It is that time of year again. No, not Halloween or Thanksgiving just yet. Monday, October 7 marks the 17th annual Puente House Foundation Fall Golf Tournament. The foundation is a non-profit corporation providing assistance to men and women seeking refuge from substance abuse, who need a safe, structured living environment. For the past 16 years, the Puente House Foundation has served the recovery community in various ways.
The foundation provides financial support to men and women who require residential treatment, but lack funding. Since it’s inception, the Puente House Foundation sponsors a Thanksgiving dinner, serving over 300 meals to needy families, along with sponsoring a Christmas toy giveaway to underprivileged children. The proceeds from the tournament fuel the work of the foundation, which depends on charitable donations. And what better way to contribute to a worthy cause than a day of golf at a beautiful country club? Of course, some may wonder why golf and not softball, or a music festival. Yes, Karl Moris, the president and founder of the Puente House Foundation is a golf aficionado, but golf has other attributes as well, which coincidentally parallel the mission statement of the foundation.
The sport of golf provides a forum for social interaction, rapport building and friendship. The sport is governed by concrete rules and expected patterns of behaviors. Each member of the group is expected to perform in accordance with clearly defined rules of etiquette and these rules are analogous with those of civility and good citizenship. Unlike most competitive sports, golf is not adversarial and there are seldom reports of violence. Ultimately, these codes of conduct promote productive behavior overall. What better activity than golf to exhibit the codes of conduct emphasized by the Puente House Foundation?
Get out your clubs and spread the word. This is a wonderful, highly regarded event that needs your support. Enjoy your time on the green, see people you may only see once a year or on the golf course and know that you are saving lives in the process.