CIRI Golf Classic rewards community programs

CIRI Board Members Doug Fifer, Michael Boling and Erik Frostad and CITC President Gloria O'Neill prepare to tee off.
CIRI Board Members Doug Fifer, Michael Boling and Erik Frostad and CITC President Gloria O’Neill prepare to tee off.

When volunteers arrived at Moose Run Golf Course early in the morning of Aug. 2 to begin setting up for the 30th Annual CIRI Golf Classic, they were greeted by an unwelcome surprise – rain. Not just a light drizzle, more like a pelting downpour. However, the concern evaporated when the rain dissipated and the clouds parted in time for the 7:00 a.m. tee time.

The event, which drew close to 150 participants and generous corporate sponsors, once again succeeded not only in making for an enjoyable day for the golfers, but more importantly, raising more than $100,000 for important charities in the Cook Inlet region.
“Organizationally it’s a big effort on behalf of CIRI employees and volunteers to pull off this tournament,” said Sophie Minich, president and CEO of CIRI. “The team did a great job and, as always, I’m grateful for the wonderful support we received from our friends and businesses in the community.”
This year, the CIRI Golf Classic supported three programs with proceeds from the tournament – Covenant House Alaska, Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s ARISE program for early education and the new Alaska Native Executive Leadership program at Alaska Pacific University.
“The support we receive from CIRI is critical in helping Covenant House deliver the important services we provide to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in our community,” said Alison Kear, executive director of Covenant House Alaska. “To CIRI and all of the corporate sponsors – a heartfelt thank you from all of us here at Covenant House!”
The CIRI Golf Classic began 30 years ago as an event to raise money for The CIRI Foundation to provide scholarships to CIRI shareholders and lineal descendants. Since its inception, the golf classic has helped dozens of charities throughout the Cook Inlet region.
Major Sponsors $10,000
NordAq Energy
Weidner Apartment Homes

Gold Sponsors $5,000 – $7,500

Alaska Airlines
Alaska Communications Systems
Apache Alaska Corp.
Doyon Ltd.
Marsh and McLennan
Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc.
North Wind Inc.
Northern Powerline Constructors
Pape Dawson Engineers
Siemens Building Technologies
Tetratech Construction

Silver Sponsors $4,999 – $2,000

Alaska Interstate Construction LLC
Alaska Permanent Capital
Management Co.
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
Browman Development Co.
Chris Arend Photography
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.
Cook Inlet Energy LLC
Dorsey and Whitney LLP
Gunderson Dettmer
Hilcorp Alaska LLC
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, Austin, Texas
Jerry Mackie and Associates
Klondike Advertising Inc./Inlet Petroleum/Chevron
Munger, Tolles & Olson
Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc.
Peak Oilfield Services Co.
Perkins Coie LLP
Petrotechnical Resources Alaska
RIM Architects
Southcentral Foundation
Summit Power Group LLC
Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors, $1,999 – $1,000

Anchorage Chrysler Dodge
Caffé D’Arté
Calista Corporation
Construction Machinery
Industrial LLC
Cruz Energy
Cruz Marine
Dell Computers
Denny Miller Associates
Eklutna, Inc.
Hybridge Solutions, Inc.
McGuire Co.

Contributions up to $999

10th & M Seafoods
Alaska A/V
Allure Day Spa
CIRI Alaska Tourism Company
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Full Swing Golf
Green Connection
Hyper Bean Espresso
Kenai Fjords Tours
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge
Koahnic Broadcast Corp.
Marx Brothers Restaurant
Moose Run Golf Course
MSI Communications
Over the Top Tents
Stoel Rives
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge