Governor Jay Inslee and former Governors Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire joined business and community representatives for an outstanding day of golf Sept. 9 at the 19th annual Governors’ Cup Golf Tournament.
The day started with rain but ended with a sense of accomplishment as the event, held at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, raised over $350,000 to benefit the Washington State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth.
Governors Locke, Inslee and Gregoire along with College Success Foundation president and CEO James Dorsey started the morning with a welcome, thanking sponsors for helping foster youth achieve their college dreams.
CSF Alumni Xana shared how they are beating the odds and building a bright future at the reception and awards ceremony following the tournament.
“Earning the Governors’ Scholarship helped me not just financially, but also emotionally, by affirming that I am wise and strong and believed in,” Xana said. “Every contribution you make is another reminder to someone struggling through the foster care system that they are seen, they are worthy, and they are capable of dreaming bigger. It may not seem like much, but it makes all the difference.” Read more about Xana’s story.
Former Governor Gary Locke and College Success Foundation established the Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth in 2001 to recognize the long, often difficult journey that foster youth take to higher education. Over the past 18 years, the tournament has awarded more than 500 college scholarships to foster youth in Washington state.
Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of this tournament and program. For more information on how you can be involved, contact Madeline Mulloy at firstname.lastname@example.org.