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Annual Healing Hearts Relief Golf Tournament Benefits Fresno Residents in Need

Aug 25, 2017 11:00AM ● By Kayla Anderson

Changing Courses

September 2017
Story by Kayla Anderson
Photos courtesy of Crown Valley Youth Ranch

More than 100 golfers will tee off for charity at Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno for the 12th Annual Healing Hearts Relief Golf Tournament. Benefitting the Fresno Rescue Mission and the Fresno Police Chaplaincy, the tournament on Sept. 18 is an effort to help end homelessness and support those in need.

Along with playing a fun 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format, participants will help the Fresno Police Chaplaincy expand its Project RISE (Resilience in Student Education) and Project STEALTH (Stop Teen Exploitation And Liberate Through Hope) programs, which aim to bring hope into the lives of Fresno’s at-risk youth through education, intervention and mentorship. The tournament also helps the Fresno Rescue Mission provide meals, 24-hour emergency services and vocational training to men, women and children in need.

Twelve years ago, consultant Dale Renburg came up with the idea of launching the golf tournament as a way to become more involved with the Fresno community and provide the Fresno Rescue Mission with a new income stream. At the time, the mission was fairly small and in search of monetary support. Since the Fresno Police Chaplaincy was helping some of the same people as the mission, it was a natural fit for the nonprofits to be equal beneficiaries of the budding tournament. 

Renburg was instrumental in getting the event committee started, and then passed the torch to former Fresno Rescue Mission Chief Development Officer Janet Steinhauer to help pull it together. The Fresno Police Chaplaincy additionally brought in some of the original sponsors, including Premier Valley Bank. Der Manouel Insurance Group heard about the tournament and contacted Fresno Rescue Mission, ultimately becoming the title sponsor in the inaugural event and  remaining heavily involved in its subsequent years. 

“(Der Manouel) brought in numerous additional sponsors, especially insurance companies, and they have personally become involved in the Mission in other ways,” says the mission’s Chief Development Officer Deborah Torres. “They have served on the steering committee almost since the beginning and have been the ‘go to’ people when we needed something. Most importantly, they care about the community and encourage their staff to volunteer. At one point they hired buses and had their whole staff take a tour of Rescue the Children to show them how important it is to give back. This sponsorship led to them volunteering at the Fresno Rescue Mission banquet as well, supporting it financially, and giving to the silent auction.”  

In coming up with the name for the golf tournament, committee members thought about the goal to help people with hurting hearts change their lives and settled on “Healing Hearts Relief.”

Over the years, funds received from the tournament have helped the police chaplaincy purchase an RV that can be used to help victims at crime scenes and accidents, as well as helping support other programs. This tournament has also allowed the mission to strengthen its relationship with the Fresno Police Department and work with local hospitals to build the Homeless Respite Care Center. 

A large number of sponsors, players and local businesses now look forward to the event and it gives Fresno Rescue Mission a chance to build partnerships with the community in a fun, supportive environment. 

“The tournament was developed to build community relationships, spread the word about the two organizations and generate additional income to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting,” says Torres.

Tournament information:

September 18, 10:30am-6:30pm

Sunnyside Country Club 

5704 E. Butler Ave., Fresno 

(559) 268-0839, ext 209