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Generous Golfers Swing into Action at 2017 Project SAVE Benefit

15th Annual Tournament Supports SCOE Program for Youth Offenders

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Excellent weather and scores of enthusiastic golfers made for a winning combination at the 15th annual Project SAVE golf tournament. The 2017 tournament was held September 25 at the Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove. Nearly 90 golfers participated.

Project SAVE (Safe Alternatives and Violence Education) is a program dedicated to aiding young first-time offenders that is operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). The annual golf tournament fundraiser is the main source of funding for this model community project that has proven to prevent and reduce youth violence and bullying behaviors.

This year’s fundraiser was a success thanks to the support of the Project SAVE Golf Tournament Steering Committee, SCOE’s Prevention and Early Intervention 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:

    • Cheryl Raney & George Roth
    • Greg Geeting, Sacramento County Board of Education Trustee (Retired)
    • Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
    • Sacramento County Sheriff’s Activities League
    • Sierra Health Foundation

Tee Sponsors:

    • Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, District 2
    • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447
    • Rick Jennings, II, Vice Mayor, City of Sacramento
    • Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Hole-in-One Sponsor:

    • Project SAVE Golf Tournament Committee

Project SAVE is a program for adolescents, 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 about Project SAVE, contact Cindy Kennedy at (916) 228-2202 or

Group of four golfers holding clubs
Group of four golfers holding clubs