Members of Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS) cheered after learning that H5 Financial’s Chip in for Education FORUS Golf Tournament had raised $16,723.

The tournament, presented by H5 Financial on behalf of the nonprofit FORUS, was held at Mt. Woodson Golf Club on Friday, June 17. FORUS’ mission is to raise funds for health and safety projects in schools in Ramona. The group targeted $14,011 of tournament proceeds for an intercom system at Barnett Elementary School.

“FORUS greatly appreciates Shelly Heimer and the staff at H5 Financial, Mt. Woodson Golf Course, and all of the sponsors and community members who came out to play golf and lend their support at the annual Chip in for Education Golf Tournament” , said Kevin Barger, Chairman of the Board of FORUS. .

Barger said the FORUS family includes the Ramona community and all schools in the Ramona Unified School District.

“You live, work and play in this community, and you see these children grow, learn and develop as human beings and as members of the community,” Barger said. “It is only fitting that we at FORUS are doing everything in our power to help schools and the community by ensuring that our schools are as safe and suitable as possible for our children. After all, we are FORUS: for our community, for our children, for our families.

With one exception, Shelly Heimer, owner of H5 Financial, has presented a Chip in for Education golf tournament on behalf of FORUS every June since 2015. The exception was 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic ended events community.

This year’s Chip in for Education fundraiser attracted 101 golfers. Check in was at 7am and shotgun check out at 8am. Each golfer received a lunch bag. Hole sponsors set up tables at each of the 18 holes, providing treats or fun games to golfers as they played the course. Volunteers from Montessori Children’s House and Children’s Elementary donated the $304 they raised at their table by offering games of Yahtzee to passing golfers.

Silent auction items and an opportunity raffle raised more money. When Daisy Toth, Escondido resident and tournament golfer, learned she had won $672 in the raffle, she declined it, saying, “Give it back to the kids.”

Heimer gave everyone a pizza at the end of the tournament, as Perry Dotson, Mt. Woodson’s head professional, tallied the scores for the 24 teams. The trophies went to the top teams, with the first place trophy for the team with the lowest score – 53 – going to Mark Engel, Ashley Dunlap, Mike Parenti and Bill Pavlick.

Heimer presented plaques to major event sponsors, with special thanks to platinum sponsor United Wholesale Mortgage (UHM), headquartered in Michigan. UHM has sponsored the tournament every year since its inception, Heimer said, with senior account manager Lara Chehab, whose birthday was the day of the tournament, and account manager Anthony Shlemon traveling from Michigan to participate.

The sons of gold receiving plaques were Basil and Brenda McGuiness, Rancho Land Co. and luncheon sponsor Ramona Dental.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to 18 hole sponsors: Montessori Children’s House and Montessori Children’s Elementary, Mark Thomas Co., Realtor Kevin Justice, Brenda McGuinness, Home Control/ADT Dealer, Kind Lending/Ramona VFW, Juanita Cox Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Oakwood Escrow, Realtor Justin Shaw, H5 Financial, Tarrah Roane TC Real Estate, Farmers Insurance, Basil, ACM Consulting, OCS Lighting, Realtor Karen Domnitz, Poortinga and Associates and Uptown Boutique/Ball Park Printing .

FORUS holds meetings the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month during the school year at 6 p.m. at the Nico Diaz Center at Montecito High School, 720 Ninth St. All are welcome. For more information, contact Barger at [email protected].