Couple gives back through golf

Scott and Julie Mawaka (center), pictured with supporters at their annual golf outing in August.

Some people might find watching a golf tournament on TV relaxing. Not Scott and Julie Mawaka. A televised event inspired the Hudson couple to create a foundation and organize their own golf tournament to raise money and awareness for local charities. That was in 2004; In August, the Scott & Julie Mawaka Charitable Foundation hosted its 10th Annual Golf Outing at Shaker Heights Country Club.

Over the years, family, friends, and colleagues of the Mawakas’ have generously pitched in with sponsorships, raffle prizes, and participated in golf and dinner. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the golf outing are HeArt Inc., The Feel-Good Foundation, The Geauga County Habitat for Humanity and The ALS Association.

In honor of their two young daughters, the Mawakas selected Youth Challenge to be the beneficiary beginning in 2009. In five years, the Scott & Julie Mawaka Charitable Foundation Golf Outing has raised over $115,000 to benefit the children of Youth Challenge. Scott Mawaka, Chairman and CEO of Fleet Response in Independence, recently presented a check for $25,000 from this year’s outing to Youth Challenge founder and Executive Director, Mary Sue Tanis.

“The continuous generosity of Scott and Julie Mawaka through the Mawaka Charitable Foundation means so much to Youth Challenge,” says Tanis. “Their support empowers Youth Challenge to create high quality accessible sports opportunities to each child we serve.”

Youth Challenge is a nonprofit that provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to children with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play, socialize and have fun. Programs and transportation are offered at no charge. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights. 

For more information, visit youthchallengesports.com.

Kathy Rigdon

is the Media Specialist for Youth Challenge in Westlake.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:33 AM, 10.01.2013