Cupertino Rotary Club Golfs for a Cause

Come out to the Deep Cliff Golf Course in early May, hit some balls, and help benefit a worthy cause. 

The Cupertino Rotary Club will hold its 29th Annual Golf Classic Tournament at Deep Cliff on Saturday, May 7. At the event, the club plans to donate $15,000 to the Northwest YMCA so the organization can complete a community garden. 

The Golf Classic Tournament is one of the largest fundraisers the Rotary chapter holds for the community. Over the years, the competition has raised more than $1.2 million for local charitable organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Northern California, Uplift Services, Our Daily Bread, and many more.

“It is a tough selection process each year,” said Louisa Roberts, the 2022 Golf Classic event chair, on picking a charity to support. “We have chosen to award the Northwest YMCA because the proposed garden project fits the mission of Rotary so well: environment, education, health, nutrition, therapy.” 

The new garden will include flowers, vegetables, plants in raised beds, compost areas, and places to sit and relax. It will teach children and youth about the environment, the importance of growing things, and saving water through drought-tolerant plants and less grass. Its address will be 20803 Alves Drive in Cupertino. It will be open to the public.

Matt Montelongo, the Communication Director for the Northwest YMCA, said that the association plans to finish the garden by Spring 2023. Then it plans to create a Northwest Y Gardening Club to maintain the new agricultural space. 

“We will look for volunteers to assure sustainability to continuously donate vegetables to food banks including our own food pantry here in Cupertino,” said Montelongo. “As a Rotarian myself, I know we will have enough capable helping hands for the long term.” 

The Cupertino Rotary Club holds many events throughout the year to benefit the community. Find out more about its work on its website.