Foundation's Golf Event Is a Real Winner

Participants in the 16th annual ABHOW Foundation Golf Classic come together to support a great cause and have a good time.

Perfect weather and great facilities greeted participants in the 16th annual ABHOW Foundation Golf Classic at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif., on Sept. 24.

“It was a super tournament,” says Al Salottolo, a foundation board member who returned for a second year as tourney chair.

According to Salottolo, 130 golfers played the course. Non-golfers enjoyed spa activities provided by the Claremont Hotel, served as volunteers on the course or helped with the fundraising auctions.

For the second consecutive year, the tournament netted more than $100,000. The money raised will be used to enhance resident life at ABHOW’s more than 30 affordable housing communities and future campuses.

The Foundation provides grants that pay for community improvements such as buses for transportation, outdoor furniture and other amenities.

This year’s live auction, the event’s fundraising centerpiece, featured five travel getaways; three food extravaganzas, each hosted by an ABHOW community executive chef; and two sets of fine wines. One set of wine was supplied by Beringer, which provided the wine served during tournament meals for the second straight year.

Travel-and-hotel packages auctioned included a beach getaway in Sandpiper Bay, Fla.; a golf and sailing combination in Monterey Bay, Calif.; a Morro Bay, Calif., getaway; a Maui trip; and a three-day, two- night Silver Legacy package in Reno, Nev.

The food events will be hosted by chefs from California ABHOW communities. Jamie West of Valle Verde in Santa Barbara, a Culinary Institute of America graduate with 30 years of experience, and Stephen Love of Plymouth Village in Redlands, who trained with New Hampshire-based chef Scott Ouellette, will each provide a dinner for 10. Anthony Radford of The Terraces of Los Gatos, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, will provide a cocktail party for 30.

The 100 items listed in the silent auction included two bottles of Cakebread wine signed by winemaker Jack Cakebread, tickets to the Marin Symphony and a NFL Hall of Fame football autographed by coach John Madden on the day of his induction.

Ancel Romero, ABHOW’s senior vice president for affordable housing, and David Grant, senior vice president and general counsel, toured the links in a golf cart to offer refreshments to participants and say they heard many complimentary remarks along the way. Golfers reported that ABHOW team members were very attentive, provided a wonderful opportunity for fellowship during the post-tournament dinner and offered excellent items for auction.
Salottolo says he is already lining up sponsors and auction items for next year.

“You’ve got to start right away,” he says. “We’re proud to raise money to support our ABHOW communities, including the new ones we look forward to adding in the next year.”


Founded in 1949, ABHOW is widely known for its pioneering leadership in senior housing and health care. The company serves more than 5,000 residents in 42 retirement communities in California, Arizona, Nevada and Washington.

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This article appears in the October 2012 issue of ABHOW Words.