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Photo: Left to Right: Volunteers of America Southwest President & CEO Gerald McFadden, LPGA Professional Katherine Kirk, Volunteers of America National President & CEO Mike King

October 20, 2016 (San Diego) - Volunteers of America Southwest held its 17th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, September 12, 2016. The all-day event was held at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo located at 12280 Greens East Road, San Diego.

The Celebrity Golf Classic raised a net amount of $77,938. Gerald McFadden, President and CEO of the organization, says that proceeds from the event, “benefit education and development for young children, as well as our programs serving veterans and their families.”

A few of the celebrities in attendance were Pete Shaw, Willie Buchanon, Dokie Williams, Vencie Glenn, and LPGA Katherine Kirk who held a putting clinic for VIP golfers before the event.

Following the tournament, golfers were invited to attend an awards banquet and dinner reception with entertainment, raffle prizes, and both live and silent auctions.

One of the beneficiaries is Hawley Veterans Services Center in El Cajon, which provides transitional housing for veterans with mental health issues.

One auction item was a “Making a Difference” gift- in which people donated to support the lease, and eventual payoff of the Hawley Veteran Van. The van, a Ford Flex, will be used to transport residents of the Hawley Veterans Center to appointments, interviews, and work.

Volunteers of America Southwest sends a special thank you to Ausgar Technologies for their generous $5,000 donation towards the Hawley Veteran Van.

Top sponsors: Sysco Foods, RezCare Pharmacy, MediExcel Health Plan

About Volunteers of America Southwest

Volunteers of America Southwest is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that is part of the national Volunteers of America network. The group operates over 20 programs in five counties—San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Imperial—with a mission to inspire hope through ministry of service by providing individuals and families with the tools to improve their quality of life. They strive to create a safe, healthy and productive community where families are strengthened, people live with dignity and human potential is realized. For more information, visit www.voasw.org.


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