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Left: Golfers and students gather together for a picture after the 2016 Golf 4 Kids event. Above: Students help out by selling raffle tickets to golfers during the 2017 Golf 4 Kids, held at Valley Hi Country Club on Aug. 7. Miller began the day by reading out the story of how the event started to all of the golfers and children pres- ent, to help them understand the “essence” of the tournament. “Parents bring their children out and they assist with selling raff le tickets and really just being present to meet our golfers,” Miller says. “Ev- eryone participating can meet these kids and their families and see what kind of an impact their donations have.” Many of the tools that are nec- essary in these special classes are technical and expensive, Miller says. This year, some of the funds raised from the tournament will go toward a special, adaptive physical education program at the Ralph Richardson Center and Luther Burbank High School that will pay for special bikes, mats and other equipment to im- prove mobility and independence. “People really have become at- tached to the tournament and enjoy knowing the funds go directly to these kids,” foundation vice presi- dent Jeannie Reese says. n Robin Epley is the former associate editor for Comstock’s. On Twitter @robin_epley. Jim Leet, president of the founda- tion. “It’s a discreet need, but an important one.” Funds from the event support the children’s programs in a variety of ways, but most often by providing specialized computers, keyboards and communication devices. There is also a need for wheelchairs — such as those operated merely by head movements. Other money goes to- ward equipment and activities that the four schools cannot cover on their own. Bob Miller, chairman for the event, says nearly 100 golfers partic- ipate every year. This year’s Golf 4 Kids was held on Aug. 7 at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove. As usual, | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 145