More than 250 golfers took to the greens on Monday, Sept. 18, to raise money for the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation, which distributes grants to regional nonprofits each January. Twice a year, Brookshire Brothers invites its vendors to the tourney at the Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin, Texas.
The evening portion of the tournament was cut short by rain, but that didn’t keep vendors from rallying around a great cause, the retailer says. Representatives from some of the recipient organizations like The Mosaic Center, Harold’s House and the Lufkin State Supported Living Center helped work the tourney as a way to thank the vendor donors from all across the country. The volunteers also served as official witnesses on Hole 17, where if a golfer hit a hole-in-one, they would take home a 2017 Toyota Tundra courtesy of Loving Auto Group.
Since 2007, the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation has given back more than $1 million through the funds raised at its golf tournaments. Vendors receive the opportunity to network with their colleagues while raising money for worthy causes in the areas of education, hunger, health and the arts.
A special donation was given this year to the American Red Cross—$20,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief, which was matched by $30,000 from local foundations.
Other 2017 recipients include:
• Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC)
• American Cancer Society
• Angelina Arts Alliance
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas
• CRRC of Canyon Lake
• Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in the Pines
• East Texas Alliance for Children (Harold’s House)
• Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
• The Joseph House Inc.
• Junior Achievement of Angelina County Inc.
• Junior League of Lufkin
• Lufkin State Supported Living Center–Volunteer Services Council
• TheMosaicCenter Inc.
• Texas Forestry Museum
• Women’s Shelter of East Texas
• Friends of Hamilton ISD
• Hemphill ISD Education Foundation
• Lufkin ISD Education Foundation
• McGregor ISD Education Foundation
• Wells ISD Education Foundation
In addition to these contributions, Brookshire Brothers has a separate employee-run Donations Committee which meets monthly to consider hundreds of donation requests from throughout the company’s footprint.
Employee-owned Brookshire Brothers comprises 115 retail outlets—grocery stores and convenience stores as well as freestanding tobacco, pharmacy and petro locations. Its footprint stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Dublin, Texas, north to Whitesboro, Texas and south to Ganado, Texas.