The Crowd: SPIN tournament raises funds for the needy

May 23, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • WINNERS: Dave Simkin, Kevin McHenry, Tom Mahoney and Mike Bueche first place foursome at the 7th annual SPIN Golf Tournament.
WINNERS: Dave Simkin, Kevin McHenry, Tom Mahoney and… (unknown, Daily…)

Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine played host to the 7th annual Serving People In Need (SPIN) Spring Golf Tournament.

One of the gents playing in a winning foursome suggested that the event was a "hole in one to stamp out homelessness in Orange County."

Close to 100 men and women converged on the rolling greens on this midweek day in May to take a stand and raise much-needed funds for folks who, at this point in their lives, have no opportunity to enjoy the good fortune of a day of golf and social merriment with their peers.

For the working poor, and for those who have no permanent residence, figuring out what to have for dinner, how to feed themselves and their family, and where to lay their head down for a night's sleep are concerns that trump all else.

The SPIN tournament chairman, Danni Remington of Premiere Commercial Bank, joined Jean Wegener, executive director of SPIN, and Development Director Kim Frazier in greeting the arriving supporters for a noon tee-off. A committee of volunteer organizers led the way to the putting greens and driving range for practice shots prior to the foursomes jumping in their golf carts stocked with festive box lunches and libations.


The "cute quotient" came courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks Power Players, as the lovely young girls in their cheer squad uniforms sold raffle tickets and passed out icy margaritas at the bars set up on the course.

On a serious note, one of the young women had a more personal connection to the tournament than the rest. She confided that, as a young girl, her own mother had been assisted by SPIN, whose support helped her to turn her life around and, in turn, provide more stability for her family.

Life can indeed come full circle as experienced by the now-grown child reflecting on what might have been in her own young life if SPIN had not been there to help.

Making the golf event possible were serious donors, including Erich Melvedt of Integrity Media, Allardice Trust, Bogart Construction, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Plaza Bank, US Trust, Christine Weiner, Wells Fargo, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP providing gift for the golfers, and SPIN's ultra-dedicated visionary leaders Mary Lou and Wayne Shattuck and Richard Crawford of Crawford Custom Homes.

Standouts among the golf participants included putting contest champ Jared Callister, who was just inches ahead of his closest competitor, Mark Wille. Greg Pierce took home the "closest to the pin" award, while Steve Tinnelly achieved the longest drive.

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