May 17, 2016
March 18, 2016
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.
February 15, 2016
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.
November 2, 2015
The first Mike Gaines event of the year tees it up at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson on March 18.
Sundt keeps the spirit of a former employee-owner alive through golf tournaments and trap shoots that raise money for ALS research.
Mike Gaines died in 2002 after battling ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He spent his last years teaming with the Sundt Foundation to establish the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events. He wanted to ensure that a cure would be found for the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and approximately 20,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
The first golf event was held in Tucson in 2001 and tournaments were added in Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento and San Antonio. A trap shoot was later added in Tucson. All the events raise money, almost $1.6 million to date, for research by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ALS Association.
“He had no idea we would keep going,” said Sundt Employee-Owner Aly Gartin, a friend of Mike’s who plays a crucial role in organizing the events. “He probably thought the events would end when he passed.”
The first event of 2016 is a golf tournament in Tucson on March 18 at Arizona National Golf Club. Our company invites our many friends to join us as we raise money and awareness in the fight against ALS.
For a list of events, please click here.
October 28, 2014
Sundt’s tradition of raising money and having fun with our clients and sub-contractors continued during a skeet shooting event to support ALS research.
Forty shooters took part during the 14th Annual Mike Gaines Charity Skeet Shooting Event at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club on Oct. 23. Contributions reached $4,800 and will be made from the Sundt Foundation to the ALS Association.
The winners were Walt Gonzales with Sturgeon Electric (trap & skeet) and Jimmy Still from Progressive Roofing (sporting clays).
The team of Sundt employee-owners working on an infrastructure improvement project at the University of Arizona provided a box of shells for each shooter. Former employee-owners and friends of Mike, John Sundt and Joe Malisewski, also participated. Tempe office employee Anthony Colatorti and Andres Herrera from the Tucson office took part.
Long-time supporters CAID Industries, Concord Construction, D Tellez Masonry, Harris-Consolidated Rebar, Progressive Roofing, Speedie & Associates, Sturgeon Electric and Sun Mechanical sent teams. Roofline Supply & Delivery sponsored a team for the first time.
Since 2001, the Sundt Foundation has championed fundraising efforts in memory of one of our former employee-owners. Mike Gaines was a member of the Sundt family for two decades before losing his battle with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Annual events also include golf tournaments in Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Antonio.
Sundt COO Eric Hedlund (left) and three other teammates were among the hundred-plus golfers at the tournament in San Antonio.
More than a hundred golfers came out to enjoy a day of fun and beautiful weather while helping raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament in San Antonio, Texas, earlier this month. Thanks to the great turnout and support of our fantastic sponsors, the Sundt Foundation raised nearly $22,000 for this important cause.
The Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events were created in 2001 to honor longtime Sundt employee Mike Gaines, who died of ALS in 2002. The annual golf tournaments in Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Antonio, plus a trap shoot in Tucson, raise money for organizations that support research to treat and cure ALS, such as the ALS Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). To date, the events have raised more than $1.36 million.