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Golf tournament benefiting SAY San Diego to be held Aug. 22 in Rancho Santa Fe

SAY San Diego works in more than 45 school sites.
SAY San Diego works in more than 45 school sites.
GARY SEVERT

An inaugural charity golf tournament benefiting SAY San Diego is set for Aug. 22 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach.

Hosted by the San Diego office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the event will help support SAY San Diego, a local nonprofit that aims to advance the vision of opportunity, equity and well-being for all San Diegans.

“We have a strong corporate partnership between our community nonprofit and PwC San Diego,” said SAY San Diego CEO Nancy Gannon Hornberger, a Solana Beach resident. “We’re enormously grateful that PwC stepped up.”

Two PwC executives, Solana Beach resident Sara Hyzer and Irvine-based Trisha Monteleon, serve on the organization’s board of directors. Additionally, SAY San Diego has received grants and donations from PwC, which is among the leading professional services networks in the world with offices in 157 countries and more than 208,000 people. PwC employees have also assisted the organization with various donation drives, including school supply drives.

PwC, Hornberger said, has a corporate responsibility program that encourages employees to support community causes.

“They are very much a leader in our community when it comes to corporate responsibility,” Hornberger said.

At the initiative of Hyzer and her colleague, Scott Dudzik, PwC is organizing the four-man scramble tournament to benefit SAY San Diego.

With a goal of providing prevention services to struggling youth, SAY San Diego first opened its doors in 1971 with one paid employee and a $1,500 budget. Since then, SAY San Diego has evolved from a single-focused organization to an agency with 360 employees, more than 700 volunteers and interns, an annual budget of $21 million, and more than 30 programs that work to strengthen the whole child, whole family and whole community.

SAY San Diego serves more than 70,000 San Diegans every year. The nonprofit’s core service areas include educational enrichment and preschool; youth and adult mental health and substance abuse prevention; child abuse prevention; juvenile delinquency prevention; and family self-sufficiency.

“Our programs really run the gamut of what it takes to raise a healthy, safe and thriving family,” said Hornberger, who came to Solana Beach three years ago to join SAY San Diego. She previously lived in Washington D.C., where she served as executive director of the national nonprofit the Coalition For Juvenile Justice.

Hornberger said the organization is able to offer its services through resources from the federal, state and local government, as well as private grants and individual donations.

“For 45 years, we’ve collaborated with the public sector and the private sector and have many partnerships,” Hornberger said. “So the partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers really represents the best of San Diego. We believe that those partnerships help to build a community fabric and create opportunities and well-being for all San Diegans.”

PwC’s inaugural charity golf tournament begins at noon Aug. 22 with a shotgun start. The registration fee includes a golf cart, range balls, Mexican dinner, drink tickets and on-course contests.

Registration costs $150 for a single golfer and $600 for a group of four golfers. Sponsorships start at $100. Donations are also being accepted for the silent auction and opportunity drawing. People can also simply just attend the dinner for a fee.

Proceeds will benefit SAY San Diego’s Urgent Needs Fund, which helps people experiencing particular hardships or emergencies and need immediate short-term support.

“We have a very generous community,” Hornberger said.

For more information or to register, contact Dudzik, the tournament coordinator, at scott.n.dudzik@pwc.com or 858-336-2721.

For more about SAY San Diego, visit www.saysandiego.org.