Golf tournament to benefit Sunshine Acres Children's Home - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Golf tournament to benefit Sunshine Acres Children's Home

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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2:10 pm

The 14th annual Shootout for Sunshine, a golf event benefitting Mesa's Sunshine Acres Children's Home, will be hosted Friday by East Valley Charities and Longbow Business Park & Golf Club.

The event has raised about $750,000 over the last 13 years for the children's home. It will take place at Longbow Golf Club, located at 5601 E. Longbow Parkway, Mesa.

Sunshine Acres is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity organization that provides a caring, Christian home for 70 needy children. The Rev. James and Vera Dingman opened Sunshine Acres in 1954. Since then, more than 1,600 children have called it home. There, children ages 5 to 18, can establish positive, long-term relationships with stable parental figures.

The annual event has two start times: 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively. Lunch, catered by Texas Roadhouse, is provided to both morning and afternoon golfers between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The hole-in-one prize is a 2012 Ford Focus, sponsored by Berge Ford.

Following the golf tournament, a reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the club's outdoor patio, with dinner by The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix. The night includes music, silent and live auctions, and a raffle. Dinner and the auctions begin at 7 p.m.

Many opportunities are still available for sponsorships and participation.

Sponsorship packages range from $250 to $10,000. Individual golf entry is $175. A foursome can be purchased for $600. To obtain entry forms, and for more information about Shootout for Sunshine, call Tom Sitzman at (480) 926-0352 or visit

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