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On course for good cause

Richard Crandall says there’s no doubt that funding not-for-profit charities continues to get tougher – especially for what he calls “the little guys.”

That’s why Sierra Services for the Blind – of which Crandall serves as executive director – turned to the fairways this week, offering area residents a good cause for which to get out of the office and out onto the course.

The inaugural Gold Country Classic Golf Tournament, held at DarkHorse Golf Club, reeled in 91 golfers and $8,668 for Sierra Services for the Blind – thanks to donors large and small participating in the event.

“As an agency, we’re 97 percent self-funded, so this is really going to help our bottom line for the end of the year,” Crandall said. “There’s a saying out there, though, about events like these: They’re more friend-raising than fund-raising.”

Not only was the 18-hole scramble play – which ended in a tie for first between Teams Findeisen an Jensen (each carding 14-under-par rounds) – an attraction, but also the banquet dinner, hosted by Mitch Juricich of the Bay Area TV and radio shows “Hooked on Golf.”

“Mitch was great. He really made this event stand out from others,” Crandall said. “He was hilarious at the banquet. I think he had everybody laughing so hard that they didn’t hear their (raffle) numbers called most of the time.”

Also on hand for the event were eight golfers with eyesight impairments, for whom the fund-raiser benefits, including Carroll Bravo, who won the award for the longest putt made on the day.

“This is the biggest fund-raiser we’ve had in years,” Crandall said. “I have to thank Sue Bergesen for all the work she did. She was the volunteer who put this whole thing together.

“We absolutely plan on doing it again next year.”

Along with the golf tournament, Sierra Services for the Blind will also host an Abalone dinner on Aug. 21 and a swing dance in late January.

For more information on Sierra Services for the Blind, please call 265-2121.

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