On Monday, April 21st The Arc of Riverside County held their 6th Annual “Value of One” Charity Golf Classic at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. One hundred-fifty golfers from the community joined in raising funds for The Arc of Riverside County’s “Value of One” initiative. The Value of One is a campaign on dignity, respect and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The proceeds from this tournament will be used to help the individuals we serve find work in the community and become more involved in meaningful activities. Main sponsors included Hogan Insurance Company, Commonwealth Financial, and A Foundation for Kids, the Riverside Police Department, Riverside Uptown Kiwanis and Bud’s Tire and Wheel.
We are grateful to all the folks who participated and made this a successful and fun event again this year,” said The Arc of Riverside County President, Ron Domme. “To have a full field for the sixth consecutive year is a tribute to our tournament chairperson and to the many volunteers – staff, board members and others – who work behind the scenes.”
Tournament chair, Mike Stearsman has been instrumental in the success of the tournament for the six years of its existence. To honor his dedication and his continuing contribution to our agency, Mr. Stearsman was presented with a tile plaque that will be displayed on our donor wall next to The Arc of Riverside County’s National Wall of Respect mosaic mural located in our parking area at 8138 Mar Vista Court.
A Foundation for Kids, a local non-profit that raises funds and in-kind support for children’s agencies & youth organizations that serve abused and at-risk children was very involved in the planning and implementation of this year’s tournament. The foundation provided swag bags for every golfer, and each one contained a George Foreman grill and a beach towel among other valuable items. “The value of the goody bag almost equaled the entrance fee for the golf tournament,” commented Tony Anderson, Executive Director of The Arc of California, based in Sacramento. Twenty-one of the participants in the tournament were individuals from other agencies from around the state who work in the field of developmental disabilities or volunteer to those agencies. Bob Hogan Insurance, a new and welcome sponsor of our event, sponsored these folks. “We hope to be here next year. It was a fun event,” said Fred Robinson, an account executive for Hogan Insurance.
Of course this tournament would not have been possible without the help of dedicated staff, board members, and volunteers. Overall, 19 employees and board members participated in some way.
You will notice many logos on our website and our banner and they all represent contributors to this fundraiser. Every fundraising dollar is important and with so much in-kind support and volunteer labor, most of the proceeds from this event will go toward carrying our mission to support individuals with disabilities and their families.