Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gates golf tournament receives $10,000 grant

From Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

     Chuck Gates Youth Golf Endowment board president Roger Roland of Ketchum has announced the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund (DSYF).

     Roland said he learned the grant in early December. The Gates fund donates to local organizations like the City of Ketchum Recreation program, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Aquability and the Bigwood junior golf program.

     Since 2010, DSYF has been a grant-making arm of the San Francisco-based Stuart Foundation. Originally established as an independent foundation in 2001, the fund was endowed by Dwight L. Stuart, Sr. (1924-1998) to benefit and serve the needs of children and youth in the greater Los Angeles area.

     Stuart was raised in the Pacific Northwest and lived for many years in Los Angeles.  He was president of the Carnation Company from 1973-1983 and was the grandson of its founder, E.A. Stuart. 

     A life-long supporter of youth mentoring and sports programs, Dwight Stuart was also a board advisor of the Stuart Foundation, which focuses on youth development, foster care, and K-12 educational issues. The Board of Advisors of DSYF is composed of Stuart's four sons and his sister.

     The Gates tournament was dedicated in 2012 to Woody Stuart, a son of Dwight Stuart.

     The 17th annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament to raise money for junior golf and other youth-related programs in the valley is scheduled in 2014 for the second week in June at Sun Valley Golf Course.

     During the history of the tournament, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund has given between $55,000 and $60,000 to the Chuck Gates Youth Endowment, Roland said. “It has been our biggest benefactor,” he said.

     The tournament is named for Chuck “C” Gates, who died Dec. 6, 1997 in Nevada at the age of 51. A passionate golfer, Gates started Ketchum’s first radio station, KRMR, and was a co-founder of the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper.

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