July 26-27, 2015

Zak!Charity Open Raises More than $5 Million

In the past 16 years, the Zak!Charity Open has become one of the top charity events in the Spokane area by continually growing and imporving and reaching new heights. This year, the Zak!Charity Open surpassed yet another milestone by raising a total of more than $5 million since its inception.

"When we started this event, I don't think anyone involved with it ever imagined we could get to a place where we could say we raised $5 million. It was an unthinkable milestone at the time, and now, here we are," said Irv Zakheim, founder of the evnt. "It shows how much you can accomplish when you have so many dedicated people and such a generous community who come together to help kids who need a little hope in their lives."

The 16th Annual Zak!Charity Open took place July 26-27 and raised more than $565,000 to benefit the Rypien Foundation and its mission to help bring hope to local children who are battling cancer. With this ear's proceeds, the Zak!Charity Open has raised more than $5.2 million to benefit local children's charities.

In addition to the dinner and auction at Northern Quest Resort & Casino and the premier golf tournament at Manito Golf & Country Club, this year's event also included the presentation of a pair of awards that highlighted the generosity and courage of teh recipients. the Dan Fitzgerald humanitarian Award that was establised in honor of the giving nature of teh former Gonzaga basketball coach and was presented this year to Bob McConkey who has selflessly ddicated his time and auctioneering skill to the Zak!Charity Open since 2005 when the dinner and auction was added to the two-day event.

This year, the Zak!Charity Open also presented the inaugural Sheldon Maul Courage Award established in honor of Sheldon Maul, who despite his cancer diagnosis, never failed to inspire others with his love, laughter, and courage. The inaugural award was presented to Jayme Hayford who began battling cancer when she was in Kindergarten but has never allowed the disease to define her to prevent her from bringing joy and hope to all those around her.

"These two individuals really define what this event is all about," Zakheim said. "As proud as I am of the milestone we reached this year, that accomplishment pales in comparison to how honored I was to present these two inspiring individuals with the awards that recognized the selflessness and courage they have demonstrated for years."

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