Registration is under way for the annual Leisure World Charity Golf Tournament benefitting Mesa United Way, to be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at the community’s two golf courses.
“Our community loves to host this tournament every year for two reasons,” said organizer Howard Rubin. “First, we get tremendous satisfaction in helping Mesa United Way and the great work they do; second, we get to showcase our beautiful community and its world-class golf courses with an event that everyone enjoys.”
Proceeds from the tournament have grown dramatically in recent years, with last year’s event bringing in $8,200 for the charity. Leisure World has supported Mesa United Way for more than three decades through community events and pledge drives. Last year Leisure World’s combined United Way fundraising efforts totaled more than $30,000.
The tournament’s emphasis is on everyone having a good time, Rubin said. This year’s format is a two-person team scramble. People are welcome to enter individually or as teams, and tourney organizers will match individual entrants with teammates. Mulligans can be purchased at signup.
Applications are due by Oct. 31. Call the Pro Shop at (480) 634-4370 to sign up. Entry fee is $50, which includes green fees, a putting contest, cart for non-residents, practice balls and lunch.
Registration will start at 7 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 8 a.m. A number of raffle prizes will be awarded, including dozens of golf rounds at courses around the Valley, along with dinners and movie tickets. This year’s hole-in-one prize is a new car.
“Although Leisure World is a gated community, our residents and employees are keenly aware of the needs of the surrounding community,” Rubin said. “Mesa United Way helps fund 38 programs administered by 23 reputable organizations that benefit people in need, from at-risk youth and struggling families, to homebound elderly people. The work they do is just amazing and we’ve believed for years that we should do what we can to support it.”
“We are truly blessed having Leisure World as a partner,” said Linda Haskell, Mesa United Way’s resource development director. “Their support has been unwavering over the years, and has continued to grow. They are role models for other community organizations.”
Bob Schuster is a retired journalist and volunteer publicist for Mesa United Way.