Golfers at Costa Mesa Public Golf Course are chipping in with the
green, not just on the green.
More than 100 golfers attended the first day of the Costa Mesa
Men's Club's 33rd-annual Toys "Fore" Fairview golf tournament
Saturday. Their goal was to raise money to save the Fairview
Developmental Center, one of five state-run care facilities that
houses people with developmental disabilities. The center is
next-door to the golf course.
The tournament has already raised $6,500, but tournament
co-director Jill Dincecco said the total amount raised through today
-- the event's last day -- will most likely fall short of the $12,000
raised last year.
The state has reduced the number of the center's residents several
times, even threatening to shut the facility down to make room for
more profitable housing complexes, Dincecco said. The money the
tournament raises each year helps the center provide programs, such
as music, that aren't funded at the state level, she said.
Bob Zedick, a Yorba Linda resident and Men's Club board member,
has a daughter who lives at Fairview. Most of the residents are
adults who need clothes and educational programs more than they need
toys, he said.
"These are people who need care 24 hours a day and who couldn't
function without it," Zedick said. "It's not easy to have a family
member put there, but sometimes there's not a lot of choice. That's
why it's important that we help them."
The purpose of the golf tournament, he said, is to bring the
center's financial struggles to the community's attention for the
sake of its residents, some who live with genetic disorders such as
"Everybody here has got a good heart," Zedick said. "I don't hold
anyone responsible for what's going on there. Awareness is as good as
Oddly enough, there weren't any toys involved in the Toys "Fore"
Fairview tournament, Dincecco said.
"We were going to name it Friends 'Fore' Fairview, but the 'toys'
name stuck and no one wants to change it," she said.
Costa Mesa Public Golf Course charged $70 for Saturday's round on
the Mesa Linda course and will charge $75 for Sunday's round on the
Los Lagos course. Modest cash prizes are given away to the top
golfers , Dincecco said.
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