2010 San Antonio Golf Press Release
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, November 2, 2010. On November 1, 2010, 87 golfers took a swing at ending global poverty in the Partnership Golf Tournament in San Antonio, Texas. Approximately $107,000 was raised at the event. The tournament began with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. following registration and check-in, putting contest, longest drive contest and a Fire Truck ball drop.
Geoffrey Scott Connor, the 104th Texas Secretary of State gave the keynote speech at the dinner. “It’s not winning or losing or how you played, but today it’s about your participation, because you’re here to raise funds – that is what the tournament is for – but more importantly it brings awareness to some of the most pressing problems that affect our world. Those dealing with poverty, conflict and a vulnerability of the environmental climate change. Those are the types of universal problems that transcend national, cultural, and spiritual differences…the kinds of problems that challenge us and unite us as humans.”
Judge Peter Sakai, 225th District Court shared his thoughts after dinner. “One of the things that struck me today was all of the different people here today; I really am very impressed with the diversity of those participating today. You’ve made a decision to step up and take on the harder issues such as hunger, ignorance, rural development, health. These are the concerns of our citizens here. Part of the strategies of what we have here on a local level, you work with things on a larger world and I applaud the work of the Aga Khan Foundation.”
Other distinguished guests included Sloan Thomas, former wide-receiver for the University of Texas Longhorns; Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank; Paco Velez, Executive Vice President of the San Antonio Food Bank; Al Suarez, mayor of Converse, Texas, and Mary Denis, mayor of Live Oak, Texas. Cynthia Lee, former Fox News anchor and Amber Calderon, Miss San Antonio, Texas hosted the evening entertainment.