Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic Raises Money for Scholarships
The 19th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic took place June 13 – 14 at the Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright Military Base near Fairbanks. The theme for the 2019 classic, which raises funds for Doyon Foundation scholarships, was “Tee Up For Scholars.” The two-day event included a skills tournament, Calcutta, banquet, and an 18-hole tournament, which featured 32 teams.
During the Calcutta, Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, and Aaron Schutt, Doyon, Limited president and CEO, spoke about the Foundation and what it means to have so many supporters of the golf classic. Then, Charlene Marth was recognized for volunteering at the tournament for 19 years and was gifted with a raven-themed art piece. Marth spoke about her uncle, the late Morris Thompson, and thanked everyone involved for their hard work and dedication to the tournament. She also talked about Morris Thompson’s legacy as a Native leader and what he did for the community. Calcutta attendees then bid on teams for a chance to win big from the tournament results.
The golf classic, which is Doyon Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, raises money for the Foundation’s Morris Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Since 2000, the Morris Thompson scholarship fund has awarded over $479,180 to Doyon shareholders and shareholder descendants pursuing higher education degrees full-time.
The event is held in memory of Doyon, Limited’s longest-serving president, Morris Thompson, who led Doyon from 1985 – 2000. Thompson, from Tanana, was one of Alaska’s most prominent business leaders, as an Alaska Native leader, corporate leader and political leader. He was known for using his wit, values and wisdom to heal, unite and lead. His lifelong commitment to bringing all Alaskans together in progress and prosperity made him a true bridge between cultures.
Congratulations to the 2019 tournament winners Rick Boyles, John McAbee, Scott Jepsen and Rick Schok, Jr., who ended their 18 holes at the Chena Bend Golf Course with a final score of 114.
Doyon thanks all the sponsors, players and volunteers for their commitment to education and for making the classic a great annual event to look forward to!