Trinity Classic 2020 Raises Hopes & Funds During Pandemic
The annual Trinity Classic Golf Tournament and Fundraiser presented by HUB International Insurance looked a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop golfers from getting outdoors, supporting a good cause and having a great time!
Our organization is fortunate to have an annual outdoor fundraising event and to have the support of our incredible network of sponsors, golfers and business partners. Even with social distancing, we managed to have a fantastic day and raised much needed funds for children in foster care, residential treatment and mental health programs.
Golf Committee Chair, Danny Keshishian, said, “I think people are excited to just get out and do something, especially something outside and for a good cause.”
The 2020 Trinity Classic was held at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga on September 28. Out of an abundance of caution, we limited registration to 80 golfers, a plastic divider was placed between seats on golf carts and all activities were held outside.
Tee times were staggered, as were putting contest times and registration. This reduced clustering of people during the event for their safety. During the tournament, volunteers conducted golf challenges to raise additional funds. In total, we had 21 volunteers contributing 122 hours to the event and we are so grateful to each and every one of them!
Mountain View Chevrolet provided our hole in one car and displayed several show cars at the country club. Starbucks donated coffee for registration and Party Affair contributed balloon decorations. On the golf course were tastings from Gumbo Girls, Sazerac, J&J BBQ and Fish, Citrus Grove Distillers and cigars provided by King Smokes and Vapes.
As the tournament came to an end, the In-N-Out food truck began to serve meals to golfers. Thank you so much to the In-N-Out Foundation for donating meals for all our guests! Additionally, dessert was provided by I Like Pie Bakeshop.
After everyone had their fill of burgers and pie, Amaro Helicopters flew by with our Golf Ball Drop entries and poured our bucket of 200 golf balls over a golf hole for a lucky winner to win $10,000! Tony Chiappetta, of AMC Solutions had the honor of pulling the ball and his wife Marissa, announced the winner from the scoreboard. Their kids Roman (9) and Rocco (10) got it from point A to point B quicker than a flash of light! The lucky ball was number 144, Laura Kassem, Trinity Youth Services’ Rancho Cucamonga Foster Care Office Director. Upon winning the prize, Laura donated $1,000 back to be spent on activities for the foster children.
Following the helicopter golf ball drop, CFA staff conducted the awards ceremony to a crowd scattered on the back lawn of the country club. HUB International Insurance, AMC Solutions, Image Source, and Sysco were recognized as our generous top sponsors and the CFA team was recognized for “outstanding achievements during a pandemic,” by CEO, Cher Ofstedahl.
Next were the tournament awards with Jeff Green as our Putting Contest winner, Brandon Danley was our Closest to the Pin Champion at 14 feet, Matt Lollis was our Men’s Longest Drive Champion, and Patricia Ontiveros was our Women’s Longest Drive Champion.
Our First Place tournament winners were Stan Gonzales, Willie Buchanon, Pete Shaw, and Mike Espejo with a score of 55. Second Place went to Kevin Mink, Jordan Craft, Matthew Ringel, and Chris Starling for their score of 58. And Third Place went to Jeff Green, Andrew Landeros, Jed Leano, and Ron Pasillas coming in close with a score of 59.
After the awards were presented we raffled off a few baskets, many of which, Trinity Youth Services Board Member, Judith Jarvis, won and generously donated back to Trinity’s staff for staff recognition.
A good time was had by all, and together, we raised approximately $120,000 for foster youth! Thank you to everyone who participated in our fundraising event and truly making a difference for children in need. We know this year has been challenging for everyone, which made us all the more grateful for the incredible turnout and outpouring of support during these times—especially when the youth need our help more than ever! We are already looking forward to putting together another unforgettable day on the golf course supporting children in need in 2021. We can’t wait to see you there!
Stay tuned for our first ever, Virtual Gala and Online Auction on December 3, 2020.
Special thank you to Duane Tkatch Photography.
Jenelle Phillips, Director of Development
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes event planning, volunteer coordination, community outreach, marketing and donor relations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and is very involved in the community. She is active in her church and owns an art gallery. Her volunteer contributions to the community have been recognized by Senator Portantino, Assemblymember Holden and the Claremont Village Marketing Group.
Trinity Classic 2020
The Children’s Foundation of America is pleased to announce the 2020 Trinity Classic Golf Tournament, presented by HUB International. The tournament will take place on Monday, September 28, at Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.
Join us for a day of purposeful play on the golf course! Enjoy lunch, tastings, on-course challenges, cocktail hour, awards reception and opportunity drawing. Guests also receive a swag bag with commemorative polo shirt, hat and more! Proceeds from the annual Trinity Classic, presented by HUB International, directly benefit children who have been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment and have been placed into foster care, adoption, mental health or residential programs.
There will be opportunities to win prizes such as electronics, gift packages and a car! The single player registration fee is $500 and foursomes are $2,000.
Golf Ball Drop – SOLD OUT!
Golfers and non-golfers alike will have an opportunity to participate by purchasing a numbered golf ball, which will be dropped from a helicopter on tournament day. The person whose ball lands in (or closest to) the hole will win $10,000!
Donate now to enter for a chance to win! 200 numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter at the annual Trinity Classic Golf Tournament & Fundraiser. Entries are $50 each. For multiple entries, donate in increments of $50. Only 200 entries available! Winner need not be present to win. Must be a U.S. citizen over the age of 18. Winner will be announced on September 28, 2020. Make sure to indicate your lucky numbers in priority order in the notes section of the form and we’ll do our best to match the numbered golf ball(s) to your name. Thank you to our sponsors AMC Solutions and Amaro Helicopters.
A limited number of tournament sponsorship opportunities are available. These sponsorships bring so much more than public recognition and advertising to the individuals and businesses who partner with us; tournament sponsors make a significant, positive difference in the lives of children who need it most. Click here for sponsorship information. Some sponsorships include tournament foursomes.
Be the Difference
Register by phone or make your payment by mail. Checks payable to Children’s Foundation of America to PO Box 1210, Claremont, CA 91711. For more information, call 909.426.0773 ext. 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please join us next year!
Thank you to our 2020 Trinity Classic sponsors!
Trinity Classic Golf Tournament 2019 Raises $130k for Foster Youth
On September 30, 120 golfers gathered for this year’s Trinity Classic Golf Tournament and Fundraiser presented by HUB International. The Children’s Foundation of America raised $130,000 at this year’s event thanks to teams including TNN, Image Source, Sysco, Kaiser Permanente, Sun Life Financial, AMC Solutions, Wells Fargo, VMA, PAASE, Integrity Tech, American Financial Inc., Enterprise, Engrave N’ Embroider Things, and Mountain View Chevrolet all participated in the tournament held at South Hills Country Club in West Covina, CA. Special guests included retired NFL and MLB players as well as radio personalities.
This year’s theme, “Mardi Golf,” really let the good times roll! Golfers started their day off right with the help of our food sponsors. Guests were provided a boxed lunch by The Quarter Creole Restaurant, which contained a Muffuletta sandwich, pasta salad, and the most delicious bread pudding. Additionally, In-N-Out provided their food truck serving up their classic burgers. Live music provided by Dennis G & the Zydeco Riderz set the ambiance for a New Orleans style lunch.
During the putting contest, we brought the bayou to us with an alligator head golf hole, which we turned into a trophy for the awards banquet.
TNN sponsored the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop with a chance for participates to win $100,000! Everyone gathered with anticipation as they waited for the golf ball drop. With much surprise, our retiring Chief Executive Officer, John Neiuber, was the lucky winner and donated half of his winnings back to the Foundation!
Noon was the shotgun start to the tournament. BackSwing Golf provided our golf challenge and Mountain View Chevrolet provided this year’s Hole-in-One Car, giving participates the opportunity to win a Chevy Blazer, although no-one achieved that feat this year. Our French Quarter Tastings throughout the golf course were provided by Vom Fass, Starbucks, Buca di Beppo, J&J Fresh Southern Style Soul food, Mommie Helen’s, Last Name Brewing, Gumbo Girls, Sazerac Co., Nothing Bundt Cake, Miya’s Sweets, and Lovo Cigars.
At the Halfway House, Citrus Grove Distillers served up Hurricanes in commemorative cups while Old School 104.7 spun classic jams. As the golfers completed the tournament, they made their way to the Club House for a scrumptious Cajun buffet including salad, blackened chicken, jambalaya, crab cakes, red beans and rice, collards greens with bacon, cornbread with butter and honey, bread pudding, coffee and tea. Our guest list increased to 200 at dinner and entertainment was provided by the Amanda Castro Band.
After dinner, Foundation Development Specialist, Jenelle Phillips thanked our sponsors particularly our presenting sponsor, HUB International. Executive Director, Cher Ofstedahl, presented our Shopping by Chance opportunity drawing and Claremont City Council Member, Jed Leano, conducted the live auction. We collected nearly $40,000 worth of prizes generously donated by our supporters. Prizes ranged from tickets to sports events, airfare, private yoga classes, tickets to amusement parks, museum passes, The Diamond Center Gift certificate, spirits tastings, gift cards and much more.
Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to win the title of Mardi Gras King or Queen, by contributing for the most raffle tickets. Trinity Youth Services board member Valerie Martinez was crowned our Mardi Gras Queen and, as her reward, she was given a crown, chalice, a box of pralines and a platter of beignets for her table to enjoy.
The banquet concluded in our tournament awards. VMA took third place, Image Source took second place, and HUB International won first place!
Whether a big winner or not, our guests supported the foundation in ways that will benefit children in foster care and residential programs at Trinity Youth Services. That certainly makes a winner in our hearts. We thank everyone for their contributions to this year’s Trinity Classic Golf Tournament and Fundraiser. It is an honor to be able to support children in need and we could not have done it without the special help of all our generous and thoughtful sponsors, volunteers, business partners, and individual supporters. Thank you for being the difference.
Thank you to our Shopping by Chance donors:
San Francisco Giants, Isabel Millward-Pena, Starbucks, Candlelight Pavillion, 805 Beer, Heritage Baking, Kenneth E. Shaw, Citrus Grove Distillers, Vom Fass, Buca Di Beppo, Darrel Thomas, Lestat Saenz, Mabel’s Gourmet Pralines, Ophelia’s Jump, Cher Ofstedahl, Gold Mountain Manor, Tintura Salon, Claremont Headstones Caskets Urns Flowers, John Neiuber, The Treatment Skin Boutique, Heirloom, Dr. Grubb’s, Paula Leal, Mary F. Perera, Aromatique Skin and Body Care, Trader Joe’s, Suzee’s Beez, Hendrick’s Pharmacy, The Grove Home, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Renee Futter, Claremont Museum of Art, Dog Haus, Touchstone Golf, Anitra Polk, The Diamond Center, Hope Reigns Foundation, Rowley Portraiture, Inland Empire 66ers, Pacific Market International Inc., Spirit Airlines, Bert and Rocky’s Cream Co., Lewis Family Playhouse, Jenelle Phillips, Autry Museum of the American West, I Like Pie, Feeling Groovy Wellness and Cafe, Adventure City, Skirball Cultural Center, Pier 39, Claremont Chefs Academy, Crumbs and Whiskers, Rubio’s Baja Grill – Carlsbad, Hyatt Place at Anaheim, Children’s Museum at La Habra, Glendora Country Club, Outhouse Custom FX, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Zoological Society, Bradford Renaissance Portraits, The Pasadena Playhouse, Market Broiler, Vicki Rensch, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Adventure Cat Sailing Charters, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Santa Anita Golf Course, City National Grove of Anaheim, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ Rancho Cucamonga, USS Midway Museum, Southwest Airlines, NickCo Hospitality Group, Los Angeles Sparks, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Living Coast Discovery Center, Santa Ana Zoo, Pacific Park, Aquarium of the Pacific, The Huntington Library, Legoland California, The Broad, and OUE-Skyspace.
Isabel contributes content for our social media, blog, newsletters and promotional materials. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University San Bernardino and is currently working on her master’s degree. Isabel began working with our team as an intern and, luckily for us, never left. Isabel primarily works as Clerical for Trinity Youth Services. Prior to her work there, she was a substitute instructional aid and a supervisor at Starbucks. She has also volunteered as an aid at local elementary schools and notably achieved “Partner of the Quarter” at Starbucks in 2017.
CFA’s Trinity Classic Raises $130,000 for Foster Youth
On October 1, over 110 golfers gathered for a day of purposeful play at South Hills Country Club in support of foster youth at Trinity Youth Services. HUB International once again presented the event and businesses like Image Source, Sysco, Kaiser Permanente, Sun Life Financial, and American Financial Network, sent teams to participate in the tournament.
This year’s theme was “Golftoberfest: The best, wurst golf tournament benefiting trauma-affected children.” The band Oompah Meisters dressed in their finest lederhosen and provided traditional German music for guests to enjoy. Claremont Craft Ales sponsored our “biergarten” lunch complete with bratwurst bar and ice cream from Scoops on Tap ice cream.
TNN sponsored our Helicopter Ball Drop for a chance for participants to win $10,000. Our executive director, Cher Ofstedahl, won with her designated golf ball landing first in the whole, but since she saw that a second ball had also landed in the whole, she offered to donate $5,000 of the winnings to the Foundation and let the next person win the other $5,000. Linh Trieu, of Trinity Youth Services, was volunteering that day and was the lucky golf ball winner for the remaining $5,000.
Afterward, golfers got to participate in a putting contest then headed out to the course where Buca di Beppo was serving tiramisu tastings for guests. John Elway’s Claremont Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram provided an opportunity to win a car for a hole in one, although no one achieved that feat this year.
Proceeding with the evening, guests gathered in the South Hills Country Club banquet hall for a German-style dinner including Sauerbraten, Schnitzel, potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream, green salad with mustard vinaigrette and pretzel roll. For dessert, guests indulged in apple strudel and coffee.
And the Winner is…
At the end of dinner, Trinity Youth Services CEO, John Neiuber, and Children’s Foundation of America Executive Director, Cher Ofstedahl, were our masters of ceremonies. They began by awarding raffle prizes. Packages included a full trip to San Francisco, $500 The Diamond Center gift certificate, $500 Amazon gift card, Palm Springs weekend getaway, tickets to local Oktoberfests, Los Angeles museum package, San Diego package and so much more donated by generous companies helping to raise funds for children in need.
As for the tournament, the HUB International/Kaiser Permanente team took 3rd place (Bob DeValle, Nick Orosco, and Dr. Raju), guests of the CEO (Collin Boldig, Mike Aday, Tony Marquez, and Bob Boldig) won 2nd place, and 1st place was awarded to team Image Source (Kevin Mink, Jordan Craft, Craig Lyneis, and Kevin Morse).
We are so grateful to everyone who participated and supported children in need at our 2018 Trinity Classic golf tournament and fundraiser. The work we do would not be possible without our generous sponsors, volunteers, business partners and individual supporters. You are all winners in our book! Thank you for being the difference for children in need. Together, we raised $130,000 for children in foster care and residential programs at Trinity Youth Services.
Jenelle Phillips, Development Specialist
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.
Photo Credit: Allen Altchech Photography and Jenelle Phillips
Trinity Classic Raises over $105,000 to Support Children in Need
The Children’s Foundation of America hosted the Trinity Classic Golf Tournament on October 23, raising over $105,000 for children in need for the second consecutive year. HUB International presented the 2017 Trinity Classic, contributing $80,000 in support of the event.
Approximately 150 supporters teed-off for a cause at South Hills Country Club in West Covina. Each year, the Trinity Classic features golfing, raffles, and a chance to win $10,000 at a helicopter ball drop. Supporters participated in a day of purposeful play and enjoyed the tournament theme, “Fiesta ‘Fore’ a Better Future,” which featured a mariachi band serenade, an all you can eat taco lunch and a Mexican dinner buffet.
“The funds from today’s purposeful play help to ensure that children from even the most traumatic circumstances receive everything they need to succeed,” said Children’s Foundation of America’s Executive Director, Cher Ofstedahl, to participants. All proceeds from the Trinity Classic went to CFA partner Trinity Youth Services to support children who have faced the trauma of abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Winners of the 2017 Trinity Classic
The tournament’s 1st Place went to the team from Image Source, one of the Foundation’s generous partners, with 2nd Place taken by the team from partner, Sysco Riverside, and the team from presenting sponsor, HUB International, came in 3rd Place.
The golf tournament was just one way to win, as an additional 24 winners received prizes that took them on vacations throughout California. One prize included a trip to local island paradise Catalina, while the other prizes whisked winners off to cultural hub San Francisco or on a tour to sample the wines of Northern California’s award-winning vineyards.
One of the most exciting events of the Trinity Classic was the helicopter ball drop, which drops a bucket of numbered golf balls onto the green. The ball closest to the hole wins and its owner receives a $10,000 grand prize. This year’s winner, Gil Quinbar, is the Campus Director of Trinity Youth Services Yucaipa, and he immediately donated half of his winnings back to Trinity Youth Services.
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Trinity Classic 2016 Golf Tournament Raises Over $100,000 for Children in Need
Trinity Classic 2016 golf tournament was a huge success netting over $100,000 in funds raised for children in need. Through tournament ticket sales, raffle ticket sales, golf ball drop contest and general donations, the Children’s Foundation of America raised funds to aid Trinity Youth Services’ programs and to further advance transitional programs for youth after foster care and residential treatment.
Our partners at Trinity Youth Services help trauma-affected youth through foster care, adoption, residential treatment and mental health services in Southern California and Houston, Texas. The Children’s Foundation of America is honored to help their mission by hosting fundraising events like Trinity Classic to benefit the children in their care.
This year, the annual event took place on September 12, 2016 at South Hills Country Club in West Covina. Nearly 150 attendees checked in to the registration table, where Trinity Youth Services employees volunteered in greeting guests. Children’s Foundation of America Executive Director and Trinity Youth Services Chief Administrative Officer, Cher Ofstedahl, handed out champagne to toast to Trinity Youth Services’ 50th anniversary as guests posed for a red carpet-style photo.
Golfers checked their bags, enjoyed continental breakfast on the patio overlooking the golf course then gathered for an impressive contest: the helicopter ball drop. Guests who entered the contest got a golf ball in their name placed into a large bucket. The golf balls were dropped over a golf hole from the helicopter and the ball closest to the hole won $10,000. Kevin Mink of Image Source was announced the lucky winner and, in support of the cause, declared he would donate half his prize back to the Children’s Foundation of America.
As the helicopter circled overhead and exited the course, golfers hopped into their golf carts and began the tournament. Throughout the course were tastings including Buca di Beppo and Iconic Protein. Additionally, a drink cart traveled the course ensuring no one was thirsty and, midday, guests were treated to a boxed lunch.
After a full day of golfing, guests gathered at the club house for cocktail hour followed by a buffet dinner of roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, lemon herb chicken in cream sauce and charbroiled Black Angus steak with forest mushroom demi-glace. Dessert included an array of cakes to choose from including tiramisu and chocolate cake.
As guests took their seats in the banquet hall, Trinity Youth Services CEO, John Neiuber, shared about the important youth programs conducted over the last 50 years and the impact Trinity has made in the lives of over 60,000 children.
Children’s Foundation of America Executive Director, Cher Ofstedahl, then took the podium to announce the “Shopping by Chance” winners. Guests took out their raffle tickets and waited in anticipation for their number to be called. With prizes like trips to New York, New Orleans, Catalina, San Francisco, Orange County, San Diego and Palm Springs and packages like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Drone,” “Music Lovers,” “Braces” and “Smart TV,” guests had the opportunity to win big. All prizes were provided by generous businesses to help the Foundation raise funds for children.
The winners from the tournament also were announced at the banquet. Tournament first place went to Martin Cichocki, Hiram Rivera-Toro and Jeff Madden. Second place was awarded to Kevin Mink, Jordan Craft, Judith Jarvis and Matt Daniels. Third place was awarded to Mike Ofstedahl, Steve Ofstedahl, Shawn Fitz and Andre Chartrand. The Putting Champion and Closest to the Pin was Martin Cichocki.
Special recognition was given to Hub International for presenting the event. Their support in hosting the golf tournament ensures that all funds raised directly benefit children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect.
Everyone is a winner at the Trinity Classic golf tournament by being the difference to a child in need. Join us at next year’s Trinity Classic golf tournament as we raise awareness and funds for this important cause.
And the Winner is…
Since 1966, Trinity Youth Services has helped more than 60,000 children who have been the victims of trauma and crisis. With the assistance of supporters, these children have an opportunity to find safety, well-being and permanence. Proceeds from the annual Trinity Classic Golf Tournament, hosted by the Children’s Foundation of America, directly benefit children through foster care, residential treatment, mental health and adoption programs. Participating in the Trinity Classic golf tournament means you are helping make a significant, positive difference in the lives of children who need it most. Together, we are all playing to win!
Tournament First Place: Martin Cichocki, Hiram Rivera-Toro LMFT and Jeff Madden.
Tournament Second Place: Kevin Mink, Jordan Craft, Judith Jarvis and Matt Daniels.
Tournament Third Place: Mike Ofstedahl, Steve Ofstedahl, Shawn Fitz and Andre Chartrand.
Tournament Putting Champion and Closest to the Pin: Martin Cichocki.
Children’s Foundation of America gives special recognition to Hub International.
Participants also had the opportunity to win “Shopping by Chance” raffle prizes. Prize packages included a trip to New York, Disneyland tickets, smart TV, drone, a trip to New Orleans, braces, a trip to San Francisco, jewelry, a trip to Palm Springs, comedy tickets, a trip to Catalina and much more. Thank you to our raffle sponsors for your generous donations, which helped raise funds for children in need.
Shopping by Chance Winners: “Fun for All” – “Listen Up!” – Velma Pue, “Brews for Bros” – Julie Pedroza, “Smart TV” – Christina Rodriguez, “P.S. I Love You” – Jackie Jakob, “Bask By the Bay” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Evie Sherman, “Drone” – Linh Trieu, “’Fore’ the Win” – Mike Ofstedahl, “Sea and Sky” – Matt Daniels, “Cavort in Catalina” – Jack Sherman, “Box of Laughs” – Judith Jarvis, “Stay Classy San Diego” – Teresa Valles, “The Big Easy” – Brenda Ricciardi.
Trinity Classic Golfer Wins $10K, Intends to Donate Half Back
The Children’s Foundation of America hosts the annual Trinity Classic golf tournament and, this year, offered something really exciting: a chance to win $10,000!
On September 12, 2016, 100 participants at South Hills Country Club entered into the Helicopter Golf Ball drop, but only the ball closest to the hole would win. A bucket full of golf balls was dumped from a helicopter and ball number 30, belonging to Kevin Mink of Image Source, won.
Upon hearing the news, our winner shouted out that he would donate half back to the Children’s Foundation of America. Way to Be the Difference, Kevin! Thank you.