Swing for SHELTER golf tourney coming up

Around Alamo: Swing for SHELTER golf tourney coming up
By Caterina Mellinger

Celebrating their 25th year of an exciting day of golf for a wonderful cause is SHELTER Inc. of Contra Costa County. So mark your calendars for the annual Swing for SHELTER golf tournament July 25 at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo.

And while the popular golf tournament has sold out, Ashley Rose, SHELTER Inc.'s communications and graphic design specialist, is excited to get the word out that tickets for the dinner and live auction are still available.

"I will not be golfing that day but intend to help in any way I can and will be attending the dinner and auction," stated Alamo resident and committee member Lee Maloney, who also praised her fellow volunteers for their dedication. "I love working with a dedicated group to make it a great event, which supports SHELTER Inc., because I truly believe it is a fabulous organization and an important cause," said Maloney, who joined the Swing for SHELTER committee this year. "I've heard about the tournament for many years and since joining have toured the facilities in Concord and Antioch. I love what SHELTER Inc. does and believe in keeping families together in their homes," she added.

Ticket information for the dinner and auction along with more exciting news about auction items and the event, is at, http://shelterinc.org/news/swing/. SHELTER, Inc. is continually committed to preventing and ending homelessness in Contra Costa County by providing struggling families with a safe place to live and meeting their most basic needs, while offering individualized services such as education, employment assistance and counseling. Additional information can be found at www.shelterinc.org.

The festivities begin for golfers of all levels that day with a 9 a.m. registration and fun competitions for the golfers with an 11 a.m. tee time, lunch and, at the end of the day at 4:30 p.m., a no-host cocktail hour with fellow golfers and dinner guests mingling over the silent auction items. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and while guests enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the talented chefs at Round Hill an inspirational success story will be shared by a former client of SHELTER Inc. Former San Francisco KPIX 5 CBS weekend anchor and reporter Ann Notarangelo will emcee the event, at which guests will have the opportunity to meet SHELTER's new CEO, John Eckstrom.

"I look forward to attending this incredible event and meeting the dedicated supporters who make it possible to continue our mission of preventing and educating homelessness in Contra Costa County," said Eckstrom.

Live auction items include sports memorabilia from Warriors star Steph Curry and admission for two at the Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. According to the website, dinner tickets are $85 per person.

"Not only is Swing for SHELTER a fun competitive, social event, it also raises awareness and critically needed funds for those in our community who need it most," added event coordinator Carr.

"It's inspiring to see so many community members supporting SHELTER Inc. year after year," said Rose, who noted in an email that in these past 25 years, this golf tournament has raised more than $1 million to support SHELTER Inc. in its mission to prevent and end homelessness for low-income residents of Contra Costa County by providing resources that lead to self-sufficiency. Swing for SHELTER event coordinator Elaine Carr echoed Rose's sentiments.

"From shotgun to the silent auction and dinner Swing for SHELTER is an event not to be missed," she stated.

This year's event is presented by UnitedHealthcare and sponsors Norm and Maggie Eggen with a lot of preparation from behind the scenes going into Swing for SHELTER over the past seven months. There are 38 committee members, whom have volunteered their time to make sure this event is an extra special one. From soliciting sponsorships to collecting wonderful items for the live and silent auctions and even encouraging neighbors and friends to participate that day, these hard workers also sponsor more than 50 percent of the tournament, either individually or through their employers.


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