Players tee up during 'Shot-at-a-Million' golf classic

Hard to believe but the month of May just slipped by us almost without notice. June is here, and the kids are almost out of school. Vacation plans are about to commence as La Cañada families scatter hither and yon for their summer rituals.

Well, I will be right here at my post. I have absolutely no vacation plans at all — I like to take pot luck and just see what happens. I'll keep you posted, of course.


The course was tournament ready, the weather perfect — not too hot and not too cold — what more could 120 golfers want for the Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services “Shot-at-a-Million” Golf Classic held on the Jack-Nicklaus designed Angeles National Golf Course in Sunland?

The $175,000 raised that day will help fund educational and therapeutic treatment programs for the youngsters served by Hathaway-Sycamores, one of the largest providers of children’s mental-health services in L.A. County.

Co-chairs of the event were Mark Jewell and Brad Freer. Adding spice and humor to the tourney as emcee was Commander Chuck Street, KISS-FM traffic reporter.

Ten golfers qualified to take a swing at a hole-in-one and instantly become a millionaire, but alas, no one made the 165-yard shot. They had great fun trying, however.

Even though the golfers were the stars of the links, the real stars of the day were two standout high school seniors — Emily Cardinas and Connor Dorothy — who were awarded full-ride scholarships to colleges of their choice.

This fall, Cardinas will be attending Tulane University and Dorothy will begin his freshman year at M.I.T. Both students credit their college preparation to the years of after-school tutoring they received at Hathaway-Sycamores’ Highland Park Family Resource Center. The Hathaway-Sycamores’ board of directors then presented them with additional college scholarships of $2,500 each.

Cardinas and Dorothy were introduced at the 19th hole party held at the end of the day of golf. They both spoke about their Hathaway-Sycamores experiences and their excitement about entering such prestigious colleges.

In all, more that 250 people took part in this year’s golf event. The after party is always fun and attracts a large crowd who come to sip beverages, partake of tasty tidbits, bid on raffle prizes and chat about the day. Three lucky guests that evening won trips for two to Costa Rica, Maui and New York.

Also welcoming guests to the party were Rob Myers, executive vice president of Hathaway-Sycamores and Bill Martone, president and CEO.

Martone thanked everyone in attendance and applauded their generous support of Hathaway-Sycamores. “As a result of the money you have raised, the children we serve can look forward to much brighter futures,” Martone said.

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