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2004 Recap

We were blessed with beautiful weather for the 14th annual MSCA Golf Tournament held on June 21st. This year was our best tournament to date with 280 real estate professionals enjoying a day of golf and networking with other MSCA members and their clients to raise funds for a great cause. The Caring Tree, founded by MSCA in 1993, promotes educational success for Minnesota’s K-12 students in need by ensuring that they have the appropriate school supplies.

The Golf and Community Enhancement Committees put a lot of time and effort into preparations for the event and auction items. In addition, many volunteers offered their time to help make the event a success. Park Midwest Commercial Real Estate sponsored the boxed lunches in the circle drive, Messerli and Kramer sponsored the lunch beverages. 66 companies sponsored holes, 14 of which hosted raffle drawings, or handed out beverages, food or goodie bags to passing golfers.   

Play was swift on the course and golfers returned for door prizes, social hour and silent auction around 5:30. During the dinner, David Stradtman, 2004 Caring Tree President thanked the crowd for their ongoing support for The Caring Tree. Mike Sims returned for his third year as live auctioneer and entertained the crowd while describing auction items and soliciting many generous offers from good-humored bidders. 

The Key Raffle was successful this year, raising $1500 for a chance to win two roundtrip tickets on Sun Country Airlines and a one-week stay at a condo at The Mountainside at SilverCreek in Colorado, donated by Kraus-Anderson Companies, Sun Country Airlines and The Wall Companies. Martha Capps was the lucky winner who purchased the key that opened up the prize box. 

All together, the putting contest, key raffle, silent auction and live auction and hole sponsor raffles, as well as generous donations from the event and skins winners raised a record total of $15,000 for The Caring Tree, outshining last year’s total of $10,000.

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!