Golfers boost Island Style funds
Sometimes the same old, same old, is rather special.
Drop in at the annual Christmas Island Style golf tournament, for example, and it’s pretty much the same golfing faces and the same band of volunteers ensuring that money comes in to finance November and December’s traditional season’s festivities.
Think at least $20,000 each year to stage activities such as Santa’s arrival at the Shops of Marco and Mackle Park, the holiday salute to veterans, the street parade, an award ceremony, a holiday caroling cruise … and you begin to get the financial picture.
And the golf tournament’s a big one, usually attracting at least 100 players who not only fork out the $100 entry fee, but also willingly part with more money for raffles, door prizes and auction items.
Are these golfers aware they’re contributing directly to the success of Christmas Island Style, which some people erroneously think is funded by the city?
“Absolutely,” said Tom Wagor. “Having served on the committee some years ago, and chairing one of the events, you’re aware of the great work being done by Steve (Stefanides) and his committee to bring in a whole bunch of events. I’m glad to play (in the golf tournament) for a great month of events.”
Likewise Brandy Simpson, who usually plays in a woman’s foursome.
“Definitely,” Simpson said. “This tournament, and others are for a great cause. You’re out having fun on the course, and you know someone’s benefitting from it.”
And the background volunteers? You’ll always see names like Day, Dasti, Schneider, Purvis and the dozens of others who give up their time to assist, but truth be told, they all actually prefer to remain pretty low-key and go about their business.
For the good of the community.
For the record, this year’s men’s winners were Dave Stonier, Bob Dugan, Mike Weigandt and Gary Evans. Top women’s team was Litha Lane (Berger), Dawn Henderson, Claudia McCoy and Gwen Means, while the 65-plus winners were Bob Furek, Don Beuerlein, Dave Hill and Tom Swartz.
Venue was the increasingly popular Hammock Bay course, which over the summer replaced all greens.