Over 70 golfers enjoyed an afternoon on the greens during the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Support Group's 25th Annual Golf Classic Monday at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.
The afternoon was perfect, according to Lisa Dutton the support group's president.
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Support Group assists programs like the Explorer Scouts, civilian volunteers, reserves neighborhood watch, Arson Watch and Montrose Search and Rescue as well as the day-to-day operations of the station. All funds raised stay at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
There were many members of the business community, sheriff personnel and community members that joined in the golf afternoon that began with a lunch of hamburger and hot dogs, followed by golf and a steak dinner.
“Public trust and public support” was how Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca described the group's effort and effect.
“Residents in Crescenta Valley and La Cañada really deserve the best law enforcement and the support [group] nourishes that,” Baca said.
He praised the efforts of the deputies and detectives and the station's strong leadership in working with the community.
“We are grateful to see so many people come out to support what [those at the] sheriff's station do for the community,” Dutton said.
Damon's Steak House catered the event as well as offered free massages for golfers before they took to the links.
As always, Bob Smith Toyota offered a free car for anyone who could achieve a hole-in- one at the first hole. This year the car offered was a new Toyota Scion. No one has made this very long shot in the past and Monday was no exception.
Pete Smith said the dealership has many request throughout the year for this type of give-away.
“A lot of golf tournaments [ask for it], especially in the summer,” Smith said.
He added that he doesn't hesitate when donating, especially when a fundraiser is in support of the community.
“To live in this community it is only natural to support the sheriff's station,” he said.
Due to the successful fund-raising efforts, the group was able to announce they could purchase a much-needed Toyota Tundra truck. The vehicle will be used primarily to tow the mobile command unit. The unit was also a purchase made possible through the support group.
This was the first time Captain David Silversparre had attended the support group's golf tournament. “I was very impressed with the way the support group worked together with businesses and the community, who were very generous with their donations,” Silversparre said.
Participants got a chance to win a number of raffle prizes that had been donated from local businesses.
“This was probably our most successful [tournament],” said Rick Dinger, organizer of the event. He added that much of the success could be attributed to the generous support of their sponsors from the community like Caltech, Citizen's Bank and community member Mike Sim.