Boyett’s Make Dreams Real fund gets $290,000 from golf tournament

John Sanders controls traffic at 10th and I streets as hundreds of classic cars roll through downtown Modesto during the American Graffiti Car Parade in June 2011.
John Sanders controls traffic at 10th and I streets as hundreds of classic cars roll through downtown Modesto during the American Graffiti Car Parade in June 2011. Modesto Bee file

The Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund got a $290,000 infusion during its annual golf tournament fundraiser at the Del Rio, Oakdale and Turlock golf and country clubs in May.

The fund was founded by the late Carl Boyett, CEO of Boyett Petroleum, and his family. His son and company President Dale Boyett is continuing his father’s legacy. The company underwrote the costs associated with the tournament and all revenues went directly into the fund, which has contributed more than $550,000 to children’s educational programs since its inception in 2009.

The next tournament is scheduled for May 18, 2017, at the Del Rio and Oakdale golf courses. Those interested in participating in any way can stay up to date with information by visiting the website at: makedreamsrealgolf.com or following the Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund on Facebook. Registration for the tournament is set to begin in February.

Any individuals or businesses interested in becoming event sponsors or anyone needing additional information may contact Boyett’s marketing director, Michelle Gill, at mgill@boyett.net or 209-577-6000.

The grant application period for Make Dreams Real will begin Feb. 1, 2017. At that time, grant applications can be downloaded from the Stanislaus Community Fund’s website at www.stanislauscf.org/receive/current-grant-cycles. Questions on the grant process can be answered by Gill.

Kiwanis’ Sanders honored by Rotary

John Sanders, who became the driving force behind the American Graffiti Car Parade and Show in Modesto, received Modesto Rotary Club’s 2015-16 Distinguished Service Award in a surprise presentation at a recent meeting. A member of North Modesto Kiwanis, he was invited to the Rotary meeting with other Kiwanians on the pretext that his club was being honored.

Sanders, a retired businessman, previously was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. Among his many activities, he was instrumental in starting the Modesto Concours d’Elegance (which later morphed into the Graffiti Car Show) and played a key role in bringing the Amgen Tour of California cycling race to Modesto for four years.

Civil Air Patrol cadets complete training course

Nine members of the local Civil Air Patrol were among the more than 200 who spent eight days at and completed the California Wing Encampment last month in San Luis Obispo.

They studied Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force topics, aerospace education and emergency services, and participated in a military obstacle course, riflery, physical fitness and other activities. The local cadets attending included: Elizabeth Benavente, 13, of Modesto; Nicholas Desomma, 13, of Turlock; Gino Estrella, 13, of Modesto; AnneMarie Fiori, 14, of Modesto; Nicholas Hahn, 15, of Hughson; Lucas Hardy, 13, of Oakdale; Zoe Hines, 14, of Modesto; Austin Kuesthardt, 15, of Modesto; and Domenica Spaner, 17, of Tracy.

Merced business honored for green tech practices

Label Technology of Merced was recognized by State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, as the 12th Senate District’s 2016 green business of the year. The recognition goes to businesses that use environmentally friendly practices. Cannella presented the award Thursday at the Merced Chamber of Commerce.

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