Golf classic raises $50K for charities

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - The seed for what would grow into the Snoqualmie Valley Charity Golf Classic was planted a few years ago when Don Isley and George Cook were hitting golf balls into a ravine on the not-yet built Tournament Players Course at Snoqualmie Ridge.

While Isley, the director of public safety for the city of Snoqualmie, and Cook, director of residential development at Snoqualmie Ridge, were swinging away, Isley envisioned a charity golf tournament that would raise money for Valley organizations.

"It had been one of my goals to have a tournament that could be played at the Jack Nicklaus course that could benefit the community," he said.

The seed has borne fruit. The first Snoqualmie Valley Charity Golf Tournament, held in the summer of 2000, raised more than $21,000. The 2001 event, held last July 29-30, doubled the amount raised from the previous, bringing in $50,000.

Isley presented checks to seven nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, Feb. 13. They included: Children's Services of Sno-Valley, $14,000; the Mount Si Senior Center, $12,000; Eastside Literacy Council, $9,500; Sno-Valley Senior Center, $7,000; Snoqualmie Valley Youth Hub, $4,000; Our Lady of Sorrows middle-school ministry, $2,000; and the Snoqualmie Valley Track Club, $1,500.

Isley, the tournament's president, said much of its success can be attributed to a growing list of corporate sponsors, most notably Quadrant Corp. and Philips Oral Healthcare Inc.

"The golf classic was an even better success than last year," he said. "We thank the Quadrant Corp. and Philips Oral Healthcare Inc. and all our sponsors for making this event possible.

"I also want to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard. It's my hope to make each year's tournament better than the last. It's a privilege to participate in such a worthwhile event."

The two-day event began with a sponsors' banquet at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club. The following day featured the golf tournament, which included noted area athletes and celebrities.

Immediately following last year's golf classic, work began on this year's event, which will be held July 14-15 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Isley said he hopes to increase the number of sponsors, thereby raising even more money for Valley charities. That task is becoming easier, as more businesses have become familiar with the golf classic, and more and more companies are moving into Snoqualmie Ridge.

"That's the name of the game - to get out there and talk to these people and let them know what this tournament brings to the community," Isley said.

Other participating sponsors in the 2001 Snoqualmie Valley Charity Golf Classic include: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, Pepsi Bottling Group, RCI Construction Group, Salish Lodge and Spa, Kristen Betty and Associates, Puget Western Inc., ESM Consulting Engineers, Associated Earth Sciences Inc., Safeway Inc., Nintendo of America Inc., Etrust Now, CamWest Development Inc., Terra Dynamics, SanMar Corp., Mount Si Golf Course, Adair's on the Green, Bank of America, Wilson Construction Co., Wizards of the Coast, Sirach Capital Management Inc. and Hillis, Clark Martin and Peterson.

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