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What happens when you combine 450 golfers, 85 sponsors, 75 volunteers and a fierce commitment to helping children in crisis? Well, you raise $173,588 to be exact.

This year’s Boys & Girls Harbor Golf Invitational – powered by Shell Deer Park – was a huge success!

The tournament took place at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas on Aug. 29 and benefited Boys & Girls Harbor, which serves children in crisis who live in Harris County, Texas along with its surrounding counties.

“This year’s event would not have been successful without the tremendous support from Shell Deer Park and all of the site’s employees who worked so hard to make the event enjoyable for everyone who played in the tournament,” said Don Sweat, the CEO and president of Boys & Girls Harbor.

Tournament sets fundraising record

Shell Deer Park served as the presenting sponsor for this year’s tournament, which set a new fundraising record of $173,588. Last year’s tournament raised $131,000. All of the funds go directly to Boys & Girls Harbor. 

For children experiencing family hardship, neglect, abandonment or abuse, Boys & Girls Harbor provides a family environment in a home setting. Through its programs, Boys & Girls Harbor strives to help children learn to overcome self-destructive patterns, break cycles of abuse, develop social skills, learn responsibility, and work towards becoming healthy, happy and productive members of society.

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Funds help create a better future for children

Two Shell Deer Park employees – Toby and Eva Mendoza – played a key role in organizing this year’s event in collaboration with Boys & Girls Harbor, and they said the tournament holds a special place in their hearts.

“We were at the Boys & Girls Harbor office gathering some equipment in preparation for the tournament,” Toby said. “While we worked, we noticed a little boy waiting in the reception area and playing a video game.” 

“Out of the blue, he smiled at us. The innocence of this child, the circumstances that brought him to Boys & Girls Harbor and our wish for him to live a rich and fulfilling life, is why we’re dedicated to making this tournament as impactful as possible. If we can bring just one smile every day to these children’s lives, we have achieved success.”

Sweat couldn’t agree more. 

“Together with Shell, we’re creating a better tomorrow for our children,” he said. “Children represent our future – we have the opportunity to make it better than they ever could have imagined.”

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