The Spring ISD Education Foundation’s annual golf tournament brought out 136 participants to Northgate Country Club, raising more than $80,000 to help provide quality education to Spring ISD students.
“This is a new record post-COVID,” said Spring ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Sandra Scott. “The generosity of Spring ISD community partners surpassed last year’s contributions by $10,000, and we are very grateful.”
With partly sunny skies, the event kicked off at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 at the Northgate Country Club. This year, the charity golf tournament celebrated its 22nd anniversary.
Rhonda Newhouse, who serves on the Spring ISD Board of Trustees as well as on the education foundation’s board of directors, said that, without the golf tournament, it would be challenging to offer grants and scholarships to Spring ISD faculty and students.
“We have new sponsors this year, and we want to let them know that we cannot do this without them,” Newhouse said. “Know that, in Spring ISD, we are a family, a team, and we are very appreciative of your support.”
The annual tournament serves as the primary fundraiser for the Spring ISD Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Established in 1992, the foundation is crucial to providing every Spring ISD student with a quality education.
All funds raised from the tournament will directly benefit Spring ISD students, teachers, and district programs. As Scott explained, this year the students and teachers of Spring ISD especially need support as the district continues to navigate new ways to educate and bring learning to its students in safe and secure environments.
“This is a major fundraiser for the foundation, and we are just glad to make sure that we can be consistent throughout the years,” Scott said. “This is a fun event that brings the community together to continue supporting all the students and teachers of Spring ISD.”
Monday’s tournament also included a morning golf clinic, a post-tournament reception, and an awards presentation. Golfers competed in several competitions, including a Hole-in-One with a $10,000 cash prize, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin.
Community partners, sponsors, and Spring ISD senior leadership members supported the tournament and were excited to share about their experiences.
“This is my first year playing in the tournament,” said John Dees. “However, the company I represent, Fortinet, has sponsored the tournament for several years, and I’m glad we are raising money for a good cause.”
John Bird of Dog Haus restaurants, who recently hosted a fundraising event at the grand opening of Dog Haus Biergarten’s new Spring location, also participated in the golf tournament. Bird said he looks forward to continuing the restaurant’s partnership with Spring ISD to secure donations for the education foundation.
Volunteers and other non-golfers were also invited to join the golfers for an afternoon reception event with a raffle, a live auction which included sports memorabilia, and an awards presentation. Several district alumni came out to golf, and a team of ExxonMobil retirees were volunteers at the event as well.
The title sponsor for this year’s tournament was Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott‚ LLP.
Additional sponsors included: AutoArch/HZ; PBK; Chick-fil-A; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; RKCI; H-E-B; HCA Houston Healthcare; IDG; University of St. Thomas; Stantec; Texas First Bank; Koala Kare, LLC; Edgenuity; Pfluger; Huckabee; West Belt Surveying, Inc.; Brooks & Sparks, Inc.; Alpha Testing; iSphere; Fortinet; CFI Commercial Flooring and United Clothing Donations/Phill the Box.