Paige Torres…On the afternoon of Saturday, August 13th, members of the community gathered at the San Marcos Twin Oaks golf course to play in the Mike Cavataio Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Foundation and Vista Education Foundation. Hitting the course at 1:30 p.m., the golfers set off for a day’s worth of fun playing to support the local youth of North County.
Since 1973, The Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Foundation has constantly demonstrated its support for the youth and the local Vista community through its sponsorship and interaction with local Key (Kiwanis Educated Youth) Clubs and other outreach programs such as Stand Up for Kids, the Boys and Girls Club, Bring Up Grades, and more. In addition, the Kiwanis members have shown their continued support for local students by raising over $200,000 in funds to provide high school seniors with scholarships to further their education. Among the biggest fundraisers hosted by the Kiwanis Club each year to make their support of these programs possible are the Grape Gatsby Affair and the Mike Cavataio Charity Golf Tournament held each summer.
Mike Cavataio was a former leader in the Vista community, serving as president to both the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Foundation and Vista Chamber of Commerce during his lifetime. Mike was an active member in community service, participating in events such as Special Olympics and other programs supporting the local youth. Though the charity golf tournament has been held by the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Foundation for over 25 years, Mike Cavataio himself helped run the event for nearly 8 years before leaving the Kiwanis Club. Since the inspirational community figure’s passing in 2013, the event is now held in his memory. As one Kiwanis member stated, “Mike was always one of those special members who would do anything he was asked to make a difference.” As such, it is fitting that the event be held in his memory in order to make a difference in the lives of the local youth. For this year’s tournament, the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Foundation teamed up with the Vista Education Foundation in running the event. Like the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Foundation, the Vista Education Foundation actively helps support the youth through providing educational and arts scholarships, as well as internships. Because of this common goal between the Vista Education Foundation (VEF) and the Sunrise Kiwanis Foundation, the charity golf tournament served as the perfect opportunity for them to team up and have some fun while raising money for local youth to have access to clothing, food, leadership programs, scholarships, and workshops.
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With this goal in mind to help the youth, over 52 golfers headed out to Twin Oaks on Saturday to play for the win and a great cause. Kicking off with a shotgun start, the golfers played from afternoon until evening. At around 6:30 p.m.,the golfers began to head in for the dinner reception, in which a delicious meal of Mexican cuisine and drinks was served by the Twin Oaks staff. Following dinner, event chairman Dave Sherman, who has played in the tournament nearly every year since its start and has assisted in running it for the past 4 years, took to the stage to thank everyone for coming out to the tournament. Dave then welcomed Brad Peterson to the stage to say a few words about the Vista Education Foundation and its goals in providing the local youth opportunities to succeed through programs such as internships. Kiwanis member and event leader Pete McHugh then took the stage to speak about the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Club. As Pete reported, since 1973, Kiwanis has been dedicated to helping the youth worldwide and in North County, making them a perfect match for the VEF in running this event. According to Pete, Mike Cavataio’s legacy was “always one of community activism”, and as a long-time member and sponsor of the Kiwanis golf tournament, Mike “symbolizes the essence of what being a good Kiwanian is.” Therefore, he claimed that it has been the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista ’s honor to memorialize him in this tournament for the past few years. As Pete was sure to reiterate before exiting the stage, he hopes that due to their common mission in supporting the youth, the partnership between the VEF and the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista in this event will continue in the future; and with the recruitment of 22 tee sponsors to help raise funds for programs for youth scholarships, homeless teens, the treasure chest of books and more, a future partnership does not seem unlikely.
Following the introduction of both the VEF and the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista , guests began to gear up for the announcement of the raffle winners and live auction. Amongst many of the raffle prizes donated for the charity golf tournament were museum tickets, Padres gear, Chargers gear, gift cards to Skybound Coffee and Tea Lounge, breakfast for two at the Sunrise Cafe, a one-night stay at the Pelican Cove Inn, a free oil change, a set of headphones, two Moonlight Amphitheatre tickets, tickets to the Wave Waterpark, an all-star game baseball, several golf course foursomes, and more. Following the raffle drawing, the eager crowd engaged in a live auction, with many donated items up for grabs including tickets to SeaWorld and golf foursomes at the Pala Mesa Resort, Shadowridge Country Club, Castle Creek, Arrowwood, Boulder Oaks Golf Club, Woods Valley Golf Club , and El Camino Country Club courses. Popular auction items also included 3 cases of wine, which had the crowd joking and bidding for a matter of minutes. At the event’s conclusion, chairperson Dave Sherman then announced the winners, including Bill Scheffel (longest drive at hole #5), Lauren DaSilva (closest to pin on hole #17), Mark Rouse (closest to pin hole #3), Chuck Scarborough (closest to pin hole #7), the low gross winning team with Dave DaSilva, Lauren DaSilva, and Pete McHugh (no handicap used), and the low net winning team (handicap used) with Dennis Wilcockson, Glen Mills, Matt Cavataio, and Mike Larrochia.
With the convening of Kiwanis members, family members, and those who simply desired to support the local youth at the event, the golf tournament served as a testament to the long-established mission of the event, summarized by the motto: “It’s all about the kids.” Plus, with a result of approximately $8000 raised-which greatly exceeds the prior fundraising goal-it is certain that the VEF and Kiwanis Club will make good on their promise to support the local youth.
Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista … Meets at 7:00 every Wednesday morning – 7 a.m. The Rancho Grande Restaurant 825 Williamston Ave Vista. www.kiwanisclubofsunrisevista.org