Interest in Golf Tournament Hints at Improving Economy

Participation and some sponsorship opportunities are still open so invited interested parties to contact JaReda Webb.

Former baseball All-Stars, pro football Hall-of-Famers and beloved basketball superstars will be on the same team when the twelfth annual Hank & Moose Open tees off.

The popular golf tournament is scheduled for August 8, 2011, at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. It will feature 35 professional sports celebrities and about 175 credit union friends and supporters in a fundraiser benefitting Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Even in the midst of an economic downturn, celebrities are saying “yes” to the opportunity to participate, as are corporate sponsors and credit union supporters.

“I’m encouraged, especially in this year, with the level of support and sponsorships. It is really picking up,” said JaReda Webb, the tournament director.

Webb has coordinated the annual event since it was founded and marvels at how it continues to grow in terms of participation, sponsorship and charity fundraising. “The first year, we raised $160,000. We raised over $2.5 million over the years,” Webb remarked.

The Hank & Moose Open is among the most anticipated fundraisers in the Northwest credit union system. The event was created by First Tech Credit Union’s Tom Sargent, who retired as president in 2010 but continues to support the tournament. Benson Porter, who succeeded Sargent, will serve as tournament chairman and will be on the links for this year’s event.

“It’s always such a great day on the golf course,” said Association President Troy Stang. “You’re out there with industry colleagues and hanging out with legends from Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL. So much money is raised for a great cause.”

Retired Major League Baseball (MLB) players have always highlighted the Hank and Moose Open, but an added touch this year brings the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL) into the act.

The celebrity athlete list is impressive. MBL greats include: Eddie Fisher, known for his knuckleball pitching talent; Vern Law, a Cy Young Award winner; and Al Weis, who was a member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” team that won the World Series.

Northwest football fans won’t be disappointed by the turnout on the links. Hall of Famer David “The Intimidator” Wilcox and Stan Brock will play.

Admired former Portland Trailblazers Terry Porter and Bob Gross are also part of the constellation of superstars who have agreed to participate. Former play-by-play announcer Bill “The Shonz” Schonely, still the Trailblazers’ most popular ambassador, is also involved. 

Participation is still open to players, and some sponsorship opportunities could still be worked out, Webb noted, and invited interested parties to contact her.


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