32nd annual CIRI Golf Classic a big hit

JSI_7257The 32nd annual CIRI Golf Classic saw another successful year — and another round of gorgeous weather — on August 7, when 144 participants gathered to play golf and raise funds for local charities.

This year, thanks to participants and generous corporate sponsors, the Golf Classic raised more than $100,000 for youth and education organizations.

“The Golf Classic is such a fun way to support local organizations, and I’m grateful for the great team who works hard every year to put this event together,” said Sophie Minich, CIRI president and CEO. “The contributions of other businesses, the volunteers and those who come out to enjoy a game of golf all combined this year for a truly successful and enjoyable day.”

Every year since 1983, participants anticipate CIRI’s popular Golf Classic, which raises money for local charities. In its early days, proceeds from the event supported The CIRI Foundation, which awards scholarships and grants to original CIRI shareholders and their direct lineal descendants. When the foundation reached its endowment goal, the focus of the tournament expanded to benefit other programs that focus on youth and education throughout the Cook Inlet region.

JSI_7276Funds raised this year supported three local organizations. Best Beginnings prepares Alaskan children to succeed in school by promoting early learning, access to childcare and investment in family literacy and education. Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Alaska provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives. MyHouse, located in Wasilla, offers safe shelter for homeless youth, with the goal of connecting kids to a network of caring individuals and agencies.

Want to hear more about the important work carried out by the organizations supported by the CIRI Golf Classic? Stayed tuned for the next episode of CIRI’s new podcast, CIRIosity (ciri.com/ciriosity), which looks at how a game of golf can make a difference in the lives of Alaska’s youth.