The 19th Spoon River College Foundation Golf Tournament, held on Friday, August 10th, 2012, raised over $17,500, which will benefit Spoon River College, its communities, and its students. The annual fundraiser has raised over $220,000 since 2000.
The proceeds from this year’s outing will support SRC Athletics, the Foundation’s scholarship program, and for the future Canton campus multi-purpose facility.
Emily Gillett, Foundation Coordinator, says, “We are extremely grateful for the community support of the SRC Foundation’s annual event. The continued success of our tournament is due to the hard working committee members, numerous volunteers, and generous sponsors. We also appreciate the assistance of Wee-Ma-Tuk Country Club staff who help us make the event possible.”
Twenty-two teams registered for this year’s tournament, with Ray Rickena’s team winning the first place $300 cash prize. Rickena, along with Cliff Brown, Greg Garrett and Ryan Riggins, chose to generously donate their winnings back to the Spoon River College Foundation.
Major Sponsors of the event included the following: ACE Sponsor-Corporate Clean, Inc., and Fairview Quickstop. EAGLE Sponsor-Bank of Farmington; BIRDIE Sponsor-Benefit Administrative Systems, LLC, CEFCU, CTS Group and MidAmerica National Bank.
“In addition to the major sponsors, more than 75 other businesses and individuals also contributed,” Gillett said. “We are grateful for all the levels of support we receive. The Foundation could not carry out their mission without those who support us.”
The Foundation’s mission is to seek resources in order to provide excellent educational opportunities to the college. The Foundation was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the spring of 1979 and has served the needs of Spoon River College for over 30 years.
Since 2000, the Foundation and the college have provided approximately one million dollars for scholarships and college programs, faculty innovation, facility and technology upgrades, and community projects. The Foundation Board of Directors works hand-in-hand with the college’s Board of Trustees and Administration to ensure that “excellent educational opportunities” are possible for ALL residents in the college’s district and beyond.