In its second year honoring the legacy of the Rude Rudy’s Golf Tournament and its commitment to feeding the hungry in Central Oregon, Newport Avenue Market’s Go Golf! Tournament participants will hit the links at Broken Top Golf Club in Bend on Tuesday, July 22. Proceeds will benefit the Hunger Prevention Coalition (HPC) of Central Oregon.
The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., with more than 150 community members and influential leaders from the grocery and retail industry dispersed around Broken Top’s championship course.
What began as Rude Rudy’s golf tournament 32 years ago to show Newport Avenue Market’s appreciation for its vendors has evolved into an annual charitable golf tournament in which the community and vendors alike participate to help feed the hungry in Central Oregon. The event has raised more than $246,000 since it moved into the charitable realm in 2007. The fundraising goal for this year is $35,000.
Go Golf! participants will be met with a continental breakfast and provided goodie bags containing lunches and more as a thank you for their support. Following the tournament, guests will be offered small plates, beer and wine to enjoy during an awards ceremony that will include golf tournament achievement awards and a presentation of the proceeds raised during the event for Hunger Prevention Coalition.
“None of this could happen without the support of our amazing sponsors,” says Newport COO Lauren G.R. Johnson.
The platinum sponsors this year include Broken Top Club, Budweiser, Unified Grocers, Morgan Stanley-Jay Fain, Eberhard’s Dairy, United Salad, Mondelez International, Point Blank Distributing and Newport Avenue Market.
Johnson says she is excited to see the tournament flourish as support from grocery industry leaders, golf participants and community members increases each year. She says she especially looks forward to continuing this charity event and being able to contribute annually to nonprofits that help feed the hungry in Central Oregon.