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Golfers Swing into Action at 2016 Project SAVE Benefit

14th Annual Tournament Supports SCOE Program for Youth Offenders

Golfers posing at hole with flag

The grounds were a little soggy but that didn't discourage scores of enthusiastic golfers from swinging away at the 14th annual Project SAVE golf tournament. The 2016 tournament was held on October 31 at the Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove. More than 80 golfers participated this year.

Project SAVE (Safe Alternatives and Violence Education) is a Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) program dedicated to aiding young, first-time offenders. The annual golf tournament fundraiser is the main source of income for the model project, which has proven successful in reducing and preventing youth violence and bullying.

This year's fundraiser was a success thanks to the support of the Project SAVE Golf Tournament Steering Committee, SCOE's Prevention and Student Services Department, the Project SAVE Advisory Committee, and many volunteers. Tournament sponsors included:

Silver Level Sponsor

  • David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools

Bronze Level Sponsors

  • Greg Geeting, Sacramento County Board of Education, Area 1
  • Sacramento County Sheriff's Activities League
  • Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
  • Cheryl Raney, Project SAVE Volunteer Coordinator

Tee Sponsors

  • Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, District 2
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447

Hole-in-One Sponsor

  • Project SAVE Golf Tournament Committee

Project SAVE is a program for adolescent first-time offenders, ages 10 to 17, who have been involved in violence or weapons possession on or near a school campus. The program offers alternatives for the less sophisticated offender who acts without thinking or in response to peer pressure, and who is not yet intimately involved in the juvenile justice system. Those eligible to participate are Sacramento County students and their parents/guardians. Students from Sacramento County school districts and SCOE Community Schools may participate.

Partners included Sacramento County Probation Department, Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, Sacramento City Police Department, Superior and Municipal Courts, community members, and all thirteen Sacramento area school districts.

For more information, email or phone Cindy Kennedy: (916) 228-2202.

Group of three golfers leaning on golf clubs
Group of four golfers holding clubs
Group of four golfers leaning on their clubs