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Golf tournament to help homebound neighbors

May 2nd, 2019 development
Golf tournament to help homebound neighbors

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The head of a nonprofit organization that empowers elderly and homebound people in Chandler and around the East Valley is determined to make this year’s golf fundraiser an even bigger success than usual.

Ann Marie McArthur, CEO of About Care, said the 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament coming up May 11 is in honor of the late Terry Johnson, the beloved chairman of the event and member of the board of directors for the nonprofit.

Johnson died unexpectedly on April 12 after running the golf tournament, a fundraiser for About Care, for the last 10 years.

“Every Tuesday Terry would come into our office just for coffee, just to be with our staff,” McArthur said. “I’m determined to make this the best golf tournament because we’re dedicating it to him.

“We are just heartbroken. He was just such a good guy. You don’t run into people like that very often, such a giving soul. He was part of our family.”

Tee-off is at 7:30 a.m. for the golf tournament at Superstition Springs Golf Club at 6542 E. Baseline Road. Registration and breakfast will take place at 7 a.m. and a lunch will be held about noon. Golfers are eligible to win raffle prices and may bid on silent and live auction items.

The live auction, which will be held about 1 p.m., will give guests a chance to bid on trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Sedona and a Diamondbacks game suite.

The silent auction, which will start right after the golf tournament ends, will provide people with chances to bid on gift baskets, certificates to stores, Diamondbacks tickets, a Phoenix Mercury suite and other items.

About Care’s mission is to empower independent living and help meet the basic needs including trips to grocery stores and to doctors’ appointments and pharmacies, to people who are elderly and physically challenged homebound residents in Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek.

Most of the clients and volunteers are based in Chandler.

“The main thing we do is transportation,” McArthur said. “A lot of people move out here, their spouse dies. We get (them) to medical appointments. That trip can turn into pick up prescriptions. One service request could end up being a three to four-hour trip. It’s all volunteer-driven. Volunteers pick and choose what they want to do.”

About Care volunteers also provide respite care – giving primary, full-time caregivers a break, as well as making phone calls to check on residents’ well-being, make friendly visits and tutor people on using computers.

“It turns into something really special,” McArthur said.

Birdies will be sold on the course for $5 to help raise money for the nonprofit. Golfers will also have a chance to win an all-expense paid, two-year lease on a new car from Earnhardt Chevrolet on one of the holes.

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke is the honorary chairman for the golf tournament and will speak at the lunch. Tivity Health is the title sponsor for the event and Dignity Health, FirstBank and the Diamondbacks are also sponsors.

McArthur hopes to have 80 players at this year’s golf tournament.

“The more players we get, the more people get involved in our mission,” she said. “I buy a foursome every year and give it to our volunteers. It’s a really gorgeous course.”

Johnson was a retired PGA golf professional, who also ran a golf tournament for Mesa Police Department and one for Paloma Community Church in Mesa. His wife had passed away previously and he leaves behind children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The golf tournament costs $400 per foursome and $110 per individual golfer. People can come just for lunch for $25. About Care is always looking for donations and volunteers. Information: aboutcare.or

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