Homelessness is prevalent in our county. However, numerous Alamo residents are hard at work helping to end this sad reality through hard work and dedication to the organization called SHELTER Inc.
In July, the annual Swing for SHELTER golf tournament at Round Hill Country Club was again a successful and sold-out event with golfers and dinner guests from all over the county and drawing attention to the plight of SHELTER Inc (www.shelterincofccc.org).
I'm told the organization raised over $156,000 to help homeless families get back on their feet and a lot of the thanks goes to the hard work of many community members. The event was chaired by Jonathan and Barbara Korfhage, who sent me an email expressing gratitude for the commitment and long hours of the committee.
"We are greatly appreciative for the support we have received from the community and our sponsors of SHELTER Inc.'s Swing for Shelter golf tournament. This year's fundraising event will support SHELTER Inc.'s many services in Contra Costa County in the struggle to prevent and end homelessness while promoting self-sufficiency for low-income families and veterans. The golf tournament, auctions and dinner were very successful this year with over 150 golfers and dinner for almost 200 supporters," wrote Jonathan.
Alamo folks serving on the committee were Wendi Cegelski, Sandy and Jerry Ducey, Carol and Richard Hyman and Robert and Janet Besse. Committee members included Pete and Julie Davis, longtime supporters of SHELTER, who are also board members; Pete has also served as president. Jim Carro, Peter Goodman, Fred and Melanie Gutterson and Cindy Settergen, of Wells Fargo Bank, also assisted in the success of the event. Supporters in Alamo included Janice and Dave Hammond, Margaret Palma, Sonia and Frank McCoy, Paul and Louise Evensong and Guy and Anne Marie Morgante. Other Alamo residents supporting Swing for SHELTER are Lisa-Joy Avelar and Gordon and Elinor Berke. Elinor is a local artist who donated a beautiful oil landscaper for the auction. Some Round Hill members who give their support to SHELTER are Tom and Melva Hansen, Mary Wood, John and Vicky Hess, Sharon and Bruce Meyer, Carl and Judy Moore, Jim and Leanne Noe, Carol Rosenblum, Chuck and Diane Rothkopf, Claudia Waldron, Richard and Lorraine Whitehurst, Frank and Beth Trafton, Dennis and Peggy Stokes and Barbara Gloden, to name some. David Gemmer, of Gemmer Asset Management, is also a supporter, along with Alamo Wells Fargo. A lot of the committee members are also on the auxiliary group, SUPPORT for SHELTER, including Wendi, Sandy, Carol, Janet, Elinor, Diane, Lorraine, Penny Edwards, Sharon Meyer, Judy Moore and Beth Trafton. Other Alamo businesses contributing to the success of the program are Mark Kahn Jewelers, Ace Hardware and Starbucks, to name some.
From the putting greens to the green hillsides, SHELTER, Inc. is working away on their next fundraising event, which is the fourth annual Hike for SHELTER at Mt. Diablo State Park, on Oct. 19. There will be four trails to choose from, easy, moderate, challenging and a summit hike. A post-hike celebration will follow from 12:30 to 3 p.m. with lunch provided for all hikers. Register before Sept. 19 by going to http://bit.ly/2013hike.
My hat is off to all these volunteers! Keep up the great work and know you are making a difference in the lives of many families. Have a great week!
Contact Caterina Mellinger at around- email@example.com