The Desi Geestman Foundation and the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Support Group held their Annual Golf Classic on July 16 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Ninety-one members of the community participated.
Thanks to the major tournament sponsors, the Cal Tech Employee Credit Union and Xerox, the event raised almost $20,000 that will be split between the CV Sheriff’s Support Group and the Desi Geestman Foundation.
Shooting a low net score of 54 was the team of Kevin Danni, Nick Martinez, Ed Cabico and Matt Reel. The team of Deanna Hammerli, Greg Osbourne, Tavit Garabedian and Steve Clement won the mixed flight. Men’s long drive champion was Kris Hons and the ladies champion was Deanna Hammerli. Capt. Dave Silversparre won the putting contest with a bomb at the 11th hour of the event.
The Desi Geestman Foundation helps children cope with cancer. As families try to deal with a sick child, possibly transporting the child a long distance to the City of Hope, take care of their other children and maintaining employment, their lives are turned upside down. Volunteer members of the foundation will throw birthday parties for the children; provide phone cards so patients can call their parents; give gas cards and food certificates for the parents when they visit their child; and many other items that help the entire family during the period of treatment.
This foundation takes care of the people that don’t qualify for state assistance but are struggling financially due to the child’s illness. The foundation wants the parents and the child to focus on recovery.
The Sheriff Support Group is also a non-profit organization that is run by volunteer members of the community and the money raised is used to support the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station and its deputies. The funds raised help purchase specialized equipment and other programs necessary to operations at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Tournament Chairman Rick Dinger said, “We had great support from our local community to make this year’s event a great success”