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The only thing better than golfing in perfect spring weather is doing it for a great cause, and last Friday hundreds of Circle K vendors and employees took over the Wigwam Golf Course to do exactly that. All the funds raised during Circle K’s “2019 Desert Klassic Golf Tournament” and subsequent raffles went to benefit UCP of Central Arizona – by the day’s end, attendees had raised $814,558.
“Circle K has been the kind of community partner that non-profits dream of having,” says Brenda Hanserd, CEO of UCP of Central Arizona. “They have been a loyal supporter for decades, so to see so many familiar faces coming out to help further UCP’s mission of helping people live a life without limits, is humbling.”
Among those that spoke to the crowd following the tournament was Marilyn Enright. Enright’s son, Andrew, 53, has Adrenoleukodystrophy (a rare, genetic disorder characterized by the breakdown or loss of myelin – the fatty layer covering surrounding nerve cells in the brain – and progressive dysfunction of the adrenal gland) and has been receiving home care services from UCP for 23 years. Enright shared her and Andrew’s heartfelt history with UCP, demonstrating the real-world impact of the funds raised during the tournament.
Circle K has been a major sponsor of UCP for more than 35 years and the annual golf tournament isn’t the only way Circle K provides financial support. On average, over $3.5 million is donated to UCP annually through the donation canisters in every Circle K store. The spare-change dropped into those canisters, by every register, adds up to make an enormous impact and is the single largest private source of funding to UCP. Additionally, Circle K was instrumental in bringing to life the vision of offering UCP services to the under-served community in central Phoenix, by providing the location and first-year of lease payments for the UCP Downtown campus.