Three Rivers Golf Tourney to have special meaning

The annual Three Rivers Community Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament will have special meaning for the founders and the foundation June 1 at the Elk River Golf Club.

Officials are estimating the tournament will yield up to $40,000 that will be matched by the Initiative Foundation, which administers the foundation’s assets.

That’s huge, because the foundation has pledged to raise $50,000 to be matched, for $100,000, putting the endowment at $1 million.

This year the foundation will award $18,000 in scholarships and $32,000 in grants to qualified students and organizations within the School District 728 geographic area.  Over the years,  the  foundation has approved grants of $350,560 and $93,500 in scholarships.

One hundred and forty eight golfers have signed up to tee off at 10 a.m. to compete in the best ball tournament.

Charles (Chuck) Christian launched the tournament 25 years ago for the subcontractors of Christian Builders.  Christian says back then there were 40 golfers. He decided to give any proceeds from the first tournaments to charities, and eventually decided to give all proceeds to the foundation, which he helped organize.

The golf tournament is the foundation’s main fundraiser.

This year Christian, his daughter, Robin, and Bob Deiley decided to make it one of the biggest in the 25-year history.

Anyone wishing to donate needed silent auction items and prizes having to do with golf, camping, fishing and recreation can contact Robin Christian at 763-360-0106.

For more information call Chuck Christian  763-360-0438, Robin Christian 763-360-0106, Brad Richardson  612-328-8553, or Bob Deiley 763-421-6620.