New Leaf Golf Tournament Raises $6.7K for Homeless

140 people from over 28 companies participated in New Leaf Community Markets' “Taste at the Tee” Golf tournament which took place July 16 at the Pajaro Valley Golf Course in Royal Oaks.

No one went hungry at the “Taste at the Tee” golf tournament organized by which raised $6,700 for the Homeless Garden Project. At every tee there were tasty tidbits to eat and beverages to sample that were donated by several dozen companies. 140 people from over 28 companies participated in the tournament which took place on Monday, July 16 at the Pajaro Valley Golf Course in Royal Oaks.

“We are so grateful to New Leaf Community Markets for their ongoing support of our work. As a local business supporter, New Leaf really stands out,” said Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director of the Homeless Garden Project. “Taste at the Tee provided not only crucial financial backing for our programs, but an opportunity to partner with organic vendors and employers to support transitional jobs for people who are homeless.  That support and belief in our mission from employers is important to our participants as they complete our program and seek a stable place in the workforce,” she added.

“Everybody had a good time, and regardless of how you played, it was a big score for the Homeless Garden Project and the important work they do,” said Scott Roseman, co-owner of New Leaf Community Markets.

About The Homeless Garden Project
The Homeless Garden Project provides job training and transitional employment to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The programs offer trainees an opportunity to rebuild and develop basic life skills, job skills and find meaningful, productive lives in the community. The Homeless Garden Project also provides volunteer and education opportunities on the three-acre organic farm and in related enterprises. In 2011, more than 1100 people volunteered with the Homeless Garden Project, learning sustainable agriculture techniques, cooking healthy lunches using HGP’s organic produce, staffing the Holiday Store and much more. www.homelessgardenproject.org

Patti Bond is a Santa Cruz marketing consultant, copywriter, and publicist. She is the publicist for New Leaf Community Markets.

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Jane September 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
This is wonderful. It seems like all we read about is "kicking out the homeless," and what a nuisance they are. It's sad that society lacks compassion for these people, many of which suffer from mental illness. Way to go, New Leaf!!!
Patti Bond September 01, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I agree with you about the need for compassion and programs to help people who may be our neighbors on hard times, as well as those who are mentally ill.


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