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The 1st Annual WISH Golf Tournament was a Hole-in-One!

Golf tournament collage

On Friday June 10th, several WISH Dads played hooky from their usual jobs, and instead spent an enjoyable summer afternoon at the Westchester Golf Course. It was all for a good cause- they were participating in WISH Charter's 1st Annual Golf Tournament, which raised over $4,000 for our school. With a total of 63 participants, the tournament brought in not only WISH parents, but also other community members, friends and family. Even a few WISH grandparents participated in the 18 holes, including contests for longest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting contest.

The event's coordinator, WISH parent Sheri Steinman, has played a little golf herself. In fact, while they were dating, Sheri and her now-husband Peter used to enjoy spending time together on the course, and they even had a golf-themed wedding. "Not only do I love the game," Sheri says, "But I had heard about other successful tournaments with nearby schools and charitable organizations and wanted to create one for WISH."

As with all of the other events that Sheri has helped with this year on WISH's Events and Fundraising Committee, the golf tournament was a great success for a first-year event. As WISH continues to grow and become a larger presence in the local community, it is expected that the annual golf tournament will grow as well. "Based on the positive feedback we've received on this tournament, we should have no problem bringing in even more golfers and sponsors next year," Sheri says. "I look forward to it!"

Congratulations to our winning foursome, Steve Bagnara (WISH father), Doug Bratcher, Dave Hughes and Stephen Bridgewater, who scored the lowest total (with or without handicapping), and each walked away with a $100 gift certificate to McCormick & Schmick's and a bottle of Francis Coppola Diamond Series Claret wine.

Thank you to our hole sponsors, IHOP, Stephanie Younder of Telles Realty, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, The Coffee Co, Westchester Medical Group (David Weiss), West Coast Center for Ortho Surgery, Westchester Dental Clinic on Lincoln, PT Care and R.W. Durham & Company. And thanks to everyone else who donated gifts for our raffle prizes, including Terranea Resort, The Custom Hotel and the Platinum Hotel & Spa in Vegas. We appreciate your help in making our 1st Annual WISH Golf Tournament a fun success!