Q: Why did you get involved with the Century Club of San Diego?
As a retired media entrepreneur, I have redirected those efforts into philanthropy in San Diego. Having consulted with non profits on a pro bono basis for several years now, those efforts lead me to the Century Club. The opportunity to work with and become a member of such an elite and prestigious group whose mission is to serve our community philanthropically using golf as the vehicle is truly in my sweet spot. I can't imagine a better way of being part of the game that I love while helping those less fortunate than ourselves than being a Century Club member.
Q. What do you see as the role of the Century Club of San Diego in the community and with the PGA TOUR event?
When I first learned about the Century Club, I was stunned with the charitable opportunities the organization has. Our ability to bring together the business forces that are attracted to a PGA Tour event and marry them with the so many disadvantaged in our community is spectacular. A new program such as Birdies For Charity, which we launched here last year, generated $480,000 into the hands of 8 local organizations who serve children at risk. That was from a standing start last July. Imagine the possibilities of every Century Club member working to grow and build our philanthropic footprint in San Diego. Imagine how many people and families we can help, how many kids we can give a hand up from the cycle of poverty, how many kids will not go to jail, or get hooked on drugs or get killed or commit suicide because of us. THAT is what I see as our role.
Q: What are you most proud of in your association with the Century Club of San Diego?
Having such a visible event as our golf tournament gives us the vehicle to make a huge difference in our community. And we do! How often does one have the opportunity to bring happiness to so many, both with the entertainment aspects of the event and the life saving and opportunity generating charitable efforts we do for our those not as fortunate as ourselves? We are truly blessed with this role and I want to do my share to help us achieve our unlimited potential.
BIRDIES FOR CHARITY!
The Birdies For Charity program was able to generate more than $480,000 in its first year.
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