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Golfers Support DC3 Foundation

Published August 17, 2018

“This is a great opportunity to give back to students, the Foundation, and the community and still have a great time.”

– Charlie Esquibel, Centera Bank vice-president

Gorgeous mid-August weather greeted several dozen golfers and supporters of DC3 Friday as they hit the links at Mariah Hills for the 8th Annual Foundation Golf Classic.

“We had really good support this year,” said Christina Haselhorst, Foundation Director. “There’s been lots of enthusiasm from the community.”

The golf tourney raises money to advance the efforts of the DC3 Foundation. Equally important is the community outreach and awareness of the important work being done by the Foundation.

Group shot of participants in the DC3 Foundation Golf Classic

“The golf tournament helps fund many of the activities the Foundation,” Haselhorst said. “It may be newsletters, donor meetings, or even general office expenses. More often it’s simply to help students. We purchase things like dictionaries for the community, or we are able to add to the money we already send for scholarships.”

Charlie Esquibel, vice president of Centera Bank in Dodge City, said that every year the tournament is a great time, and he enjoys being able to show support for the school while having some fun with other supporters from the community.

“We support the college through the Foundation,” Esquibel said, “and we like being able to come out and support it by playing golf and seeing everyone have a good time.”

Golfers load their carts in preparation for the shotgun start to the 2018 DC3 Foundation Golf Classic

“This tournament is always a lot of fun,” said Greg Vierthaler, a Dodge City optician who plays on the Rocking M Media team every year. “There’s good comradery and always a good group of people playing. Chris is doing a great job and we’re glad to support the Foundation.”

“It’s absolutely important to support the college,” said Brian Marshall, owner of Building Solutions. “It’s an important asset to the community. There’s a lot of opportunity, especially with the vo-tech programs, so that’s what I’m excited about.”

Vierthaler estimated his team’s chances to win the tournament at “slim to none”, and Esquibel laughed out loud at the talent level of his team – even bringing a few golf balls as big as melons and king-sized clubs to help his cause.

Golfers gather to hear from DC3 President Dr. Harold Nolte, Foundation Director Christina Haselhorst, and Chris Robinson DC3 Golf Coach before tee off

While levity and good-natured ribbing abound during the tourney, Esquibel and others said supporting the Foundation’s mission is serious business.

“It’s just very important to help students get the money to go to school,” Esquibel said. “This is a great opportunity to give back to students, the Foundation, and the community and still have a great time.”

Haselhorst said it’s the generosity from our community that allows the Foundation to continue that work.

“We very much appreciate everyone who participates in the golf tournament. It enables the Foundation to continue to benefit the college, students, and our community with philanthropic efforts.”

By Scott Edger