When it comes to sports and games, Arizona is a mecca for professional sports and amateur warriors. Whether it’s the Super Bowl, Spartan Races, or the Greatest Show on Grass (Phoenix Open) local fans have a lot to choose from throughout the year.
Over the decades, Hacienda has garnered its share of dedicated sports fans who have chosen our special children and young adults as their reason to play. It is our honor to recognize and thank the following organizations whose members volunteer their time, talents, and give of their treasure through the game of golf. Here is a big shout out of thanks to Squaw Peak Rotary Club, IBEW Local 640, the Valley of the Sun Kiwanis Club and all the corporate and individual sponsors who make these events successful.
30th year Skeeter McFee Golf Tournament – Hosted by the Squaw Peak Rotary Club
Major Projects funded: Hacienda’s first swimming pool and Hacienda’s on-going horticultural program providing outdoor recreational environments and several wheelchair swings.
20th year IBEW Local 640 Golf Tournament – Hosted by IBEW Local 640
Yearly project funded: Each December proceeds are used to purchase new Christmas/Holiday gifts for Hacienda clients and residents; they shop, gift wrap, and personally deliver the gifts with Santa and Santa’s elves.
Inaugural Kiwanis Cup MiniGolf Tournament – Hosted by the Valley of the Sun Kiwanis Club
Project/program funded: Proceeds from this first time event will benefit the needs of medically fragile babies and children of Hacienda Children’s Hospital.
Putting for Kids
The inaugural Kiwanis Cup Mini Golf Tournament was a rolling success with both Pro-Am and fierce team competitions. The event was held at Mesa Golfland/Sunsplash and was the first sanctioned US Pro Mini Golf event to be held in Arizona.
The morning session had professional and amateur players putting for the grand prize of a paid entry into the October MSOP (Major Series of Putting) Tournament in Las Vegas. Professional golfer Jacob Stasiulewicz walked away with the prize along with his new Gopher putter head cover. Over 30 teams consisting of corporate partners/sponsors and family members competed in the team competition for fun and bragging rights. Arizona themed awards were given for overall lowest score, best team outfit/theme and best team name.
The Valley of the Sun Kiwanis Club (VOSK) has supported Hacienda Healthcare for over 25 years and selected Hacienda Children’s Hospital in Mesa as one of its focus charities for the event. Students from ASU (CKI) and North High School (Key Club), members of the Kiwanis family of student leaders, along with VOSK members and volunteer groups from Wells Fargo, Hacienda, and Fennemore Craig provided the help to make the event a smooth and fun experience.
The surprise celebrity speaker for the awards ceremony was former NFL place kicker and Arizona Cardinals kicker, Jay Feely. Jay, his wife Rebecca, and mother Janis graciously stopped by to say a few words. Jay and Rebecca have a special place in their hearts for Hacienda and visit many of the young people when their schedule permits. Jay spoke of his brother Michael who had pachygyria, a physical and developmentally debilitating disease that took his life at age 26. He explained how his mother lovingly took care of him and how Michael’s life inspired many family members and friends to go into medicine and healthcare.
Although Jay was returning from out of town he stayed and hung out with the football fans who were delighted to see him. Jay has retired from the NFL and currently works for CBS as a color commentator on football. We are very appreciative of the time that the Feelys gave and thankful to Jay for sharing his personal story. Many thanks to the Valley of The Sun Kiwanis Club, the presenting sponsors, Putts 4 Privileges and PGA TOUR Superstore along with all of the corporate hole sponsors that made this first time event a great success. A big thanks to the volunteers, and all the brave putters who came out to play and have fun!