Golf Tournament, Ball Drop Raise Money For Kids With Cancer
It was raining golf balls at the golf course outside Holtville last Saturday.
Besides the balls hit during the course of a tournament, 300 more were dropped from a helicopter as part of the fundraiser.
The Second Annual Halos & Tiaras Golf Balls From Heaven and Golf Tournament at the Imperial Palms Resort at Barbara Worth saw a good turnout from local golfers and residents wanting to support the non-profit foundation to help childhood cancer victims.
Besides the money raised from golfers and the raffle afterwards, $20,000 was the profit from the ball drop. A total of 300 numbered golden golf balls were sold at $100 each, with the winner taking home $10,000 and the foundation keeping the rest to support its cause.
The winner this year was Oscar Delgado from Mexicali, with number 129. It looked at first like it was going to take some careful measuring, since most of the balls didn’t land very close to the hole.
John Reed generously donated the use of his United Ag helicopter for the second year in a row and carried Halos and Tiaras board member Nefty Trevino aloft to dump the balls. The fundraiser was picked because it generates more fun and excitement than a simple raffle.
Originally called the Caelynn Andrea Iten Foundation, the name was changed recently to Halos and Tiaras to get the message out that it wasn’t about helping just one child. Caelynn was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma cancer at the age of three, and the foundation took on the slogan Fight Like A Princess for her.
Nefty Trevino’s daughter, Milania, lost her battle with cancer in November 2015 and the Halos part of the renamed foundation is to recognize this new angel.
All of the money raised last weekend will be used to help young cancer victims and their families over the next year with whatever they may need. One of the things that became apparent to those affected by the disease is that local resources are sparse, and having to leave the county for consultations, treatment, surgery and followup visits is expensive and not covered by insurance.