Sargent: Credit Unions for Kids Golf Tournament was Mickey Mantle’s Idea

It’s official — the Dave & Dan Classic golf tournament, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union and OnPoint Community Credit Union, raised a record $408,000 for sick children and medical research. The proceeds for Credit Unions for Kids will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Named for NFL Hall of Fame Inductees Dave Wilcox and Dan Fouts, the event drew a large group of credit union professionals and their business partners to Portland last week. In addition to spending time getting to know Wilcox and Fouts, the guests golfed with 26 other celebrities including fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott, Mel Renfro and Kellen Winslow.

The Dave & Dan Classic is one of the premiere events in the Credit Unions for Kids fundraising community. It originated 14 years ago as the Hank and Moose Open, and has raised more than $3 million since its inception.

Former First Tech President and CEO Tom Sargent is considered the patriarch of the event, and was a driving force in launching and driving the tournament for years. But he’s quick to point out, it wasn’t his idea.

“This tournament started off as Mickey Mantle’s idea,” said Sargent. “He asked me to host an event with Hank Bauer and Moose Skowron. They got involved and they brought their friends, and celebrities. They’ve both passed away in the past five years but Dan and Dave picked it up on their side and they’re doing a phenomenal job.”

Sargent attended last week’s Dave & Dan, and took a few minutes to share his thoughts in a video interview.

Since Sargent’s retirement four years ago, First Tech has continued to sponsor the tournament. OnPoint Community Credit Union was also a presenting sponsor this year.

The news release First Tech issued following the Dave & Dan Classic can be viewed online.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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