Buy a Day of Hope to help local non-profits

By From page A1 | July 12, 2017

The El Dorado Hills Endowment is hosting the 14th annual Buy a Day of Hope golf tournament on Aug. 14 at a new venue — the Serrano Golf Course & Country Club.

The El Dorado Hills Endowment is a fund managed by the El Dorado Community Foundation. By working in collaboration with local businesses, nonprofits, churches and individuals, the Endowment Cabinet, comprised of philanthropic El Dorado Hills residents, helps decide which projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of El Dorado Hills are awarded grants.

Non-profits that have applied for and been beneficiaries of the EDH Endowment Fund in the past include 3 Strands Global, Hands 4 Hope, The Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and Canine Companions for Independence.

The golf tournament is the EDH Endowment’s sole fundraiser of the year. Cabinet Chair Shelbi Bennett, whose family created the Buy a Day of Hope golf tournament, said the event usually raises approximately $30,000, which is then distributed via grants.

“Originally the proceeds went to women and children in Sacramento shelters. The name of the tournament came from the idea that for every golfer who registers, that’s another day a woman or a child may spend in a shelter,” Bennett explained.

A former Rescue Union School District teacher and 22-year resident of El Dorado Hills, Bennett left teaching to raise her two sons, but said kids have always remained “where my heart is,” adding that her own children were the reason she and husband Lee Bennett shifted their philanthropic efforts to their own community.

“My son said, ‘Let’s help El Dorado County since that’s where we live,’” Bennett recalled. “So four years ago we shifted the focus from Sacramento to our home. The EDH Endowment is here to help, to lift up the residents of El Dorado County.”

Traditionally held at Empire Ranch Golf Course, Bennett said with the event switching to Serrano she hopes to see more El Dorado Hills golfers and sponsors take part. The tournament begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with dinner and awards that evening. Local non-profits will be on hand to share about their organizations at information booths.

“The EDH Endowment works to increase awareness of the needs of El Dorado Hills and inspire generosity to strengthen our community,” said cabinet member Andrea Howard. “The endowment also provides annual funding to non-profit organizations and offers El Dorado Hills residents a vehicle for charitable giving.”

After funds are raised via the golf tournament, the non-profit grant application process will take place this fall and beneficiaries will be announced at the end of the year.

Bennett called the EDH Endowment an “umbrella” foundation. “We help any non-profit; that might be another foundation even,” she explained. “There are no parameters to who we help.”

The EDH Endowment is seeking sponsors and golfers to play the Serrano course. There are tiered sponsor opportunities and golfer registration includes a golf cart, boxed lunch, complimentary on-course beverages, course games and dinner.

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Julie Samrick


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