SACRAMENTO — Waste Connections Inc. sponsored and helped fundraise $145,000 during Sierra Forever Families’ seventh annual Golf Classic for Kids tournament at Serrano Country Club on Sept. 12.
The funds raised during this year’s tournament will help more than 20 children living in foster care find permanent placements with loving families. This success of the 2011 tournament would not be as significant without the support of Ron Mittelstaedt, chairman and chief executive officer, along with Jerri Hunt, vice president of Employee Relations, of Waste Connection Inc.
Hunt, who retired from the Board of Directors of Sierra Forever Families in July, served as the four-time chair of the Golf Classic Committee. Hunt’s passion for the cause and her enthusiastic leadership of the committee proved to be an integral part to the success and continuation of the tournament. For the past four years, Mittelstaedt and Hunt have donated their time and have worked with national vendors and global business associates to help prepare and sponsor the agency’s signature fundraising event.
Some of these sponsors include but are not limited to the following: Evergreen Flexible Bonding Solution, Littler Mendelson, Blue Shield of California, Pacific Coast Companies Inc., RecycleBank, the SureWest Foundation and Vision Service Plan.
During their four-year involvement with the tournament and enduring support of the agency’s mission, Waste Connections helped Sierra Forever Families raise more than $550,000, transforming the lives of more than 110 children living in local foster care.
At this year’s tournament closing ceremony, hosted by local personality Kelly Brothers, Hunt was recognized for her leadership with an excellence in service award and stated in her acceptance speech that helping children through this tournament has been “the most important project of my life.”
One of the most touching recognition pieces Hunt received during the closing ceremonies were two homemade thank you cards from two sisters who directly benefitted from the efforts and commitment of Waste Connections.
Bob Herne, executive director of Sierra Forever Families, acknowledges Waste Connections for its four-year commitment. In four years Hunt, with the support her company and affiliates, has transformed a tournament that was heavily impacted by an ailing economy.
“Her tireless efforts and passion to help children find the loving homes they deserve has successfully positioned Sierra’s Golf Classic as a tournament that is now regionally-known as one of Sacramento’s best,” said Herne.
“Waste Connections Inc. has generously benefitted local Sacramento charities for many years,” he continued. “With the support from Waste Connections, Sierra Forever Families has been able to transform the lives of hundreds of children living in foster care, which has not only impacted their lives, but the lives of their forever families, leading to increased opportunities of hope and positive outcomes for our children.”
Sierra Forever Families is committed to hosting the eighth annual Golf Classic for Kids tournament tentatively set for September 2012. For more information, or if you would like to be a sponsor for the tournament, contact Bobby Cobbs, Development and Public Relations officer, at (916) 368-5114.