SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. — Four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III will grace Twin Warriors Golf Club this Thursday, April 27, in honor of AMERIND Risk’s sold-out 13th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser.
Golf teams in the four-person scramble will compete across 18 holes of the award-winning Twin Warriors Golf Club’s championship course, which snakes through high desert on the Pueblo of Santa Ana in New Mexico, overlooking the Rio Grande River and Sandia Mountains. The shotgun start is 9 a.m.
“I’m proud to support AMERIND Risk’s event at the beautiful Twin Warrior’s Golf Course as AMERIND continues to advocate for Native American families and worthy causes,” said Begay (Navajo, San Felipe Pueblo and Isleta Pueblo).
AMERIND Risk CEO Derek Valdo’s (Acoma Pueblo) friendship with Begay stretches back to 1993 when they both attended Stanford University. Begay’s participation in AMERIND Risk’s Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser is symbolic of his character, Valdo said: “Notah is genuinely committed to helping Tribes, and his participation is how he shows his support.”
Each year, AMERIND’s golf tournament benefits its Family Emergency Fund created to help uninsured tribal homeowners rebuild or repair after a fire, flood or other catastrophic event. The tournament has raised more than $100,000 for multiple families in Indian Country since its 2004 inception.
The 2017 fundraiser is unique in that AMERIND Risk, the nation’s only 100 percent Tribally owned insurance provider, has named two additional charities, deeply rooted in Indian Country, to benefit from tournament proceeds. They are the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW), created to eliminate violence against Native women and children, and the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), which reduces the burdens that cancer places on American Indian families through education, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivor support. Your tax-deductible donation will support the Protecting Tribal Families Fund, CSVANW and the AICAF.
Founded in 1996 by three Native New Mexican women — Peggy Bird (Kewa Pueblo), Darlene Correa (Laguna Pueblo) and Genevieve James (Navajo) — CSVANW is dedicated to stopping violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in Native communities. “An alliance of more than 50 passionate, distinguished, and highly committed organizations and individuals, CSVANW’s membership works aggressively to raise awareness about the public safety of Native women and children at the state, tribal and federal levels. In addition to providing the utmost critical lifeline services to those affected by violence,” said Deleana OtherBull (Crow and Northern Cheyenne), CSVANW executive director.
AICAF, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was established to address the tremendous cancer inequities faced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities. “We do this through innovative, community-based interventions where AICAF engages Native communities in the discovery of their own best cancer practices,” said Kris Rhodes, AICAF Chief Executive Officer.
Premier sponsors of AMERIND’s 13th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser include the Acoma Business Enterprises, Isleta Resort & Casino, GUY CARPENTER, Sandia Resort & Casino, Wells Fargo and KONAMI. Additional hole sponsors come from Virtus Group, BOK FINANCIAL Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, Archuleta Restoration and Remodel, Arthur J. Gallagher, and Interstate.
Raffle prizes this year include golf give-away packages to Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, and Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque plus many more in kind donations.
Once again, Begay will compete on Valdo’s team of four. “We played together last year and came in the middle of the pack! There are a lot of good golfers out there,” Valdo said.
Begay’s primary reason for participating is to support the great causes that the tournament benefits, as well as camaraderie. “Notah is one of a kind! I'm proud to have him as a friend that is willing to show up and lend his notoriety for good causes,” Valdo said.
Begay joked that his team needs to pick up the slack this year. “We’re definitely hoping to improve on last year’s performance. I’m hoping my partners will make some birdies,” Begay said with a laugh.
While hitting enough birdies may win the tournament, sinking a hole-in- one will earn participants a $10,000 prize. Following the four-person scramble golf tournament, AMERIND Risk will host a putting contest with a $2,500 winning prize, a lunch, and an awards reception.
For more information about AMERIND Risk’s 13th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser on April 27, visit: amerindrisk.org/event/amerind-risk-13th-annual-protecting-tribal-families-golf-fundraiser.