Golf tourney raises over $10K for Financial Assistance Program

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings hosted their third annual golf tournament and dinner at Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles on Monday, and the event proved to be a resounding success on a number of levels.

The efforts of the fundraiser, which was orchestrated by Jeff Brockman, the PGA professional at Mountain Gate, raised over $10,000 for the Jr. Kings’ Financial Assistance Program - $1,000 of which was donated to the Twin Peaks Breast Cancer Foundation.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response we received from both the participating golfers and our generous donors and sponsors,” said Jr. Kings executive director Kelly Sorensen, who also praised the efforts of the tournament’s volunteer staff, led by Renee Vachon.

“To garner so much support from the local hockey community and beyond means so much to our club as it relates to keeping the game affordable for our membership.”

The tournament’s signature donors included the Los Angeles Kings and American Skating Entertainment Centers - Hall of Fame sponsors who generously committed $5,000 each to the fundraiser.

Among the 72 golfers in attendance were former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall, who helped architect the trade that brought Wayne Gretzky to L.A., and Rogie Vachon, the former Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender who also played for the Kings. Jay Flats, the Kings’ in-arena host, also hit the links and emceed the evening awards program.

A silent auction, which was conducted during the tournament and dinner and included plenty of sports and entertainment memorabilia, helped add to the charitable spirit of the event.

“This tournament just keeps getting bigger and better every year, and we’re excited to build on it next summer,” said Sorensen. “We’re lucky to have so many selfless people on our side who help make initiatives like this so successful and our club so special.”