Sunnyvale Rotary is preparing for its annual golf tournament benefiting local schools and nonprofits.
This year’s golf tournament will be held on April 18 at The Golf Club at Moffett Field in Mountain View. The cost is $150 per player and includes a round of golf, cart, range balls and lunch and dinner. Non-golfing guests can buy dinner-only tickets for $40.
The proceeds from the annual event go to several nonprofits in Sunnyvale including Sunnyvale Community Services, Sunnyvale Family Shelter and literacy programs at Sunnyvale schools.
“Sunnyvale Rotary Club has a long-standing relationship with the Sunnyvale schools, and it is one of our most important partnerships,” said Sunnyvale Rotary Club President Barry Vickrey. “Literacy is one of Rotary International’s seven areas of focus, so we promote literacy both locally and around the world. Personally, it’s great fun and very rewarding to read a book to kindergarteners and first-graders and then give each of them a copy of the book to take home and read themselves. We did that before the pandemic, and we hope to do so again soon.”
Sunnyvale Rotary makes sure to buy local when it purchases books for the schools. It typically buys 600 books a year from Leigh’s Books in Downtown Sunnyvale and donates the books to kids in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Vickrey says Rotary Club members love reading the books to kids and talking to them afterward. It’s a program that started with Rotary purchasing 24 books for a single classroom and it has grown from there.
Sunnyvale’s Rotary has teamed with Rotary District 5170 to make this year’s golf tournament happen. Participants have an opportunity to win prizes and take part in contests such as longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and sink-the-putt.
There is also a pink ball contest with proceeds going to benefit breast cancer programs.