Summerfield Women's Golf Club's annual event benefits the Good Neighbor Center this year, and people can still contribute

BARBARA SHERMAN - Sandy Brewer, chair of the Summerfield Women's Golf Club's annual charity fundraiser, holds a photo of children who have benefitted from staying at the Good Neighbor Center for homeless families. The photo of Brewer was taken after the club's Member-Guest Golf Tournament played partially in the rain on June 15 as members, including Marilyn Katz (left), and guests gathered before lunch.There is still time to donate a gift card or guess how many tees and golf balls are in a tall vase before all the funds raised are turned over to the Good Neighbor Center on July 13.

That is the day of the Summerfield Women's Golf Club's annual Charity Golf Tournament and Fundraiser, when at a dinner that night a representative from the Good Neighbor Center will receive a check, likely for several thousand dollars.

The golf club has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years for several charitable organizations, and this year the golf club board voted again to help the Good Neighbor Center, a homeless shelter in Tigard.

Since 2000 the center has provided transitional housing for up to nine families at a time along with support services. 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 more.

The staff also works to get the families into a stable housing situation when they leave, with the program's success rate at more than 90 percent.

Until three years ago money for the club's charity fundraiser was raised by holding a silent auction, but two years ago the fundraiser was changed to asking people to donate business gift cards that were put together into gift baskets to be raffled off, or to purchase raffle tickets.

The gift cards and raffle tickets returned again this year, when Sandy Brewer, chair of the fundraiser, added a new element. She filled a tall vase with colorful tees and golf balls, and for $5, people can purchase two chances to guess the correct number, with the winner getting a $100 gift card.

According to Brewer, people can donate gift cards or purchase raffle tickets for the gift baskets until July 12.

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

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