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2003 Recap


The 13th annual MSCA Golf Tournament held on June 16th at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake was our most successful event to date! The tournament is a great way to enjoy a round of golf while networking with MSCA members and their clients and raising funds for the Caring Tree Foundation. The Caring Tree project, founded by MSCA in 1993, provides underprivileged children in Minnesota with much needed back-to-school supplies.

The weather was beautiful and sunny (as requested) throughout the day. Volunteers began arriving at 9:30 a.m. to help set up the registration and auction items. Park Midwest Commercial Real Estate sponsored the boxed lunches in the circle drive and 56 companies sponsored holes, eight of which handed out beverages or goodie bags to passing golfers. The Avalon Group offered snowcones again and beach balls on the Platinum course. Bruce Ackerman of Minnesota Roadways generously offered a free golf clinic at the driving range for those golfers who needed a brief refresher golf lesson. In all, 242 golfers participated in the tournament over both the gold and the platinum courses. 

The presentation, featuring photos from the day, confirmed that the weather and the camaraderie were outstanding. Mike Sims returned this year to rock the house as the live auctioneer while everyone feasted on the dinner buffet. Sims entertained the crowd while describing auction items and soliciting many generous offers from good-humored bidders.

Replacing the fistful of raffle tickets this year was the Key Raffle for a chance to win 4 roundtrip tickets on Sun Country Airlines and a one-week stay at a condo at The Mountainside at SilverCreek in Colorado. This fabulous prize package was donated by Sun Country Airlines, Kraus-Anderson Companies and The Wall Companies. Greg Hayes of Kraus-Anderson Companies purchased the key that opened up the prize box. 

Outshining last year's event, the putting contest, key raffle, silent auction and live auction, as well as generous donations from the skins winners raised a record total of $10,000 for The Caring Tree. Everyone who took part in this event should be proud to know that their generosity benefited a worthy cause – we all look forward to next year's event being even more successful.

A special thank you goes out to all the committee members and volunteers who gave their time and expertise in making this great event possible. A job well done!