Doyon Foundation extends an enormous “thank you” to the 120 golfers, 50 volunteers and 50 sponsors for “chipping in for education” at the recent 15th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic! The 2015 event took place Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19 in Fairbanks, Alaska. See event photos on Facebook.
This year’s golf classic was remarkable for several reasons – gross income (before expenses) from the Calcutta, live auction and golf classic totaled more than $255,000! Plus, the tournament field sold out within two weeks of mailing out the invitation, and all 18 holes were sponsored.
A total of 120 golfers on 30 teams participated in the 2015 event. Congratulations to this year’s winning teams, including the first place golf classic winners, Micah Bartlett, Stewart Thompson, Dennis Mullen and Frank Thompson, who were also the winning Calcutta team buyer! See the full list of tournament winners, as well as winners of the putting contest, longest drive contest and chipping contest, on the Foundation website.
The Calcutta, held Thursday evening at the Wedgewood Resort, featured a live auction. Thank you to all who participated, especially the auction winners, who successfully bid on items including several all-expenses-paid trips and collectors golf bags.
A total of 50 individuals also volunteered their time at this year’s event. See the list of volunteers on the Foundation website.
The 2015 golf classic brought in more than $152,000 in corporate sponsorships. The Foundation thanks all 50 sponsors, including $15,000+ doctorate-level sponsors Doyon Family of Companies, KeyBank and Key Equipment Finance, and Sodexo. See the list of sponsors on the Foundation website.
The annual golf classic raises money for the Foundation’s Morris Thompson competitive scholarships. With the support of golfers and sponsors, the Foundation awarded $46,000 in scholarships to 14 students during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Read about this year’s recipients in a previous blog post.
Jennifer Romer, a $5,000 graduate competitive scholarship recipient, was the student speaker at this year’s Calcutta. Romer, an Athabascan/Yup’ik originally from Fairbanks and Bethel, is a graduate student at New York University, where she is pursuing a master’s of science in sports business, professional and collegiate operations. In her address, Romer spoke on “life-long learning as it relates to a main component of our culture and my career.” She also thanked Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation employees and volunteers for their tireless effort.
“Doyon Foundation has provided me with financial support that has contributed to successfully completing year one of two of my graduate studies,” she said.
The 2016 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic will take place Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17.
For more information on the classic or how to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907.459.2098.