First Annual Arouet Foundation Charity Golf Tournament Raises Funds to Help Women Gain a Second Chance at Life

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1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament helps incarcerated women receive educational opportunities, life-skills training and workplace readiness instruction

More than 60 golfers teed off for a good cause on Thursday, March 3, participating in the 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Arouet Foundation. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward helping incarcerated women in Arizona gain the skills they need to effectively reintroduce themselves to the workforce and positively contribute to our local communities.

The Arouet Foundation works with women who are currently incarcerated to provide educational opportunities, life-skills training and workplace readiness instruction. It also helps those who have already served their time with ongoing educational assistance, workforce development and job opportunities. Through its efforts, the Arouet Foundation significantly reduces recidivism rates and provides needed opportunities for women to re-enter community life as productive citizens. The funds raised at the tournament will directly support the Arouet Foundation’s “Transforming Our PossibilitieS” (T.O.P.S.) program. T.O.P.S. provides both professional skills training as well as programs geared towards personal growth and awareness. To date, more than 650 women have graduated from the program.

“We started the Arouet Foundation, with the help of Televerde, to prepare incarcerated women for life after prison,” said Shawn Lamb, Executive Director of the Arouet Foundation. “We are extremely proud of the women who have graduated from our program, and we are dedicated to continually driving our mission forward. We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our first Arouet Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, who have shown they believe in giving second chances where they are deserved.”

Held at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, major sponsors of the tournament included:

  • Title Sponsor: SAP
  • Lunch Sponsor: Hitachi Data Systems
  • Pro Player Sponsor: Televerde
  • General Sponsors: Giving Hope AZ, LYNX Technology Partners, Traction on Demand
  • Hole Sponsors: Adobe, GPS Insight, SiriusDecisions

Award winners included:

  • 1st Place: Jim Hooker, Televerde; Nathan Perry, Televerde; Justin Vogel, Televerde; Dave Duncan, Webroot; Kristin Parkinson, NetApp
  • Closest to the Pin: Nathan Perry, Televerde
  • Longest Drive: Scott Harkey, Owens Harkey Advertising

About the Arouet Foundation
The Arouet Foundation provides educational opportunities, life-skill training, and workplace readiness training for incarcerated women. Upon release from prison, the Arouet Foundation continues to work with the women by providing ongoing life-skills classes, educational opportunities and scholarships, and job search assistance. All women involved in the Foundation are sincere about working hard to change their lives in order to become productive citizens. As an Arizona Department of Corrections workforce development partner, Global Sales and Marketing Solutions Provider Televerde (http://www.televerde.com) provides financial support for the Arouet Foundation. For more information, please visit: http://www.arouetfoundation.org.

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