The following article appeared Saturday, August 23, 2008 in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
OPARC tees it up for a good cause on Sept. 15
OPARC is having its annual golf tournament in order to further give its clients a voice.
In fact, the 2008 Colonies Crossroads Champions Cup, set for September 15 at the Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, will benefit the organization's speech pathology program.
More than 50 individuals are enrolled in this program, including a deaf and mute man who is learning basic sign language. Helping its clients communicate with the world is part of OPARC's mission statement of "Enabling People With Disabilities to Achieve Their Full Potential."
Joyce Corjon is the speech pathologist with the program. She knows the difference the program is making in the lives of many of its 52 clients.
"Many of our clients have impaired voices and it can be extremely difficult for them to get their messages across to others, but I've seen tremendous success," Corjon said. "It's very moving to see individuals able to express themselves, finally. And many in the program will be performing that night after the tournament. They will be entertaining guests, showing their needs but also their abilities. The theme of the night will be "thankful."
And if donating and participating in this worthwhile tournament isn't enough, seeing the direct benefits should motivate everyone to action, according to Ed Shea, long-time OPARC supporter and chairman of the golf committee for the past five years.
"Last year was the first time they performed at the dinner and it was a great success. It really means something to see these people working so hard. This provides the direct connection between the clients and those who support them," Shea said. "Being able to communicate makes a huge difference in the quality of their lives. Try to imagine not being able to communicate."
Sponsors and golfers are needed for the September tournament, which includes a lavish cocktail reception afterward. Presenting Sponsor, again this year, is Colonies Crossroads, "Colonies Crossroads is proud to be a part of the good work that OPARC is doing for people in need within our community. We thank you for allowing us to play our part in your organization," said Dan Richards, Co-Managing Partner of Colonies Crossroads, in a prepared statement.
Vince’s Spaghetti is a Platinum Sponsor and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is a Gold Sponsor. Silver sponsors are Lewis Group of Companies, San Bernardino County 2nd District Supervisor Paul Biane, and Nestle Waters, NA. Casino Morongo Resort and Spa is a Bronze Sponsor. Dale and Judy Briggs will be the Host Bar Sponsor and San Bernardino County 4th District Supervisor Gary Ovitt is the Cart Sponsor. Friends of OPARC sponsors are ASR Construction, Citrus Motors, Ed and Marj Rembecky, Lord Constructors, Inc., Southern California Edison, Janis and Pat Grabowski, Robert M. Young and Associates,
Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with a Footjoy Golf Shoe fitting, and lunch served on the Country Club patio beginning at 11:00 a.m. The tournament begins at 12:30 p.m. The cocktail party starts at 5:45 p.m. with entertainment and awards starting at 6:00 p.m. The tournament cost is $425 per person. If you just want to attend the party, it will be $50 per person. For information about the tournament and how you can help, call Gayle Pearson at (909) 985-3116 ext. 31.
The 2008 golf committee members are Shea, Eileen Ansari, Michael Biane, Kerry Biane, Patrick Bryan, Don Mills, Jeanne Mills, Michael McCormack, John Mannerino, Jim Porter, Ed Rembecky, Sandra Forney, Mary Shea and Sam Spagnolo.