When the city of Sumner Relay for Life team presents its annual Golf for Life fundraiser each year, the occasion amounts to more than just 18 holes — it amounts to a lot of fun.
“While the important goal is raising money for the American Cancer Society, we also try to make this a fun game,” said Carmen Palmer, co-chair of the Golf for Life fundraiser.
On Friday, July 11, teams of four will hit the course at High Cedars between Sumner and Orting with the end goal of raising approximately $10,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The city’s Relay for Life team is composed of city staff who take vacation time in order to play in the tournament. Others who make up teams include businesses in the community that see this as an opportunity to connect and promote their services.
“We usually have more than 100 individuals participate,” Palmer said. “We’ve had people from Seattle come down to golf with us. It’s a great introduction to knowing people in the community.”
Jason Fritzler, a project manager at KPG Engineering, has been among 10 to 12 employees from the company who have golfed every year at the tournament.
“This is a good draw to get businesses from all around the region to support a good cause,” Fritzler said. “The tournament allows a lot of flexibility for businesses to contribute, whether that’s supporting a hole, sponsoring raffle gifts or offering up time to volunteer at the event.”
KPG Engineering, based in Tacoma, provides transportation engineering services to the city of Sumner.
Another proud business sponsor is Dave Radcliffe, the chief executive officer for the Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse in Sumner.
“I will be sponsoring two teams from the Cannery and also a military team from Joint Base Lewis-McChord,” Radcliffe said. “It’s a great, fun time.”
Radcliffe said he will bring back the popular bed races from last year. At the Cannery-sponsored hole, before playing, golf teams compete in a short bed race. Radcliffe said he purchased the two twin-racing beds from Puyallup Appliance when it closed a few years ago.
The fee to play in the tournament is $100 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, goodie bag and dinner. For non-golfers, the dinner price is $25. Dinner is barbecue chicken and ribs catered by High Cedars.
To learn more and to register, visit sumnergolfforlife.org.Andrew Fickes: 253-552-7001 andrew.fickes @puyallupherald.com Twitter: @herald_andrew