EWGA Foundation


Members that attended the 2006 EWGA Conference in Amelia Island will remember Rose Naliaka. She is the only LPGA Pro in Kenya with a group of girls that the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams campaign organized a program to gather donated golf items and ship them to Kenya, Africa.
Well, Rose’s girls just recently were able to use their newly honed golf skills on a trip to St. Andrews Scotland. Through connections that Rose made at the EWGA Conference, Rose and her girls were offered a trip to St. Andrews. Here is a letter that was sent to Pam Swensen recently from Rose.

Dear Pam,

Hope you are both keeping well

Sorry, I have not written for a while.  It’s been hectic to prepare the children for the visit to St Andrews.  It was all dramatic to obtain passports for some of the kids who had no Birth Certificates.  Somehow, I managed to get the documents and on 24th of last month we left for Scotland.  The girls were so excited it was great to see them on the plane. They discovered themselves how to operate the TV and they played games, watched movies until we arrived.  For me, it was just great that I had finally changed four girls lives for ever. 

We had great reception at St. Andrews with lots of golf played on Balgove course, Strathtyrum course, Kingarrock Hickory course, Kingsbarns course and finally the Old course which we all found difficulties coming out of bunkers, impossible rough and wind.  However, we had great fun and it was a privilege to play that course.  We visited the British Museum and the R&A which was educative and interesting.  We had a chance to watch the first day of the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes where we met Paula Creamer, Natilie Gulbis, Michele Wie, Lorena Ochoa and all top LPGA tour players.

We could have never had the opportunity to enjoy the above if it was not for your support and EWGA.  We shall forever appreciate you for opening the doors for us!

Remember the first photos I sent you?  Look at how the girls have transformed!!

Rose&Girls
Hugs,

Rose

The EWGA Foundation’s 2009 Drive for Dreams initiative to benefit Renee Powell’s girls golf program at the historic Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, OH is moving ‘full throttle’ through the summer months into Fall. EWGA Headquarters is working with the PGA-staffed facilities hosting the 2009 EWGA Championship Semi-finals, along with the PGA Golf Club hosting the 2009 EWGA Championship Finals to have drop-off receptacles for club donations so that competitors, spectators, guests and friends can easily join in the effort to collect ‘gently used’ clubs in support of the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams Campaign. Simply bring your club donations to the EWGA Championship Semi-final or Final event sign-in / registration table and indicate that the clubs are for the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams campaign. Club donation receipts are available at the drop-off receptable area.

To learn more about how you can participate in support of the EWGA Foundation’s efforts to ‘Give the Gift of Golf’ to those less fortunate, visit the EWGA Foundation Drive for Dreams area under ‘Learn More About EWGA’ at http://www.ewga.com/.

Those who met her at the 2007 EWGA Conference will remember Rose Naliaka. Those whose generosity helped the EWGA Foundation share the gift of golf with Rose’s girls may remember the story.

It was the first effort undertaken by the EWGA Foundation to “share the gift of golf” with those less fortunate. Rose Naliaka is the only female golf professional in Kenya and with the help of EWGA members, Chapters, and sponsors; Rose now has the tools she so sorely needed to use golf to teach life lessons to girls who otherwise lead a squalid existence in a country rife with HIV and illiteracy.

Prior to our help, Rose and her girls had only a handful of golf clubs. More than a year after the golf clubs, shoes, clothes and more were collected, packed to journey across the Atlantic ocean, and stalled by a lengthy customs delay, Rose’s EWGA “gift of golf” finally arrived giving every one of her girls the chance to swing at a golf ball and hope for a better life.

2009 Brings it Home

This year’s Drive for Dreams campaign benefits Renee Powell’s girls’ golf program in East Canton, Ohio.

A LPGA/PGA golf professional, Renee is one of only three African-American women to play on the LPGA Tour and she was the recipient of the EWGA’s 2002 Leadership Award (one of many golf industry awards). Her family’s Clearview Golf Club (on the National Register of Historic Places) was built by her father in 1948 and remains the only African-American owned and operated golf facility in the country.

Over the past seven years, Renee’s year-round girls’ golf program has nurtured nearly 250 girls, introducing them to golf and the many doors it can open. Many of her students who did not know how to play golf at the start of their school years are now on collegiate teams. One has earned a full scholarship to Penn State and another received a Women’s Sports Foundation scholarship.

There are two ways for EWGA members to get involved with the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams initiative. Here’s how you can help:

EWGA Chapters are invited to “adopt a girl”
Be one of 33 EWGA Chapters who will personally help one of Renee’s 35 girls this year (the EWGA Foundation Board and the EWGA staff have already adopted two girls).

The girls range in age 7 to 15. You can help them start their school year off this fall by providing basic school supplies and a golf outfit. We all know how a new outfit can lift your spirits and buoy one’s confidence! And let’s not take for granted that starting school with the basics is something enjoyed by all students. Won’t you “adopt” one of Renee’s girls and be responsible for a smile that is sure to last all year long? Chapters interested in adopting one of Renee’s girls should send an email indicating your Chapter’s intent to adopt one (or more) of Renee’s girls to foundation@myewga.com. In this email, include your Chapter name and the designated Chapter contact name for this effort. Once you receive from AHQ the information on your girl and the list of suggested items for your Chapter to collect (items are to be new vs. used), your Chapter board can work on collecting the modest list of low cost items and/or put the word out to your Chapter membership. Download additional details on the Drive for Dreams Adopt A Girl program here. Deadline for receipt of boxes is September 1, 2009.

Turn Unwanted Clubs into Cash Donations

The EWGA Foundation is working with the PGA of America and its Trade-In Network to help us turn unwanted golf clubs into cash donations based on their fair market trade-in values. The EWGA is doing its part by having club donation drop off receptacles at its 15 EWGA Championship semi-final sites and at the Championship Finals at which everyone it welcome to contribute. EWGA Chapters are also encouraged to utilize local events to also collect golf club donations under the Drive for Dreams initiative. To learn more about how to host a club donation drive in conjunction with a local event, download this program overview.

Remember 1-2-3 When You Donate Clubs (club donation criteria)

EWGA Foundation Drive for Dreams Club Donation Receipt

The EWGA Foundation is seeking active EWGA members to join this newly formed committee that will help raise funds through major gifts and special event fundraising with a focus on creating fundraising momentum, augmenting the existing EWGA Foundation fundraising activities and initiating new avenues in which to generate funds. For additional details, download position specification.

If you are interested inserving on this committee, or would like additional details, please send an inquiry to EWGA Foundation Board President Margaret Downey at foundation@myewga.com.

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