special thank you goes out to Grant Morrison, Brooke Mouzakis, Wendy Hoggard, James Meaux, Donal Barnes, Mark Purther, Nancy Lewis, and honorary marshal Dale Dixon, for all their behind the scenes help and support, without which, the tournament simply wouldn't have happened.
It was a fun and exciting event attended by employees, guests, and friends. We had a full field of 144 golfers raring to go. Our event started with a 7:30 am registration and putting contest, and we teed off at 9 am with a shotgun start. Although it was an overcast day, the weather held for the whole day.
After the round, we had a fantastic meal that was prepared by Kat, Dee, and their staff from Kat's Grill. Aside from how well we were treated by Kathy and Kat, their mutual staffs are fun, friendly, and helped make the day a huge success. After dinner, we held our awards presentation and gift raffle, and passed an empty pail around to collect one last donation for our charity - the pail came back full of money! It became known as our "bucket of love".
Thanks to the generous and giving hearts of our employees, vendors and guests, we gave Starlight a check for $5,145. It is overwhelming to see firsthand the way a grassroots bunch of folks come together for a worthy cause.
This was the first year we sponsored a charity, so we were a little nervous about what to expect as to the whole process, but it all came together very nicely. We are extremely happy to have sponsored the Starlight Children's Foundation. This is a wonderful charity that helps families experience a little happiness in the midst of horrible circumstances.
Joyce Bottenberg from Starlight came out with the Searles family. The Searles are a wonderful family who have benefitted from Starlight and were kind enough to share their story with us just prior to the awards presentation. The Searles are; Gordon and Sue Searles and their four children (Isaiah, Ezekiel, Lily) and Luke, their Starlight child.
Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were given out. The winners were:
1st Place went to the team of Steve Rader, Tom Wyman, Kevin Keierleber, and Brad Mackey.
2nd Place went to Grant Morrison, Sean Condon, Donal Barnes, and Steve Blair.
3rd Place went to Barry Harder, Kevin Trammel, Dickson Harding, and Dan Connell.
Each winning team received a trophy and gift certificate.
All in all it was a great day and a huge success. Many thanks go to the following sponsors, who donated both money and raffle items:
Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to an even more successful tournament next year!!