DEARBORN — As the 25th Annual Henry Ford College Mike Adray Memorial Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser approaches May 18 at the Dearborn Country Club, the HFC Foundation actively seeks sponsors in an effort to help raise money for students who would not otherwise receive a college education.
A continental breakfast will be available at 6 a.m. Morning golfer registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The silent auction begins at 7 a.m. and continues throughout the day, closing at 7 p.m. The morning round shotgun will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
Afternoon golf registration opens at noon and the afternoon round shotgun begins at 1 p.m. Entertainment, along with wine tasting and appetizers, will be provided at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Interested golfers may sign up for the morning round for $200 or the afternoon round for $250. Signup includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as the chance to participate in all evening activities – including the wine tasting (for an extra charge), the silent auction and the entertainment.
Entertainment and dinner-only tickets are available for $75.
This year, the golf tournament celebrates its silver anniversary at the DCC, 800 N. Military. The presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year is Enertron, LLC, based in Warren. The benefactor sponsor is the Adray Family Foundation.
“Enertron supports this event because we feel giving back to students who are working hard to achieve their education but perhaps are facing some financial challenges along the way is the right thing to do” Enertron owner and manager Joe LaFrance said. “We’ve had the good fortune of hiring many HFC students, all of whom have made a positive impact on our organization. Other corporate partners should consider sponsoring this event. By doing so, they will also reap the benefits for many years as Enertron has.”
To date, the tournament has raised more than $1.2 million in scholarship funds. This event is the foundation’s largest and most comprehensive fundraising event to help area high school students receive the means to attend college.
The tournament provides funding for 100 scholarships of $1,000 each.
For those interested in sponsorships (which start at $500) for the event, go to www.adraygolf.com/be-a-sponsor.
“First and foremost, this day of golfing and giving could change a student’s life – that’s why we’re here. We need to support our students in their academic endeavors,” HFC President Stan Jensen said. “With college tuition rates continuing to rise every year, that makes it very difficult for even the most gifted of students to attain an education. By donating to this worthwhile cause, you can make a world of difference in a student’s life.”
One such student is Hector Ochoa, of Detroit. Ochoa will graduate from HFC in 2016 with an associate’s degree in General Science. He plans to transfer to the University of Michigan, where he’ll major in Physics.
Ochoa is grateful to receive a scholarship, which came about because of the Adray Tournament.
“When I learned I was awarded my scholarship, it was a good thing that came at a good time,” Ochoa said. “It took the heat off me. I, for one, am very appreciative for all the donors. My scholarship was a blessing.”
Last year’s tournament raised more than $64,000. The goal this year is to raise more than $80,000 in scholarship support.
The Mike Adray Memorial Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser honors the legacy of Mike Adray and his family, who owned Adray Appliance, Photo and Sound in Dearborn. The first store opened in 1955 and expanded to other stores in the area throughout the years.
As the business grew, the Adray family shared their success by sponsoring numerous athletic teams, leagues and charitable opportunities in the area for the benefit of the children and the community.
For further information, call 313-845-9620 or go to www.adraygolf.com.