The Malouf Foundation likely won’t have any trouble finding teams to participate the next time they host a fundraising golf tournament. At their first-ever tournament held recently at the Logan Golf and Country Club, one lucky golfer drove away in a new Jeep Wrangler and $10,000 cash after he hit a hole-in-one.
“It was a par 3, a little downhill, about 170 yards,” explains Mike Winger, a representative from Key Bank who flew out to participate in the tournament from Bellevue, Washington. “Since I’m not from around here, and you guys are at elevation, I was struggling with what club to use, guessed, hit a good shot, bounced, hit the pin, stuck there a second then dropped in the hole.”
Employees from Malouf and Heritage Auto Group were stationed around the hole, for insurance purposes, and witnessed the shot as it dropped in. Winger was in shock and says it was a little different from his first hole-in-one on a golf course.
“The first one was maybe just some handshakes, this one comes with a lot more!”
The upgraded Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was provided by Heritage Auto Group and the $10,000 was insured by Malouf.
“You want somebody to be a winner,” says John Weese, President and CEO of the Heritage Auto Group. “We’ve had a couple instances where we’ve been involved with the rodeo when people have won a vehicle. What more could you win? You go golfing and win a Jeep!”
“It was a huge success,” exclaims Sam Malouf, president of Malouf. “I think there will be some notoriety that comes with this because of the winnings. So I think this will definitely be a repeat. Hopefully, we can have another Jeep winner in the future. We’ll definitely be doing it again.”
Malouf says the Malouf Foundation Golf Tournament raised more than $40,000 for The Family Place, the Children’s Justice Center, CAPSA and Operation Underground Railroad, organizations all working to prevent abuse and protect children.
“This is a time when we can give back and be part of something greater than any one of us,” exclaims Weese. “It benefits everybody involved. Why not be involved with something like that?”
Winger says Key Bank not only has a close relationship with Malouf, but is also happy to support the causes that receive assistance from the Malouf Foundation.
“I sit on a board on another charity, as well, that helps wayward boys,” Winger explains. “This is right up my alley as far as charities go.”
Malouf says that while some people may think child sex trafficking or abuse may only happen in bigger cities or in other countries, that’s simply not true. Too much of it happens close to home.
“I think for people here, locally, what we want people to know and understand,” Malouf continues, “is the problems we speak of in terms of child abuse, child sex abuse and even child sex trafficking happens here in Cache Valley.
“It’s not something that is talked about a lot. We want to talk about it more so people can be aware, be educated and help create change here locally.”
Not only did the foundation raise $40,000 at its recent golf tournament, but also raised over $100,000 at their July warehouse sale in Nibley. Similarly, those funds will be donated to more than a dozen local and worldwide charities, with the majority earmarked to help fight child sex trafficking.