Golf scramble helps local sports park

Group looks to match grant from foundation

For many people, raising $20 million would seem like an impossible task.

However, Pam Tower, chairwoman of the Gresham Youth Sports Alliance, couldn't be more optimistic.

Tower is helping the Gresham non-profit agency build the 33-acre sports park off Palmquist Road that will offer sports fields and outdoor fun for the community.

'It's a big amount, but it's not impossible. We can get it done,' she said. 'The more people we have helping, the more likely we are to meet our goal.'

To help reach its financial mark, the sport alliance is holding a golf scramble on Friday, Aug. 25. The goal for the event is to raise at least $30,000.

'Last year we had 11 teams and raised about $10,000. This year we would like to see 37 teams and have another 100 people come for the lunch,' she said.

The entry fee for golfers is $85 per person and includes green fees, a golf cart, breakfast and lunch.

People who don't golf but want to show their support can come and eat at the luau the alliance is offering for $15, Tower said.

People who don't eat pork can eat chicken and there will also be vegetarian fare.

A silent auction will follow lunch.

While Tower said the community has shown tremendous support in donating their time and efforts, the alliance has reached a point in project development where it needs to generate cash.

The money raised at the scramble will go toward a matching grant awarded by the Oregon Community Foundation.

Tower said $176,000 must be raised by Sept. 30 to meet the grant's requirements or the funding will disappear.

'We really want to get kids on the park and think that will start to carry the momentum. So we are focusing on finishing the East Side of the park and the we work on the West Side,' she said. 'This park is something the community really deserves.'

If you go

What: The 2006 Sports Park Scramble.

When: 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

Where: Gresham Golf Course 2155 N.E. Division St.

Call: To register or make lunch reservations, call Don Hendrix at 503-674-3117.