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Hathaway-Sycamores’ “Shot-at-a-Million” Golf Classic Raises $175,000 for Children in Need

Posted 5/27/10


While no walked away with a million bucks after sinking a hole-in-one, participants in Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services' recent “Shot-at-a-Million” Golf Classic made a meaningful difference for children in need by raising $175,000. Proceeds from the annual event, which this year was held at the Jack Nicklaus designed Angeles National Golf Course in Sunland, will help fund educational and therapeutic-treatment programs for the challenged youngsters served by Hathaway-Sycamores, the largest provider of children’s mental-health services in Los Angeles County.

The finalists who qualified to take a “Shot at a Million” - Rich Wolf, Jeff Ciccarella, Jack MacKenzie, Kathy DeFur, Jennifer Gowen of Sierra Madre, Phil Shackel, Bob Fegley, John Argue, Bob Conrey – at the 2010 Hathaway-Sycamores Shot at a Million Golf Classic.  Photo courtesy of Hathaway-Sycamore

The fundraiser, which was co-chaired by La Canada residents and Hathaway-Sycamores’ board members Dave Battaglia and Brad Freer, saw some 100 golfers hitting the greens and raising money hole-by-hole including local Sierra Madre residents Jennifer and Tom Gowen. Ten golfers qualified to take a swing at a hole-in-one and instantly become a millionaire, but no one made the improbable shot.  The event concluded with a 19th Hole After-Party that was attended by 200 Hathaway-Sycamores’ supporters who enjoyed an evening of refreshments, raffles, and a silent auction.  The most-coveted-raffle prize—a 2010 BMW MINI-Cooper—was won by La Canada resident and Hathaway-Sycamores’ board member Scott Monroe, whose daughter turned 16 the day after the raffle.

Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone thanked everyone in attendance and applauded their “generous support of Hathaway-Sycamores’ efforts to help children, adolescents, and young adults—most of whom have suffered unimaginable trauma—rebuild their lives and become productive citizens.”  

Following Martone’s remarks, Brad Freer was presented with the Travelling Trophy, awarded to the golfer or team that raises the most money. Brad’s pledges and sponsorships brought in close to $60,000 which put him at the top of the proceeds list.

Sierra Madre resident Jennifer Gown,  past chair of the Hathaway-Sycamores golf event, with her husband Tom Gowen out on the course at the 2010 Hathaway-Sycamore's Shot at a Million Golf Classic.  Photo courtesy of Hathaway-Sycamore

The program was then turned over to Shaquenta Dorothy McDonald who spoke to those on hand, explaining how Hathaway-Sycamores has had a life-changing impact on her.  McDonald, now 20, was in the foster-care system from the age of 14, and a longtime victim of abuse.  In her senior year of high school, McDonald moved from foster care into Hathaway-Sycamores’ Transitional Independent Living Program, through which she was provided housing as well as a job at King Ranch Market in Pasadena.  Today, McDonald is employed by Hathaway-Sycamores, and is working toward a degree that will enable her to serve as one of the agency’s therapeutic behavioral specialists. Summing up her situation, McDonald told the audience, “At times, life and school can be very challenging. Yet, with the help of my team at Hathaway-Sycamores, I know that I can overcome every challenge that I come across.”   

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