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Discussion: Winter World Charity Golf tournament-Mesa

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Oct. 30, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
Winter World Charity Golf tournament-Mesa
Hello fellow softball players. I am part of group that runs charity golf tournament for Sunshine Acres Childrens Home in Mesa AZ . It will be held at Long Bow golf course besides the children's Home off 202 and N. Higley Road. It will be held on Fri before Thanksgiving and there will be two tee times 7:30 AM and noon. Meals will be served for Breakfast and lunch and a supper and auction after 2nd tee time group is done around 5:30 PM.Sunshine Acres is a children's Home that takes care of 70 children and has had over 1700 live there since home was started in 1954. No child is EVER turned away due to lack of funds and the state and city does not fund the program. Private home that does not solict for funds. I worked there for 16 years and since I no longer work there am part of group that wants to help the home. Foursome is $600.00 and I think for anyone who is in area and has finished the older divisions it might be a fun way to wrap up a week here. Senior softball has toured the home and I understand Dave plans to come out Fri for the auction. My name is Gary Ingle and I play with CJS in the 55 age group. This home is a special place where kids can live here through college and they come from homeless, parents in prison etc. I took in a family of 7 age 3 to 13 many years ago when grandparent said the court dropped off 7 kids on doorstep and she was 69 years old. The kids lived with us for 6 years. If not interested please feel free to tour the home and see how faith in God has blessed this home in the desert. You can e-mail me at Dingle9104@msn.com for more info or call me at 480-981-6406. Thank you for any interest and we still have openings for both times and still are looking for sponsors etc. This is our 15th year to hold event. All profits go to home and golf course is not charging us any fees to play on course.Bless all of you and look forward to seing you at Winter Worlds. GI
Oct. 30, 2012
SSUSA Staff
1303 posts
Senior Softball USA is honored to wholeheartedly endorse this tournament and encourage as many of you as can do so to participate. Not too long ago, SSUSA's Terry Hennessy toured the Sunshine Acres Children's Home and heard about the program from Gary and the staff. He returned to Sacramento moved by the experience and pledged our support.

The tournament is on Friday, November 16th, which is the first day of Session #2 of the Winter World Championships in Phoenix. We strongly encourage anyone who might be able to put together a group (a foursome or an entire team!) of players from any participating team to give it a shot! Please support Gary and the Sunshine Acres Children's Home, and we'll work around getting your Friday game times into the appropriate morning or afternoon time slots to avoid any conflict with golf! Just let our schedule guy know in the next few days.

Thank you in advance for any benefits you can bring to this incredibly deserving charity.

Oct. 31, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
Thanks for interest. I have been asked if it has to be a foresome. No, It is 175.00 per person or $600 for 4 people. We also are doing a raffle, live and silent auction starting at 5:30 PM Fri. night. Thank you Senior Softball for working with team schedule's. Channel 12 has agreed to MC the event during the supper meal.In the past some sponsors do not fill out the 4 man group and I am able to fill open spots with less than 4 people. I also invite Children's Home staff, children and others to fill in when sponsors pay fees to cover event but cannot attend. I understand Golf course has clubs to use and I will check on that. Again thank you for your support , GI
Nov. 2, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
I did check and yes Clubs can be rented at golfcourse.. I attended meeting yesterday to check on that and openings and they still have spots open for both 7:30 and 12:30 tee times. It would be wonderful to see some of players from all divisions participate. I realize some groups that are playing it will be to difficult but feel free to visit if done. 45 minutes from most parks. I am very thankful Senior Softball has opened the door to help us and i look forward to more in the future. Bless you guys. GI- Thanks Terry,Fran, Dave and George and rest of group.
Nov. 3, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
Just wanted to say thanks to kind statements today playing at Fountain Hills seniors tournament. Had about 5 players come up and talk about how proud they were of Senior softball for helping Sunshine Acres. I believe this is just a starting step and i think positive things will happen from these baby steps in caring for others. I am blessed and very thankful to Terry and rest of staff. PS Wow it was great to see little kenney hit a home run against Big Ron our AZ Hall of famer today.
Nov. 5, 2012
AZTOMC
Men's 55
107 posts
I had the opportunity to tour the Sunshine Acres Children's Home a few years back. I was extremely impressed with what they were doing there. I remember hearing the success stories of kids that were down and out due to no fault of there own and after being cared for by the excellent staff at Sunshine Acres going on to succeed in college and sports. If you get a chance I highly recommend you get involved in the charity events being held to support this incredible endeavor.
Nov. 5, 2012
batter4u
Men's 65
77 posts
Many years ago I had the pleasure of working with Sunshine Acres and found them to be a wonderful place for kids. Their staff was one of the most caring and loving group of professionals that I ever worked with. They not only walked the extra mile for the kids but sometimes carried them the extra mile,,,,,
Nov. 7, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
I just want to thank Senior softball and all others who have talked with me about the golf tournament. Senior Softball has went out of it's way to be helpful to me and to the children at Sunshine Acres. You that have passed on positive info to me have been a real blessing. I had awonderful talk with Fran, Terry and Dave today and their willingness to go beyound thinking about softball and to show a desire to help others has really made a big impact of me. I hope some of you will find a way to visit if schedule does not conflict. Sunshine Acres gives tours of home every day so visit if you get chance or come out for Auction Friday night after two tee times are completed. (5:30 PM)LongBow golf course is right beside Sunshine Acres at 3405 N. Higley Road just off 202 and Higley. Bless you GI
Nov. 10, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
hey dave you may not hear this much but greatschedule for 55AAA. This works wonderful for me and makes it possible to finish my 2nd game by 10:30 and drive to golf course less than hour away for 2nd tee time starting at 12:30. If anyone else is looking for a fun afternoon for a good cause to help needy kids please feel free to come out. Supper will start around 5:30 with silent and live auction going on at same time. Again I feel very thankful and blessed for the attention Senior Softball and you guys having given to Sunshine Acres. Ask for gary Ingle if you attend so I can meet you. Long Bow golf course- 202 east to Higley turn south past Acres Home turn left on LongBow street to clubhouse on right hand side - half mile down.
Nov. 16, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
Just a quick report to all that talked about the Golf event. The team that Terry and Senior softball covered the entree fee for today $600.00 was over all 1st place and donated the 1st place award $500.00 back to Sunshine Acres Children's Home. Cannot get better than that. Had around 200 golfers today and first time we ever filled our Morning round . Auction and supper by Carrabba's with Channel 12 MC- Went well and I feel very blessed for the help of so many to help the 70 children at the home. You guys made me proud today- See you on the field tomorrow. GI
Nov. 19, 2012
Brock
Men's 70
55 posts
This is great. Since SS USA, as I understand it, is a recgnized 501 c 3 non profit organization, I've often wondered what organizations they might support. As one who really feels that those of us who have been fortunate in our lifetimes, that it is our duty to help support the less fortunate, especially kids. If we don't support kids now we will in the future except that we might not be happy about how we have to support them later on!!! I'm talking about us, as individuals, not tax money from the government. This is a great way for SS USA to set a good example for everyone associated with Senior Softball. Thank you.

I salute the organization and those who supported this effort this year. I'll try to participate next year if possible. I could not this year since my flight home was Thursday night.

Nov. 19, 2012
GI
Men's 60
167 posts
Thank You Brock and others who have shown interest in helping with the Sunshine Acres Program. This home depends on donations and does not ever turn any child away for lack of funds. They will be building a new home soon for 10 more girls and this will make it possible for 80 children to live at program. Aunt Vera (As we called her) who died 5 years ago as the founder always talked about one day having 100 children here. With God's direction I believe it will happen. I talked to terry and Dave Sunday and they are looking for more ways to help next year. Maybe if we let you guys know sooner you could plan on playing fri. Who knows maybe one day we will have Thursday set up just for senior softball golfers. Senior Softball has really come on board to show a desire to help our children and I am thankful as you say that we are thinking ahead instead of waiting till adults to get involved.I will make sure you all are aware next year by the summer months about the tournament and Dave was very open to working the schedules so I could play in morning and still get for 2nd tee time supper and auction events. Bless all of you and I hope that in future if you get the chance please take time to take a tour of home in Mesa. It is called Miricle in the Desert for a reason . See you in 2013. GI
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