Published June 22, 1999
Volume 7, Number 6

Hacienda CEO Gives Flight to AngelWings

Spaces for both participants and hole sponsors are going quickly for the AngelWings Golf Tournament, to be held August 13 at Boundary Oaks Golf Club in Walnut Creek. 

AngelWings was founded in 1997 by Paul Rago, partner in Hacienda toy inventors Shoot the Moon and executive director of the non-profit. The charitable foundation benefits New Directions Counseling Center, a non-profit center offering low cost counseling services to the underprivileged. 

New Directions
Rago explains that the decision to start AngelWings was an easy one after he learned about the services that New Directions provides.

"It just sort of touched my heart," he says. "I never really thought about family counseling for the poor and it was never was put into perspective like it was right at that moment. Poor people can't afford it, there's not a lot of government agencies that do it for free, and the people who probably need it the most really can't access it." 

New Directions, located in Concord, provides counseling to people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties referred from such organizations as Children's Protective Services, the Rape Crisis Center, drug treatment centers, probation departments, physicians, schools, and churches. 

A Fun Fundraiser
This is the second year for the golf tournament, which got off to a great start last year. 

"We provide photos of all the foursomes in the tournament as well as other gifts," says Donna Martelli, event coordinator.

One of the most popular features of the tournament is provided by hole sponsors, who provide different treats for the golfers at each hole. Last year, hole sponsors donated a variety of tee prizes including refreshments, t-shirts, golf caps, balls, tees, and more.

More Information
The tournament is one of two events sponsored by AngelWings each year to benefit the New Directions Counseling Center in Concord. The other is a black tie gala held in the spring, with the next one to take place at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville.

"This year we're spending more time trying to get corporate sponsors to help us, because we can only do so much with these events," adds Rago.

For more information or to register for the AngelWings Golf Tournament, call Donna or Gina at (510) 799-3999. 


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