Domex Superfresh Growers, a global leader in the growing and shipping of fresh apples, pears, cherries and apricots, recently hosted the Journey of Hope Golf Classic to benefit the Madison House Community Youth Center operated by the Union Gospel Mission in Yakima, Wash. The event, held in Yakima last month at the Apple Tree golf course, generated $26,750 for the youth center.
Domex Superfresh Growers created the event as a way to draw the Washington tree fruit industry closer to the Madison House, which serves neighborhood families, many of whom are involved in the tree fruit industry in the Yakima Valley.
“The Journey of Hope Golf Classic has been instrumental in connecting the tree fruit industry to the kids of Madison House,” said Ed Kershaw, CEO of Domex Superfresh Growers and chair of the Madison House advisory committee. “These children are members of our greater family in the fruit business and as such are deserving of our concern and support.”
The donation was presented to Tony Baker, director of the Madison House, during an event held to celebrate the success of the fundraiser.
“This donation represents the single largest contribution to the Madison House in its 25-year history,” Baker said. “When Ed Kershaw approached us with this idea, we were excited about the prospect, but had no idea just how large an impact it would have. These funds will help us do tremendous good among the families served by the Madison House Youth Center.”
Located in downtown Yakima, the Madison House Community Youth Center offers safety and after-school activities to youth who are at risk due to the effects of intergenerational poverty. Subject-specific tutoring to enhance literacy, daily homework help, college and scholarship counseling, mentoring, internships, life-skills classes, fine arts, basic financial education, robotics, work force development and field trips and incentives are offered to youth and young adults who attend the Madison House.
“Exposure between the Madison House and the Washington tree fruit industry was enhanced during a fun, well-attended and organized golf tournament hosted by Domex Superfresh Growers,” said Rick Phillips, CEO of Union Gospel Mission. “What a day! We are grateful to those who came out not only for the fun but for the purpose; giving opportunity to youth who would not otherwise have these life changing experiences at Madison House Community Youth Center.”
Funds raised via the golf tournament will be used to sustain existing programs for youth, age 5-20—giving them the opportunity to embrace hope beyond their daily circumstances through what is offered at the Madison House Community Youth Center.