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2007 Recap


We started off with a rainy start, but it turned into a beautiful, sunny day for the 16th Annual Golf Tournament held on June 18th. This year was out best tournament to date with 288 people golfing 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 and Messerli & Kramer sponsored the lunch beverages. 67 companies sponsored holes, 31 of which hosted raffle drawings or handed out beverages, food or goodie bags to passing golfers.

The Grand Prizes were successful this year raising $7,380 for a chance to win one of the three grand prizes: a one-week stay at a Florida vacation home donated by RJ Marco Construction Inc., a bottle of Dom Perignon donated by Architectural Consortium LLC and a Nike Ignite putter donated by the Wilds Golf Club. The lucky winners: Kristi Rankin won the week stay in Florida, Tom Roberts won the bottle of Dom Perignon and Jill Ehrhart won the putter. Mike Sims, 2007 Caring Tree President, thanked the crowd for their ongoing support for The Caring Tree and provided us with the exciting announcement that if we raised $5,000 in the silent auction, there were 5 companies/people that would each match the $5,000, generating an additional $25,000 to our final silent auction proceeds! We did exceed the $5,000, therefore, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the following matching donors: Whitney Peyton, Doran Companies, Reliance Development Company, Ryan Companies and Weis Builders, Inc.

All together, the putting contest, grand prize keys, silent auction, silent auction company/people matches, online auction and hole sponsor raffles raised a total of over $53,000 for The Caring Tree! With The Caring Tree’s partnerships assisting to leverage financial donations, these proceeds can help to send nearly 3,000 Minnesota children back-to-school with new school supplies!

Everyone who took part in this event should be proud to know that they 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!