Our team from the Banner-University Medical Center Tucson project won the Mike Gaines golf event.
Sundt employee-owners, subcontractors and partners showed their generosity once again by supporting the Mike Gaines Golf Tournament in Tucson.
The event, held March 10 at Arizona National Golf Club, raised $18,500 to assist the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s research into ALS. Mike was a longtime Sundt employee-owner who died in 2002 from ALS complications. The golf tournaments, held in several locations across the country where Sundt does business, started in Tucson in 2001 and have brought in more than $1.7 million.
Members of the joint venture team working at Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson won the event. The team included Mason Mellema, Mike Miller, Kevin Moore and Mark Ostrand. Mike took the long-drive competition and Kevin won more than $500 in the 50-50 raffle and donated his share to the MDA.
The next Mike Gaines event is March 31 at The Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix. Click here for more information.
More than 100 players competed in the tournament.
Sundt employee-owners and partners in the San Antonio area showed their generosity again last month by contributing $20,200 during the Mike Gaines golf event at Silverhorn Golf Club.
Over the past five years, the San Antonio event has raised more than $108,000 for the ALS Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mike was a member of the Sundt family for two decades before losing his life to complications from ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The annual fundraisers, including golf tournaments in Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, San Antonio, and a skeet shoot in Tucson, to date have raised more than $1.4 million. The events are industry-oriented with participation from our clients, architects, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers.
Part of the novelty of the event were several 15-inch holes. Who could miss that putt?
Another large field of golfers helped Sundt raise $33,500 to battle ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, during the Mike Gaines tournament in San Diego.
More than 100 of our employee-owners and subcontractors turned out at the Riverwalk Golf Club to participate in the event. The tournament is one of five the company hosts, along with a skeet-shooting competition, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The next golf tournament is Oct. 21 in San Antonio.
Mike was a dedicated employee-owner for two decades before passing away from ALS complications.
The first Mike Gaines golf tournament was held in May 2001 in Tucson. Our golf and skeet shooting events have combined to raise more than $1.7 million to help the MDA’s fight against the deadly disease. This year’s four events have raised $141,500.
Our Northern California employee-owners and trade partners turned out in big numbers last Friday to raise $28,500 for ALS research during Sundt’s latest Mike Gaines Golf Tournament.
We had 107 players show up at Sacramento’s Woodcreek Golf Club for a day of fun and fundraising. The events are held in honor of Mike Gaines, a longtime Sundt employee who died in 2002 from ALS complications. The company hosts five golf tournaments and a trap shooting event each year to raise money and awareness in the battle against the deadly disease.
The next Mike Gaines event is June 10 in San Diego. Tournaments have already been held this year in Tucson and Phoenix.
Aly Gartin, third from right, organizes all six MIke Gaines charity events Sundt puts on every year.
Today is the first Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament of the year, one of six events Sundt hosts in memory of a beloved former employee-owner. Mike died in 2002 from ALS complications and the company hosts five golf tournaments and a trap shooting event each year to raise money and awareness in the battle against the deadly disease.
Sundt Estimating Coordinator Aly Gartin plays a crucial role in organizing the events, which are held in Tucson, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego. Her hard work and commitment to the cause are the result of her friendship with Mike, an employee-owner who served the company for more than two decades.
Aly, who has been with Sundt for 33 years, recently took time to talk about Mike and the importance of the events that keep his memory alive.
What kind of person was Mike?
Fun. He was very team-oriented. ‘Let’s have a happy hour, let’s have a family picnic, let’s celebrate.’ Something else that speaks to what kind of person Mike was: His original doctor from MDA is now the Executive VP and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at MDA and still attends the Tucson tournament when she’s in town. She speaks fondly of Mike and his courage and drive to fight as long as he could.
How did you get involved in planning the events?
Mike wanted me to watch the $20,000 Hole-in-One hole. I stepped in to do the finances and paperwork at year two. (Former Sundt employee-owners) Monty Suttle, Corky Collins and I are the champions because of our longtime friendship with Mike, to keep it about his memory and raising money for ALS research.
How much have the events grown over the years?
Sundt’s been so great to let us spread to the different offices. Each office has had a connection to Mike and we’ve been able to carry his memory on to the next one. We’ve watched each tournament grow and become more popular. We want to be the charity event of choice when people can only spend ‘X’ amount of money out of their discretionary budget. They spend it on golf for ALS research.
What kind of reactions do you get from players after the events?
Everyone always has such a good time and seems to appreciate the opportunity to do a good deed. They know their money’s going to the cause. It’s a good time to network and catch up with friends; we have retirees golf, upper management comes out, our own former President and CEO J. Doug Pruitt even plays the Phoenix tournament each year.
What does it mean to you to carry Mike’s legacy forward?
Mike was a great guy, a hard worker, and a good friend. He deserves to be remembered. I’m proud to be part of that effort! I keep thinking and hoping it’ll be that next tournament’s donations that help pay to find the cure.
Mike Gaines golf tournaments are held in Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Sacramento and Tucson.