Tigard homeless shelter is beneficiary of Summerfield Women's Golf Club's annual fundraiser

REGAL COURIER PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - Sandy Brewer, wearing a black-and-white fascinator for the Summerfield Women's Golf Club's opening luncheon theme of 'Live, Love, Golf,' is chair of this year's annual charity fundraiser, and she invited people to spend $5 for two guesses on how many tees and golf balls are in her vase, with the winner getting a $100 gift card.The Summerfield Women's Golf Club has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years for local charities through its annual Charity Golf Tournament and accompanying fundraiser.

Sandy Brewer seems to have become the permanent chair of the fundraiser, successfully leading it over the past several years, and she is at it again this year, raising money for the Good Neighbor Center.

The golf club board votes every year on a charity to support, and the Good Neighbor Center, a homeless shelter in Tigard that the club has previously helped, is again the recipient of the group's largesse.

Last year the club switched from a silent auction to a raffle in which people could purchase tickets for one of several themed gift baskets filled with products and gift cards. This year Brewer is working on getting people and businesses to donate gift cards that will be bundled together in baskets and raffled off.

In addition, the creative real estate broker came up with another idea to raise money: She filled a tall vase with colorful tees and golf balls, and for $5 people can purchase two chances to guess the number of items in the vase, with the winner getting a $100 gift card.

At the golf club's April 6 opening luncheon, Brewer told the group, "I'm really excited that our charity is the Good Neighbor Center again. I need gift cards for $5 to $100 for the baskets. Quite a few businesses have donated things related to golf and nurseries. We can always use cards from restaurants, grocery stores and places like Starbucks. And we are looking for tee-box sponsors."

In early February, Brewer met with Jack Schwab, the Good Neighbor Center's executive director, who along with volunteer coordinator Heidi Guffey provided Brewer with a tour of the facility on Greenburg Road, where Brewer learned about its programs.

Since 2000, the center has provided transitional housing for up to nine families at a time along with support services. It includes nine private rooms with twin and bunk beds, a commercial kitchen, a dining room, day room, a multi-purpose room for storage/homework, and a fenced outdoor yard with play equipment.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016, it sheltered 90 families (135 adults and 190 children). Families can stay there for up to six weeks, where they are provided with three daily meals and snacks, case management services, access to a children's program, life skills classes, opportunities to participate in the Rent Well program and much more. It also works to get them into a stable housing situation when they leave.

The program's success rate is well over 90 percent, Schwab told Brewer.

For more information or to make a donation, call Brewer at 503-317-0728.

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