The 2019 “Kids-n-Need” golf tournament held in April at Castlewood Country Club raised $75,000 for four East Bay charities, including Down’s Syndrome of the Bay Area ($20,000); Reach-Pleasanton ($20,000); Open Heart Kitchen ($20,000); and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital-Oakland Residents’ Pharmacy Program ($15,000). Proceeds were raised through tournament registration fees, sponsorships, silent/live auction, donations and matching grants.
The Kids-n-Need golf tournament is managed by the “Castlewood Country Club Corner Crew,” a group of Castlewood Country Club members. Over the last seven years, Kids-n-Need has donated more than $314,500 to East Bay charities in support of the kids and East Bay youth programs. The 2018 tournament raised $62,500. The 2019 Kids-n-Need fundraising committee included Larry Crawford, Rick Hammel, Dave Celli, Kawa Najim, Jom Issac, Mike Ranahan, M.D., Dan Smith, Jed Jelincic, Manny Moncada and Nicole Murray.
“Now in our seventh year, this tournament continues to grow and provide direct assistance to kids and their families who have sudden unexpected medical costs, who have burdensome on-going medical expenses for maintenance care or who need rehabilitative services,” said Rick Hammel of Kids-n-Need. “Our goal for the 2020 Tournament will be to raise north of $90,000.”
The golf outing was played April 29th on Castlewood’s William P. Bell-designed Hill Course and included a field of 128 golfers.
“The Kids-n-Need tournament is one of the larger charity tournaments we host at Castlewood,” said John Vest, general manager, Castlewood Country Club. “It’s exciting to see the tournament raise so much for so many worthy charities. We’re proud to host an event that helps make a difference in our community.”