September 19, 2016
Monday, September 19th was one of the final days of Summer, and boy was it HOT! That didn’t stop our golfers who were determined to have fun and make a difference for our chosen charity. This year’s was the 14th Summit Annual Golf Tournament and we enjoyed scenic views from Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton.
Over 100 golfers came out to play in the 100-degree heat and many additional joined us for dinner in the clubhouse to support this year’s charity, Canine Companions for Independence (cci.org). Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit based in Santa Rosa, whose mission is to provide service dogs, free of charge to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. The entire process takes several years with the breeders, puppy raisers and recipients all devoting time
to proper training.
Further connecting us to Canine Companions was the realization just a few weeks before the event that one of our most beloved colleagues, Rene Siegel of High Tech Connect, has direct ties to Canine Companions – her recent addition, Dominic Prado in the role of Marketing Specialist. Dominic just so happens to be the proud recipient of friend for life, Tammy, (his Labrador Retriever service dog) received through Canine Companions. We were thrilled to hear his story and witness firsthand the connection between dog and owner during our evening dinner program!
Congratulations To All Of Our Tournament Winners!
1st Place – Brett Walinsky, Matt Stimson, Kye Huff and William Boyer
2nd Place – Greg Gibbert, Tony Leonard, Summit’s Brendan Noonan and Matt Barba
3rd Place – Brian Carlson, Vince Affinito, Jason Pera and Marco Grelli
Longest Drive – Stephen Grochol (Men) and Stephanie Krist (Women)
Closest To The Pin – Michael Hall
Putting Contest – Will Wollesen
Marshmallow Drive – Jim Weisenstein
Thank you for your overwhelming support of Canine Companions for Independence and for braving the heat to make a difference in the lives of both canine and companion!
The Summit Golf Tournament has a proud history of raising money for deserving causes. Over the past 14 years, this event has raised over $292,500 for organizations that are making a difference in the East Bay and Tri-Valley community.
In researching possible beneficiaries for the Annual Golf Tournament, we look at local charities in the East Bay–specifically considering their mission and what impact Summit’s donation would have. When selecting one charity, there is no clean-cut answer, no easy decision. We receive multiple options each year and try to choose accordingly, knowing we can’t do it all. Our criteria is the following: their work be focused in our local community, that they are small enough that our event can make a meaningful difference, and that they be organized enough to marshal volunteers and handle the administrative duties of our event. We welcome submissions for future recipients, and although we won’t be able to choose them all, we hope you keep the recommendations coming.
View photos of the event here.