|September 5, 2013
Record number of golfers tee off at 22nd SKC Annual Golf Scramble
By Alyssa Nenemay
Angelique Albert and Joe McDonald are active members of the Salish Kootenai College Foundation, which is an independent non-profit that fundraises approximately $260,000 annually for the college. (Photo by Alyssa Nenemay)
PABLO — Salish Kootenai College hosted its 22nd Annual Golf Scramble at the Silver Fox Golf Course. With a record 21 teams, the one-day tournament raised approximately $16,000. Half of proceeds will go towards funding SKC’s Public Broadcasting channel KSKC-TV, while the other half will go towards scholarships provided through the SKC Foundation.
Les Big Crane focuses on his shot. (Photo by Alyssa Nenemay)
The SKC Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that provides approximately $260,000 to SKC for scholarships each year. The foundation has been in operations for over 20 years and has been involved in land acquisition programs to expand the SKC campus. Its endowment, or total investment, is estimated to be over $10 million.
“It’s very significant that SKC, a tribal college, has a foundation,” said the non-profit’s executive director Angelique Albert. “The foundation helps bring in investments that will be endowed here forever. It has really created a legacy for SKC scholarships.”
Members of the first place Tyro/Lambert team demonstrate their winning moves. (Photo by Alyssa Nenemay)
KSKC-TV has been in operation for over 20 years and is the only local public television network in the area. With a two-person crew, KSKC-TV receives no operational support from state or federal sources. The network has won numerous national and international awards and recognitions during its operation.
According to its site: “The primary focus of our programs include cultural documentaries, instructional, educational and promotional programs. We have also produced product-specific promotional videos. On a weekly basis we produce programs for air on our public television facility.”
One lucky winner received a golf ball signed by Noah Begay III, the first full-blood Native American to compete in the Professional Golf Association Tournament. (Photo by Alyssa Nenemay)
With prizes that included custom golf equipment, beadwork, glass trophies, and a golf ball signed by Noah Begay III, (the first full-blooded Native American to compete in the Professional Golf Association (PGA) tour) the scramble attracted players from as far as Warm Springs, Oregon and Usk, Washington.
As another successful fundraiser reached its end, SKC Foundation secretary Ralph Goode offered his reflection of the day: “It’s been a great day. We’ve had great weather and this is great fundraiser. Everything we make will go back into the school,” he said.
Prizes included custom golf equipment. (Photo by Alyssa Nenemay)
For more information on the SKC Foundation visit www.foundation.skc.edu, for more information on KSKC-TV visit www.kskctv.skc.edu, for more information on the Silver Fox Golf Course visit www.silverfoxgolf.com.
Golf Scramble Tournament Winners
1. Tyro/Lambert Team
2. One Putters
3. Valley Bank
4. Eagle Bank
5. Payne West