BY SARAH ARMIJO
Eastvale – Raising money, having fun, and getting the community involved is what the Eastvale Community Foundation (ECF) is all about. The ECF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up completely of volunteers, created by the Eastvale City Council in 2011 as a way of helping to assist with needs throughout the City.
The mission of the ECF is to strengthen the Eastvale community by collaborating with the City Council to identify needs and issues, and encourage the volunteering of time, talent, and resources.
The ECF is committed to serving the Eastvale Community, and has provided over $50,000 in youth scholarships for Eastvale youth sports and art programs in the last two years.
According to Sharyn Link – who has been an ECF Board Member for quite some time, as well as Executive Director of the foundation for the last year – the ECF donated scholarships to approximately 100 children in 20 different programs this year.
You can help support the ECF’s actions by attending or sponsoring their Second Annual Golf Tournament coming up on August 15, which will benefit programs in the City of Eastvale. The tournament will be held at the Los Serranos Country Club and the cost for this event is only $125 per person, although teams save $50 if they sign up as a foursome. The price includes 18 holes of championship golf, dinner reception and a few surprises.
This year, the primary goal of the golf tournament is to support the Military Banner Program, according to Link. “We want to raise enough money to provide all new hardware so the banners can withstand the Eastvale winds. We also want to replace all of the banners that have been damaged or are missing. Our Military personnel deserve our highest respect and honor and we plan to make our Military Banner Program show them that Eastvale is proud of them and thanks each and every one of them,” said Link.
Last year, the ECF raised over $20,000 at their 1st Annual Golf Tournament and their goal this year is to raise $30,000. All proceeds from this event, and all their fund raisers, stay in Eastvale.
“Our long term goal is to help provide monument signs and way finding signs for our City. We want people to know where Eastvale is when they drive into town,” said Link.
“I would like to encourage everyone to support the Eastvale Community Foundation throughout the year, but especially now for the golf tournament. We can use sponsors, golfers, and if you don’t golf and can’t make it out during the day, come to the dinner in the evening. We have a no host cocktail hour commencing at 5 p.m. and dinner will be at 6 p.m. We have some amazing raffle prizes, silent and live auction items and a few surprises thrown in this year. It is a very fun evening and we encourage residents to come join the fun,” said Link.
Nine amazing board members have been putting in a lot of hours to put on this year’s golf tournament. According to Link, they also have a Golf Committee consisting of some Eastvale residents who have been helping with the planning of the tournament. On the day of the tournament, Link says that they will need about 40 people helping in order to make it as big of a success as last year’s event.
To sign up, volunteer or become a sponsor, visit the ECF’s website at http://eastvalefoundation.wix.com/eastvalefoundation#!events/coui. You can also reach them at (951) 263-0345. Also, be sure to “like” the ECF on Facebook.