Santa Clarita Tri-Valley Golf Tournament
The spectacular TPC Valencia will be the site of the annual Santa Clarita Tri-Valley Special Olympics fund raising golf tournament on August 14. A full field is expected for what has become one of the premier local charity tournaments.
“This has really become a signature event and we try to build on each successive year to make the next tournament the best,” said tournament Chairman Mike Hartmann, a Captain with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. “We have a great time putting this tournament together and it’s always exciting to see 100-plus golfers come out for a great day at TPC.”
The tournament is one of the many fund raising vehicles used the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics to help raise money for the organization. Hartmann, along with retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Commander Mark McCorkle are not only involved with the LETR, but also sit on the Santa Clarita Tri-Valley Special Olympics Leadership Council.
“Law enforcement has a 36-year relationship with Special Olympics and our annual golf tournament is one of the many ways we not only raise money, but raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities,” said McCorkle, who chairs the local leadership council and sits on the Executive Council for LETR Southern California. “Locally, the LETR conducts tip-a-cops at local restaurants, does an annual polar plunge and we also host the Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off at Pitchess Detention Center, all with the goal of raising money for Special Olympics.”
Funds raised at the tournament help underwrite the costs associated with conducting competitions for Special Olympics athletes. “It costs about $500 per year for an athlete to participate in Special Olympics,” said Laura Mayo, Regional Director for Santa Clarita Tri-Valley and also Vice President of Operations for Special Olympics Southern California. “Fund raising events like this golf tournament and others conducted by the LETR enable athletes to participate with no money out of pocket.”
The tournament will utilize a four-player “scramble” format with prizes for the winners, silent auction items and an array of raffle items. Those interested in participating in the tournament as a player, or as a sponsor are encouraged to go to www.sosc.org/tpcgolf for more information.
In the 36-years law enforcement has partnered with Special Olympics, the LETR has raised over $600 million. “We are very grateful for the relationship we have with law enforcement,” Mayo said. “Last year they helped raise over $100,000 in the Santa Clarita Tri-Valley region.”
McCorkle believes that LETR and Special Olympics is a perfect fit and the golf tournament the perfect event. “Individuals with intellectual disabilities are part of the fabric in our communities,” he said. “As stakeholders in this community, law enforcement is honored to be part of such a worthwhile endeavor that not only benefits these amazing athletes, but brings the community together to achieve that common goal.”
For more information, please visit www.sosc.org.
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