life -- golfing and wine. Three years ago, the Reds, Whites and
Greens Charity Golf Classic was born.
The event, which will be held at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in
Mission Viejo tomorrow, raised close to $80,000 in its first two
years. Thomsen said she expects it to bring in $70,000 this year.
The golf tournament brings in money in several ways. Each of the
144 golfers pays $195 to play, and guests who attend the dinner
portion will fork over $50. There will also be a silent wine auction
and one featuring golf package getaways, monthly massages for a year
and baseball tickets.
Thomsen said between corporate sponsorships, cash donations and
players' fees, this year's Golf Classic has raised $48,500 for the
"We will know exactly how much money was raised that night,"
Thomsen said. After dinner, a formal check presentation is made to
the foundation in front of everyone.
The event is unique in that there is an around-the-world wine
tasting on the course, with a red and white wine from a different
country featured at every third hole.
Thomsen, an avid golfer with a handicap of eight, took up the
sport in her early 20s when she worked for an ad agency in Chicago.
She said she noticed all the men would frequently leave work early.
When she realized they were leaving to play golf, she decided to
take it up.
Coincidentally, it was around the same time that she became
somewhat of a wine connoisseur.
Her affinity for golfing and wine, along with her background in
advertising and marketing, made organizing a fundraiser like Reds,
Whites and Greens fairly easy.
However, she said the eight weeks leading up to the event are
"I haven't done anything to generate revenue for Cindy Thomsen in
the last eight weeks," she smiled. "I wouldn't have it any other way.
It is so much fun.
"I'm fortunate enough to where I survived -- not once, but twice.
I have the ability to make a difference, why wouldn't I do