On Monday, the association will host its fourth annual Charity
Golf Tournament at the Costa Mesa Country Club, which funds the
firefighters charitable acts. The event will hopefully raise $15,000,
Tournament Director Greg LaFave said.
"The whole idea of raising money is so throughout the year we can
continue to offer the services we do, and on a grass-roots level,"
LaFave said. "We're not looking for accolades."
On the 17th hole -- the longest par-3 hole on the course,
measuring 188 yards -- a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo is the prize for
anyone who can shoot a hole-in-one.
The banquet after the tournament is a Hawaiian luau with live jazz
music, a bar and a silent auction. Some of the auction items are a
surfboard that LaFave made, cruises to Mexico and the Bahamas and
free weekend stays at local hotels.
Some of the funds from the annual golf tournament are also used
are for $500 scholarships for four graduating seniors -- two from
Estancia High School and two from Costa Mesa High School. The
scholarships are an effort to give deserving students the nudge they
need to make the right choices, LaFave said.
"I want to get a lot of people who are on the fence and just give
them a little shove," LaFave said. "[Like someone who's] either going
to be a car thief or a car mechanic. I want to find the guy I can
give a shove to and he's going to end up being a contributor."
C.J. Segerstrom & Sons has generously donated to the firefighters'
association over the years, LaFave said.
"Even though they're very wealthy and successful, I think on a
very community-based level, they really want to give back to the
community and do things that really count," LaFave said.