A three-day golf tournament could have a lifelong impact on some USA Properties Fund residents.
Geoff Brown, President of USA Properties, participated Sept. 27-29 in the Sacramento Capital Cup, a golf tournament where company executives in the region collect donations for their favorite nonprofit organization and also compete for a share of a $55,000 pot to the winning team.
The Capital Cup raised more than $1.9 million this year, easily exceeding the previous record of $1.4 million in 2018. More than two-dozen nonprofits will benefit from the tournament.
Brown raised almost $134,000 for the JB Brown Fund, an organization that helps low-income residents at many of USA Properties' affordable apartment communities achieve their dreams or deal with a financial emergency. Company employees, partners, contractors and vendors donated to the JB Brown Fund as part of the tournament.
Brown earned an additional $8,250 as the captain of the 16-player River City Dawgs team, which won the Ryder Cup-like tournament by one point. Overall, Brown raised more than $142,000 for the JB Brown Fund – named after his late father, the founder of USA Properties – during the Capital Cup.
His donations collected were among the largest of the 32 players participating in the Capital Cup. Six golfers, including Brown, raised more than $100,000.
Those dollars will help USA Properties residents attend college, participate in youth sports or get much-needed financial assistance for an unexpected emergency. The JB Brown Fund has awarded more than 260 higher education scholarships and 620 youth sports scholarships, with another 300 residents receiving money for unexpected emergencies, such as new hearing aids or vehicle repairs.
The Capital Cup has raised more than $5.4 million during the first five years, increasing every year. Sixty-five golfers have supported 45 charities during that five-year period.
“The Capital Cup has become the second-largest fundraising event in the Sacramento region,” said Brown during the awards ceremony after the final day of the tournament at the Granite Bay Golf Club. “It's so much more than a golf tournament. We are changing lives and making a difference, thanks to the players' fundraising efforts for their nonprofits and everyone who donates.”
The business leaders who compete – and raise funds – for local nonprofits are “golfers second, philanthropists first,” said event organizer and golfer Curt Rocca of DCA Partners.
“This is a very caring and giving community,” said business executive and golfer Roger Akers, Managing Partner of Akers Capital LLC.
Learn more about the JB Brown Fund and how you can help.