Nonprofit Waymakers raised $80,000 to support at-risk youth during annual golf tournament

Waymakers teed off during its 36th annual Swing For Kids Charity Golf Tournament presented by John Jory Corp. on May 16 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. More than 144 golf enthusiasts, community members, and Waymakers’ supporters took a swing and raised over $80,000 to benefit Waymakers’ Counseling and Support Programs. 

This year’s event was co-chaired by Greg Tippin, senior managing director, Newmark Knight Frank, and John Jory, president, Radiation Protection & Specialties, both longtime supporters of the nonprofit’s work. 

Milwaukee Tools’ Rolex Hole-In-One opportunity was an event highlight as attendees put their golf skills to the test in support of the emergency crisis and intervention programs that Waymakers offers to youth, families, and individuals facing conflict and crisis. 

Live and silent auction packages were up for bid at the dinner following the golf tournament, featuring a Kauai vacation at the Pono Kai Resort, Angels Diamond Club Tickets, and a stay at the Pelican Hill Resort with golf. 

Nonprofit Waymakers golfers

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Ed Reitkopp, Jon Setoguchi, and Hugh Lee from Irvine-based law firm Atkinson, Andelson, Loya Ruud & Romo

All golf tournament proceeds directly benefit Waymakers and its programs. These services include: sheltering children ages 11-17 who are homeless, runaway, abused or those struggling with mental illness; supporting victims of crime and surviving family members as they learn to cope with the aftermath of crime; counseling families and youth through individual group and family therapy, academic support, job/career readiness, life skills and aftercare, offering lasting solutions to complex problems; and mediation services to help individuals experiencing conflict resolve their concerns and education programs that help Orange County residents lead healthier and safer lives.

The 36th annual Swing for Kids Golf Tournament sponsors included John Jory Corp., Purus Wealth Management, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Swinerton, Alert Insulation, City National Bank, Commercial Scaffolding Inc., Hackney Electric, Howard Building Corp., K2 General Contractors, Kaiser Permanente, Newmark Knight Frank, Pacific Western Bank, Radiation Protection & Specialties, Sage View Advisory Group, and Taber Company. 

Since opening in 1972, Waymakers has offered individuals, families, and communities the steadiest, surest, and safest means to positive outcomes. The staff and volunteers of Waymakers are focused on creating an environment where individuals facing conflict and crisis can make choices, which lead to strength and stability. 

Through crisis and intervention programs, Waymakers aim to achieve: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, school dropout prevention, and a path back from the trauma of crime victimization. 

For more information on the Waymakers’ 36th Annual Swing For Kids Charity Golf Tournament, visit