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2009 Recap


It was a beautiful day for the 18th Annual Golf Tournament held on June 15th. This year was a great turnout for golfing and networking with other MSCA members and their clients to raise funds for a great cause. In addition, we had an additional 75+ people come join us for dinner and the silent auction. 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 Committee puts 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. The Lawn Ranger, Inc. sponsored the boxed lunches and Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. sponsored the lunch beverages. 60 companies sponsored holes, 33 of which hosted raffle drawings or handed out beverages, food or goodie bags to passing golfers. H.J. Development, Inc. sponsored our Par-Tee Carts that allowed golfers to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win carts for their foursome stocked with beverages, ipods, cigars, etc. 

The silent auction was exciting this year with MSCA providing each attendee a silent auction bidding device to plug in their bids. This allowed all participants to bid while they networked and ate. Ronn Thomas of NorthMarq and Hans Rasmussen, 2009 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, Reliance Development Company would match the $5,000. Thanks to Tom Roberts of Stonewood Properties, and our additional bidders, we reached our goal of $5,000.

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 $30,500 for The Caring Tree! With The Caring Tree’s partnerships assisting to leverage financial donations, these proceeds can help to send over 1,500 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!