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Golf Tourney Raises $6,500 for Firefighters Benevolent Fund

  • Written by Derek Johnson

For local firefighters, this year’s charity golf tourney was a big success. The Woodinville Firefighters Benevolent Fund raised $6,500 on July 29th. That entire amount is being donated to the Children’s Country Home, which is a Woodinville facility for special needs kids.

“It was a great day and a great event,” said Andy Kapfer, a Woodinville firefighter and assistant organizer of the event.

EB6A0263Some happy golfers at Willows Run. (Photo by Daniela Stewart)The Benevolent Fund is a federally recognized 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and is licensed with Washington state.

Bryan Streit, owner of the Pizza Coop, and Andrew Davis, co-owner of 20 Corners Brewing, combined efforts to organize the tourney on behalf of Woodinville firefighters. 

“Bryan and his wife and kids, are incredible,” Kapfer said. “I can’t stress enough the efforts that he put into this.”

Thirty-six teams and 140 golfers traversed the links at Willows Run in Redmond. It was a scramble format. The early 8AM shotgun start proved a blessing. “By the thirteenth or fourteenth holes, the heat started kicking up to 85 degrees,” Streit said. “It got pretty toasty out there. People were ready to get back to the clubhouse.”

When it was all said and done, Mike Petryszak’s team from John L Scott was the winning team.

From there, everyone moved indoors to enjoy a banquet-style meal and silent auction.

By his own admission, Kapfer is not a public speaking dynamo. But he took the microphone to close out the day’s events.

“Bryan came up at the end of the day and asked me to say a few words,” Kapfer said. “I was at a total loss for words. But I said thank you so much to so many people coming out on a sunny day and supporting this worthy cause. I was so appreciative.”

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