United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles Concludes Yearlong 70th Anniversary Celebration with Its Hallmark UCP Golf Classic Tournament

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As State funding for services for developmentally disabled children and adults continue to fall short of the demand, community-based providers like UCPLA rely even more on fundraisers to help bridge the growing funding gap.

On Monday, June 1, United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) will wrap up its yearlong 70th anniversary celebration of perfecting the art of caring for individuals with developmental disabilities with one of the organization’s most longstanding and successful events: the UCP Golf Classic Tournament. Held at the Wilshire Country Club, the Tournament sells out each year. This year, the tournament is pleased to welcome back Charlie Alfano. His Mercedes Benz dealership, Alfano Motorcars, Ltd. of San Luis Obispo (http://www.alfanomotorcars.com) will have a variety of the latest Mercedes Benz models featured on the three Hole-in-One opportunities in the tournament. Engaging features such as the Hole-in-One competitions, as well as a gourmet dinner and silent auction featuring luxury goods, have helped the UCP Golf Tournament become one of UCPLA’s highest grossing fundraisers.

“Without the strong support and fundraising efforts from our board members and sponsors, UCP of Los Angeles would not be able to maintain our quality programming and therapeutic services relying solely on the funding provided by government sources,” states Ronald S. Cohen, President and Chief Executive Officer for UCPLA. “Events like the UCP Golf Classic Tournament provide a measure of security for our programs and the individuals who benefit from them.”

Chaired since its inception in 1996 by Dr. and Mrs. Alan Kessler, the UCP Golf Classic Tournament has raised over $8 million to support UPCLA’s 40 programs and services, which are offered across five counties in Southern California. “My family and I are committed to supporting UCPLA’s vital programs,” said Dr. Kessler, Tournament Chair and UCPLA Board Member. “We are proud to participate in a 70-year tradition of families supporting the pivotal programs and services offered by UCPLA.”

The Title Sponsors for this year’s tournament are Hancock Park Associates and The Macdonald Foundation. UCPLA is grateful to welcome back sponsors who have lent their generous support for the last 15 years: David V. Adams, City National Bank, Michael J. Fourticq, Sr., Hancock Park Associates, Sheryl & Michael Glowacki, Rod Hagenbuch, Donald & Maureen Binder, George Harb, Dr. & Mrs. Alan Kessler, Ronald Levenson, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Miller, David & Fern Bryman, Edward Phillips, Derek Rogers, Merrill Lynch.

About United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) operates over 40 program sites throughout five counties in Southern California and has extended its mission to serve all people with developmental disabilities. These programs include adult day activity centers, children’s programs, community living support services, group homes and independent living apartments. UCPLA provides services to over 1,100 children and adults with developmental disabilities daily. For more information on UCPLA visit our website at: http://www.ucpla.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/ucpla.

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