Leisure World will host a golf tournament on Dec. 3 to benefit Mesa United Way, continuing a 35-year tradition of supporting the charitable organization. The event, open to all interested golfers from throughout the Valley, will take place at the Coyote Run Championship Golf Course and will include an awards luncheon, raffle and putting contest.
"I feel the reason this wonderful community reaches out to help those outside of our community is that service and helping is a part of Leisure World's culture," said Mark L. Wade, Leisure World's community manager. "Our people care about people both inside our walls and outside. Our residents have been fortunate for the most part to have some extras in their lives and they share with others to the extent they can so that their influence in a positive way helps others in the Mesa area."
Leisure World has hosted the United Way Golf Tournament for more than a decade, but the community has supported the organization for 35 years by regularly sponsoring donation drives among residents and employees of the community association.
"It is wonderful to see the employees and residents working together to support the work of the Mesa United Way," said Jan Zale, director of recreation for the Leisure World Community Association. "Whether through food drives a couple times a year, collecting school supplies and other items for Helen's Hope Chest, or just opening their pocket book to donate, the spirit of giving is present year round."
Registration for the tournament is $50 per participant and open to everyone, with all fees donated to Mesa United Way. Sign up at the Pro Shop or call (480) 634-4270.
Sign-in starts at 7 a.m. Dec. 3 in the lobby of Recreation Center #2, followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. There will be a two best-ball net and ladies will get extra strokes. Pros will be available to help match players for foursomes. Mulligans can be purchased at signup.
There will be a putting contest as golfers finish their round, along with a raffle.
Lunch will be served in the Pavilion at Recreation Center #2. A number of prizes will be awarded, including golf rounds at courses throughout the Valley, plus there will be a variety of door prizes including dinners and movie tickets. Players will have four opportunities to win hole-in-one prizes that include $10,000 cash, a club car from Apache Golf Cars plus a Dell computer, a set of Taylor Made Irons, and a Bose Wave radio/CD system.
Mesa United Way Vice President Claudia Walters praised Leisure World residents and community leaders for their continuing support, especially during these tough economic times. "The Leisure World golf tournament is a wonderful tradition that has created a legacy of giving," she said. "We consider the residents of Leisure World not only to be champions for those in the community who are in need, but real friends to Mesa United Way."
Travis Fish, Leisure World's new director of golf, said he's been caught up in the community's spirit of giving. "I am brand new to the community but I can already feel the passion our residents have in supporting their local charities! With the excitement and energy our residents bring to the table I look forward to working closely with them this year and for many years to come on their Mesa United Way golf event."
Mesa United Way supports 27 local charitable agencies that assist people of all ages who are in need. For more information, visit www.mesaunitedway.org.
So far, the Mesa United Way has raised $600,000 toward its $2,825,000 goal for the 2011-2012 pledge campaign, which started July 1 and ends June 30, 2012. To help, visit, www.mesaunitedway.org/give or call (480) 969-8601.
• Bob Schuster is a public information specialist for the Mesa United Way.