While golf pros compete for a trophy in the U.S. Open Golf Championship, local golfers will compete to raise money to support the more than 50 programs and services of Jewish Family Service during the Ruby Schulman Memorial Golf Tournament at the on Thursday.
The tournament will feature lunch, dinner, drinks, golf contests, an opportunity drawing and a silent auction.
“This is a wonderful way for people to come together and have a good time while supporting a worthwhile cause,” said Laura Magid, the tournament coordinator and director of Emerging Leaders at Jewish Family Service.
From a preschool program to senior centers, Jewish Family Service of San Diego offers a variety of programs and services that serve 30,000 people a year, Magid said.
“We literally are involved in everything. Wherever there’s a need, we’re out there trying to solve it,” Magid said. “JFS really is out there in the community, and we’re a non-sectarian agency. We help you if you need help.”
This is the second annual fundraiser, which is hosted by Emerging Leaders at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, a program for young Jewish professionals that supports the nonprofit’s programs and services.
Last year, about 100 golfers participated in the tournament, which took place at Rancho Bernardo Inn. The event raised more than $40,000. This year, organizers are hoping to raise $60,000. About 120 golfers have signed up so far.
“Maderas is one of the premier golf courses in San Diego County,” said Golf Tournament Co-Chair Mathew Fink. “We wanted to have it at a nice course that people would want to play at.”
Golf Tournament Co-Chair Bret Scher explained that the tournament is a scramble format.
“It’s good for golfers of all ability and skill, and anybody who wants to play is welcome to,” Scher said.
Scher encouraged non-golfers to also come and watch the tournament and stay for the awards dinner. Golfers will receive various awards, such as longest drive and lowest score during the ceremony. Awards dinner tickets cost $80.
Event attendees can also participate in the opportunity drawing and silent auction. Some of the highest-valued auction items include a training session with Chargers offensive lineman Brandyn Dombrowski and a one-week vacation at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad.
“It’s for a great cause, and it’s going to be a very fun and enjoyable day at a beautiful location,” Scher said. “There are lots of different ways to get involved and to donate and help out causes. My opinion is you might as well have fun while you’re doing it. This is a great way to combine fun and philanthropy together.”
The Ruby Schulman Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday at the Maderas Golf Club, located at 17750 Old Coach Road.
For more information about the golf tournament and to view the list of auction items, visit www.jfssd.org.