Although the stats out on the green may show one winning team, the real winners on April 1 were the many charities who benefited from the Charity Golf Tournament for the Soboba Foundation live auction event.

After a well-played game of golf, the event raised more than $100,000 in donations for several charities, including EEK Fitness, a nonprofit organization that provides exercise, recreation and learning programs for the special-needs community and their families; The Ramona Humane Society, a nonprofit, open-admission animal shelter, animal control agency and low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic; Friends of Valley Wide, a community organization that strives to sustain the recreational and outreach programs for local youth served by the Valley Wide recreation and park district; and T.H.E. Center, whose mission is to help students discover new capabilities through supervised therapeutic equestrian activities.

Miguel Sarasa, executive director for T.H.E. Center, stated, “We will be using the donated funds to create an equestrian sensory trail for disabled students that will enhance the quality of therapeutic riding care we are able to provide.” According to Miguel, “The sensory trail will feature different sensory stations where students will encounter new therapeutic experiences to help enhance their senses. We are so grateful for all the Soboba Foundation has done for us and our community.”

T.H.E. Center is just one of many charities that have benefited from the Soboba Foundation’s annual Golf Tournament over the past four years.

According to Isaiah Vivanco, vice chair of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, “The fourth-annual Soboba Casino and Soboba Foundation Charity Golf Tournament was very successful. With a field of 47 teams we were able to surpass our goals.” He continued, “With the overwhelming support of our sponsors the foundation was fortunate enough to present several organizations with a $10,000 donation each and for this we are very appreciative.”