Council raised close to $12K at 21st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, thanks event participants and supporters

AUGUST 25, 2017 (SEATLLE, WASHINGTON) – The Northwest Mountain MSDC raised close to $12,000.00 at the 21st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser held on August 17th at the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, Washington.

Over the last 21 years, the Council hosted a golf tournament open to Corporate/Public Agency Members, Council-certified MBEs, and their guests.  This year’s tournament had twenty one foursomes following the progressive scramble format, along with individual contests.  Golf tournament winners and contest winners won golf merchandise with their awards courtesy of the Northwest Mountain MSDC.

2017 Golf Tournament Winners

1st Place

·         Dennis Brooks, Trio Group

·         Erik Haag, Metro Parks of Tacoma

·         Jeff Quint, Trio Group

·         Leon Titus, CBRE


2nd Place

·         Steve Cruz, Costco Wholesale

·         Todd Giefer, Costco Wholesale

·         Brad Williams, Costco Wholesale


3rd Place

·         Keith Bennett, Puetz Golf

·         Troy Martin, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

·         Bryan Tupper, Puetz Golf

·         Joey Zaputil, Puetz Golf


Participation Award

·         Dicran Arnold, WWT

·         David Groomes, US Facilities, Inc.

·         Percell Johnson, Cassell Communications, Inc.

·         RC Sunkara, Mavensoft Technologies


2017 Individual Contest Winners

Accuracy Drive

·         Court Brown, Zones, Inc.


Chipping Contest

·         Court Brown, Zones, Inc.


Closest to the Pin

·         Sean Vaovasa, Elyon International, Inc.


Long Drive

·         Sean Vaovasa, Elyon International, Inc.


Mega Putt

·         Bryan Tupper, Puetz Golf


In addition to tournament players, Corporate/Public Agency Members and MBEs attended the event to network and participate in the Annual Silent Auction.  The Council also held a raffle drawing immediately following the Awards Reception.

The Council sends many thanks to everyone who made the 21st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser a success – Annual Sponsors, event sponsors, silent auction donors, participants and guests, the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie staff, and most especially our volunteers.  Thank you!


Annual Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

·         Microsoft Corporation

·         Mike Nakamura Photography

·         MUFG Union Bank, Inc.

·         Starbucks Corporation

·         TDW+Co.

·         T-Mobile USA, Inc.

·         Trio Group

·         World Wide Technology

·         Zones, Inc.


Gold Sponsors

·         Alaska Airlines

·         The Boeing Company


Silver Sponsors

·         AT&T

·         Costco Wholesale

·         General Microsystems, Inc.

·         Minority Business Development Agency – Tacoma Business Center

·         Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

·         Wyndham Vacation Ownership


Bronze Sponsors

·         Land Development Corporation (LDC, Inc.)

·         Promoshop Washington


Emerging Sponsors

·         Ecobrite Services

·         Elyon Intenational, Inc.

·         PetroCard

·         The Russell Group, LLC


Event Sponsors, Donors and Volunteers

Event Sponsors

·         Beverage Cart Sponsor Titus – Will Automotive Group

·         Breakfast Sponsor – Enterprise Rent-A-Car

·         Golf Cart Sponsor – Zones, Inc.

·         Hole-in-One Sponsor – Olympia Nissan – a Bruce Titus Dealership

·         Hosted Hole Sponsor – Enterprise Rent-A-Car

·         Hosted Hole Sponsor – Kalani Packaging

·         Shirt Embroidery Sponsor – Kim’s Embroidery, Inc.

·         Sponsor Posters – Zones, Inc.


Silent Auction & Scholarship Fund Donors

·         Abby & Fernando Martinez

·         Aldaz - Rivera Family

·         Acme Bowl

·         The Boeing Company

·         Chateau Ste. Michelle

·         Costco Wholesale

·         Datum Construction

·         Excellent Cultures

·         Hilton Bellevue

·         Le May - America’s Car Museum

·         Magellan Architects

·         Maryhill Winery

·         Mavensoft Technology

·         Microsoft Corporation

·         Mike Nakamura Photography

·         Museum of Flight

·         Museum of Pop Culture

·         Nvelup Consulting

·         Oki Golf

·         Pacific Science Center

·         PetroCard

·         Rhein Haus Seattle

·         Schwartz Brothers Restaurants

·         Starbucks Corporation

·         UW Consulting and Business Development Center

·         Zones, Inc.



·         Elizabeth Cochran, Starbucks Corporation

·         Lynn Cruz, Costco Wholesale

·         Tommy Fowler, Costco Wholesale

·         James Hing, Starbucks Corporation

·         Mary Lyles, Starbucks Corporation

·         Megan Malacon, Student

·         Christine Ohman, Starbucks Corporation

·         Kate Rhoades, Zones, Inc.

·         Gary Sheneman, Microsoft Corporation

·         Sharyl Yamamoto, Delta Airlines


Many thanks to the management and staff of the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie and Oki Golf.

The 21st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction benefits the Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund.  Every year, the Northwest Mountain MSDC awards $25,000 in scholarship dollars to minority-owned businesses, primarily as a result of donations received at Council events and fundraisers. Over the last 8 years the Council has provided over $200,000 in minority business scholarships.

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Event photos courtesy of Mike Nakamura Photography.  To view the event photos, visit

To view recorded video of live feed from the event, visit the Council’s Facebook page at or search the web for #NWMTNgolf.