If you weren’t able to make it out to the Chief For A Day tournament at the golf course on Saturday, you missed an afternoon full of fun and adventure. Not only was the sun out but there was plenty of food, fun, and good spirits… and golf of course! It was inspiring to see the turn out at the tournament and the community participation come together. If you were at the tournament you probably enjoyed either participating in a team for the tournament, or placed a bid in the silent auction, or maybe you let your kids color a golf ball and play in the bouncy house. Overall, the activities available throughout the day were far from few.
The Chief For A Day program was created to help enrich the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or life-threatening medical disease. It is the mission of the Yakima, Wapato, and Selah Police Departments to help the children forget about their illness, even if for a short amount of time. The tournament helped raise funds for the winners of those selected for Chief For A Day program and their families. This year Adriel Gonzalez, 11, of Yakima; Kylee Ramsey, 7, of Selah; and 8-year-old Carlos Hernandez of Wapato were chosen as the winners of Chief For A Day.
It was truly a blessing to see not only the children, but their families at the tournament. We were humbled to see their bravery and happiness that was shown throughout their time at the golf course. During the tournament I had asked Carlos for his picture with his family members. He was practicing his throw at the ‘speed throw event’ where you could throw a softball and have the radar detect how fast you were throwing the ball. I asked if I could take his picture for the golf course and he simply replied and smiled, “of course!” As I went to take the picture he advised me that the picture should be taken in front of the speed cart. His passion and happiness was truly inspiring and brought a smile to my face. The picture below can only give a glimpse of the enlightenment of this young man.
Overall, all of us here at River Ridge were blessed to host such an enriching event. The Chief For A Day program brings together community and family throughout the valley to make a difference. Thank you for all who attended and participated.
Until next time,