Special Events Sponsors
The Youssef & Kamel Mawardi Foundation
John & Ursula Kanel Charitable Foundation
Kathy & Tetsu Tanimoto
Printing & Hole sponsor
Fred Fyten Printing & Logistics
Lena & Richard French
Golf Carts Sponsor
Jose Janitorial Service, Inc.
Cocktail Reception Sponsors
Janet & Jeff Leitzinger
Green Fees sponsor
New Century BMW
Snack Shack Sponsors
Ellyn & Rich Semler
Amapola Yeung & Scott Schaldenbrand
February 24, 2017
Mawardi Golf Challenge Turns 17!
San Gabriel, CA – On February 23, 2017, a collection of the Blind Children’s Center’s most dedicated supporters took to the greens of the San Gabriel Country Club for the 17th annual Mawardi Golf Challenge. Presented by title sponsor, the Youssef & Kamel Mawardi Foundation, the Challenge holds a special place in the Center’s heart, as 100% of the proceeds raised directly benefit our students and families.
The MGC was launched by a small group of golfers in 2000 who decided to play 100-plus holes of charitable golf in one day. The Challenge that BCC once referred to as “The Longest Day of Golf,” has produced a dedicated group of golfers who now play 18 holes each year for the same, critical cause. Their fundraising efforts yielded an impressive $115,000 in net proceeds for this year’s event and, in its lifetime, the MGC has gone on to raise more than $1.4 million!
A dozen golfers teed-off at noon, finishing the 18-holes just after 4 p.m. Luckily there was a break from the recent rain, and everyone enjoyed a beautiful day out on the course with BCC’s mission guiding them. A special thank you goes out to tournament co-chairs Dr. Richard French & Tetsu Tanimoto, whose leadership and passion have taken this event to new heights in recent years.
The day culminated with a lovely banquet dinner honoring our sponsors and golfers for their longstanding support. Keynote speaker, Rosalinda Mendiola, the Center’s Adaptive Service Specialist for nearly 30 years, addressed the audience, outlining BCC’s programs and expressing her gratitude on behalf of the students and families we serve.