by Claudia Richter – Katy Times Staff Writer
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If the success of the first-ever Chris Saiz Point the Way Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is any indication of the community support of the young foundation, it is off to a great start.
Held recently at the River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy, the tournament raised more than $50,000 that will be used as scholarships for local students with dreams of continuing their education after graduating from high school, but are in need of some financial assistance.
The foundation was formed last May in honor of Chris Saiz, a much-loved Cinco Ranch High School junior who was tragically killed in a car accident this past December, just before his 17th birthday.
Shortly after the foundation was established, three local area students received scholarship funds to assist with their college expenses.
Saiz was a star basketball player and high achieving student at Cinco Ranch High who had dreams of playing basketball in college and achieving his academic goals.
“Magda and I are overwhelmed and humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support and participation from the Katy community. It is really appreciated,” said Chris’ father, Michael Saiz.
With the funds raised, Saiz says the foundation is well positioned to double the scholarship awards for high school seniors from the class of 2013.
In addition to the 150 golfers who attended the event, several Katy-area businesses stepped up to contribute to the tournament. WHICH WICH provided a delicious box lunch, Mission Burrito was on hand with snacks, Orange Leaf Yogurt donated refreshing frozen yogurt, and Stadia Sports Grill served a sit down meal for the golfers to enjoy during the evening program.
Golfers and guests were also wined and dined compliments of Ferdie Dupuis of Frank’s International and refreshments sponsored by Global Data Systems, and Ooh La La Dessert Boutique.
Emcee Todd Freed, Sports Director/Host of KUBE-57 TV, also lent his talents to present the program, introducing a film about Chris Saiz and the foundation that was a gift from local filmmaker Ken Kosub, of LimeLight Films. The film, shot mostly at Cinco Ranch High School, features friends and coaches of Chris and Cinco Ranch High School Principal James Cross, along with photos from the candlelight vigil held at the school, and family photos. The film can be viewed on the foundation’s web sitewww.chrissaizpointthewayfoundation.org.
Special guests for the day included Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey and Mayor Pro-Tem for The City of Katy Fabol Hughes and his wife Paula.
The foundation offered up a special thanks to Lars Gustafson, of Katy’s Alpha Graphics for printing the programs and for a multitude of others who helped make the event such a rousing success.
The mission of the Chris Saiz Point the Way Foundation is to provide financial assistance through scholarships to graduating high school seniors seeking a college education. For more information about The Chris Saiz Point the Way Foundation, visit www.chrissaizpointhewayfoundation.org.