Golf tournament raises $500,000 for charities
Donations to have lasting influence
Hayward, Calif. – This year, the Northern California/Nevada Area served as host for Waste Management’s Annual Charity
Golf Tournament, during which 38 service providers — including McNeilus, Cascade and Wastequip — donated up to
$50,000 each to play golf at the Stonebrae PGA golf course.
Participants were brought together through WM’s procurement department and invited to play alongside President and
CEO David Steiner, as well as other members of the senior leadership team. In total, the tournament raised $500,000 for
six Alameda County community-based organizations:
- Alameda County Community Food Bank — $95,000 toward the purchase of a truck for food distribution.
- Chabot Space and Science Center — $95,000 to create an environmental education exhibit.
- Cypress Mandela Training Center — $65,000 to expand its green jobs training program with an emphasis on
reclamation and reuse of construction materials.
- Friends of Oakland Parks & Rec — $75,000 to improve recreation facilities in East Oakland.
- The YMCA of the East Bay — $80,000 to underwrite We Dig the Y: Urban Garden/ Healthy Eating Initiative
and a separate anti-bullying prevention program.
- East Bay Community Foundation — $90,000 to establish a donor fund directed by WM to support other
community projects in the future.
Following the tournament, 160 vendor representatives, along with local WM staff, gathered at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley
for the donation awards dinner. While there, guests were treated to a brief video produced by WM Communications Specialist
Joe Camero, as well as another video that introduced each of the charities.
All nonprofits were chosen for their commitment to the environment, healthy living and green jobs (along with their proposed use
of the funds). During the ceremony, organizations were surprised with a check revealing the amount of the donation.
Golf tournament raises $500,000 for charities Donations to have lasting influence “When we saw the size of the gift we were simply
floored,” said Alexander Zwissler, CEO of Chabot Space and Science, in a letter to David Steiner. “Know that this money will be put
to good use furthering our efforts in informal science education here in Oakland.” Helping to shape that effort will be Area Vice
President Barry Skolnick, who will serve on Chabot’s Leadership Council.
More surprises came during the event when the CEO of Rush/Paccar, a commercial fleet provider, was so moved by the Alameda
County Community Food Bank story that he offered to donate a truck to the organization. A bin manufacturer also offered to donate
“Their gestures captured the enthusiasm felt by everyone in attendance,” said Karen Stern, communications manager for WM. “Our
presence in the community will be felt for years to come.”
Photo : Nonprofit representatives, along with President & CEO David Steiner, Area Vice President Barry Skolnick, Director of
Government and Community Relations David Tucker and Communications Manager Karen Stern.