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Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic Raises more than $45,000 to Support Dental Care for Underserved Children

The winning low-net team from left to right: Dr. Mark Swimmer ’88, Dr. Kristi Doberenz ’88, Dr. Jeff Teutsch, ’88 and Blake Swimmer.

July  15, 2010

Alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently gathered to golf for a good cause at one of the nation's top courses.

The 13th annual Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic, held this year at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, raised more than $45,000 to support dental care for children and families in need. Funds generated from the June 28 tournament and auction will benefit the school's Kids in the Klinic endowment, which supports dental care, education and oral health prevention to socioeconomically disadvantaged children throughout Northern California.

Participants enjoyed an 18-hole round of golf on the Lake Course, which has been ranked as one of the top courses in the United States. The Lake Course will serve as the site of the 2012 US Open tournament, having previously hosted the 1955, 1966, 1987 and 1998 US Open championships.

This year, hope & grace winery sponsored the involvement of two up-and-coming professional golfers for an added competitive bonus. For a donation, pros Ashley Gomes and Maiya Tanaka challenged players to a longest drive and most accurate drive competition. Both Gomes and Tanaka are ranked nationally and have starred in the Golf Channel's reality show Big Break.

"Today The Olympic Club was as good as ever," said Doug Yarris, class of '83 alumnus and owner of hope & grace. "To have a tournament out here, where the US Open will be played in a couple of years, I couldn't ask for more."

After a day on the green, golfers bid on silent auction prizes while enjoying cocktails and appetizers. Event chair Mike Carroll opened the evening's festivities and presented several raffle prizes. In the tournament's aggregate best ball format, the winning low-gross team was Nate Birnbaum, Rick Eisenhour, Kevin Swimmer and Skip Volpe. The winning low-net team was Dr. Mark Swimmer '88, Dr. Kristi Doberenz '88, Dr. Jeff Teutsch, '88 and Blake Swimmer. Dinner was served followed by a live auction offering various items such as golf packages, wine, fine dining opportunities and vacations.

"What we did today was help the kids of our community," commented Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., current interim provost of University of the Pacific and dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. "In California we have thousands of children who wake up with pain in their mouth each morning, and their parents don't have the resources to get treatment and remedy this pain. The funds raised at today's tournament will allow the Dugoni School of Dentistry to treat these kids who so desperately need it."

Dr. Susan Bittner, a Class of 1974 alumna of the Dugoni School of Dentistry, founded the Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic in 1997 to raise money for the Kids in the Klinic endowment. Today, thanks to the efforts of Bittner and many volunteers from the Pacific Dugoni Foundation, the endowment is on its way to reaching its goal of raising $2 million.

"We started this tournament because we felt there was a need to have continuous funds for the children's clinic at the dental school," said Bittner. "The endowment helps the students have pediatric patients, but more importantly it helps the children of the community."

Numerous corporate sponsors from within dentistry as well as the wider Bay Area community contributed to the event. Silver Sponsors were Brasseler USA, Delta Dental, Invisalign®, Mitchell & Mitchell and Tiret & Company CPAs. Additionally, Putnam Lexus sponsored the Hole in One contest, which offered golfers a chance at winning a luxury car lease.

Tee prize sponsors were California Practice Sales, Carroll & Company and Patterson Dental. Hole sponsors were Bank of San Francisco; Danny Thomas, DDS; Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni; Murray Bodine, Investment Banking; Mechanics Bank; Magbitang Financial & Insurance Solutions; Thomas Sabbadini, Sabbadini and Sabbadini; Samaritan Endodontics; and Darryl Weinroth, Attorney at Law.

Category Type: Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu