The Swing for First Responders golf tournament at River Crossing Club on December 6 raised more than $17,000 for local emergency service groups including the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, Bulverde/Spring Branch EMS, and the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department.
Several local businesses and individuals contributed time and resources to the event, including RCC member and retired NBA player “Iceman” George Gervin. More than 100 individuals played in the tournament, including 11 emergency response personnel.
According to River Crossing Club Director of Operations Cary Collins, 100 percent of the money raised will be invested back into the community through programs such as Operation Green Santa and equipment such as medication syringe pumps and vents, self-contained breathing apparatus, and air packs.
Collins said, “I am grateful for all of the sponsors, volunteers, and employees who worked so hard on this important fundraiser. The Patterson family, who owns River Crossing Club, donated the facilities for the day. The RCC Ladies’ Golf Association provided a potluck dinner, and the RCC Men’s Golf Association provided guest services.”
Since becoming the DOA for the club in 2010, Collins has made community involvement a priority. Although the RCC is a private club, the facility hosts a wide variety of non-member golf tournaments and special events.
Collins said, “River Crossing Club wanted to do something to benefit the River Crossing neighborhood and surrounding areas.”
RCC owner Charlie Patterson said, “River Crossing Club is proud to be part of a great community where everyone can enjoy a great day of golf with an atmosphere of appreciation for our first responders. I want to thank everyone who participated through donations and participation to bring about an amazing outcome.”