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Golfers Make a Difference for Education
Inglewood Students to Benefit from Golf Tournament Fundraiser

The Inglewood Educational Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Golf Tournament at the Chester L. Washington Golf Course on Friday, October 21, 2005. Over 140 golfers played 18 holes of “Shotgun” style golf in support of the non-profit organization’s goals to provide college scholarships and finance educational programs benefiting students and teachers in the Inglewood Unified School District.

Support for the Inglewood Educational Foundation by businesses, professional organizations, community members, and school district staff has been overwhelming. Over $10,000 was raised through this year’s Golf Tournament fundraiser, and donations continue to roll in. Continued community support is expected to make 2005 the most successful fundraising year yet.

Last year, the Foundation was able to offer $30,000 in college scholarships to the Class of 2005 scholarship applicants from City Honors High School, Inglewood High School, Morningside High School, Hillcrest High School, and the Inglewood Community Adult School. The Foundation also awarded $24,000 in mini-grants to IUSD teachers to use for creative classroom programs, supplies, and field trips. Funds raised through the 5th Annual Golf Tournament will be used to sponsor both programs again this year.

Top sponsors of this year’s tournament included Anna’s Linens, Leonard Fuller/Capital Research, Airport Marina Honda, Dougherty and Dougherty, CMTS, Maurice Wiley, Armstrong Printing Company, Norman Lewis Limousine Service, Paul Pierce Security, Nike, Hollywood Park Racetrack, Mr. Ashley Grant, Oral B Laboratories, and John “Blue Moon” Odom. In addition to their support of the golf tournament, the Nike Corporation recently donated $49,000 to the Inglewood Educational Foundation to benefit students in the Inglewood Unified School District.

The Golf Tournament was a great success with professional golfers Al Duhon, Charlie Lee, and Frank Snow participating, in addition to other golf enthusiasts, IUSD graduates, business and political leaders, and parents. Celebrity guests included Ernie Andrews, renowned jazz and blues vocalist, H.B. Barnum, music producer and arranger, John “Blue Moon” Odom, Oakland A’s baseball, and Ed O’Bannon, father of two UCLA basketball players. Norman Lewis Limousine Service chauffeured Dr. Pamela Short-Powell, IUSD Superintendent, to the golf course, where Dr. Christine Hoffman, Superintendent of the Southern California Regional Occupation Center (SCROC), joined her. Dr. Hoffman won first place in the Ladies’ C-Flight.

Placing first in the tournament were Gusto Robinson (Men’s A-Flight), Tierra Manigault (Ladies’ A-Flight), Brian Ellison (Men’s B-Flight), Yvonne Payne (Ladies’ B-Flight), Elton Bailey (Men’s C-Flight), Christine Hoffman (Ladies’ C-Flight), and Al Hill (Men’s D-Flight). Loyman Batiste took first place in the putting contest, and Harold Hambridge and Beulah Stamps placed first for the longest drive. Closest to pin winners were Mel Jackson (pin #2), Mike Carter (pin #4), Ed O’Bannon (pin #10) and Jack Wilinski (pin #13). A brand new Honda Accord courtesy of Airport Marina Honda was sitting on the golf course as a prize for the first person to sink a hole-in-one on hole # 13. However, it ended up going back to the dealership at the end of the day. Better luck next year!

The golf tournament was followed by a luncheon and awards presentation in the Chester Washington banquet room where Dr. Pamela Short-Powell, Superintendent of Schools and Mr. Willie Crittendon, IUSD Board of Education, thanked the golfers and special guests for their support. John Grigsby, Member of the Inglewood Educational Foundation, Booker “The Original Longknocker” Moten, and Maurice Wiley coordinated the Golf Tournament.

With the overwhelming support from the Inglewood community, businesses, professional organizations, members of the Board of Education, and school district staff, the Inglewood Educational Foundation looks forward to being able to provide even more educational opportunities for students above and beyond the regular curriculum in years to come.

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for May 19, 2006. For more information about the Inglewood Educational Foundation, or to become a sponsor, contact Maurice Wiley at (310) 419-2705.

Page updated 11.27.06

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