Annual Golf Tournament a Great Success

June 14, 2017 ~ The 21st Annual Olathe Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) Golf Classic was an unprecedented success, raising more than $117,000 for Olathe students and teachers. Funds raised during the annual tournament provide innovative classroom grants, educator and certified staff excellence awards, and funding that helps to meet the needs of Olathe kids.

More than 300 golfers and volunteers came together on June 8 at Prairie Highlands on a beautiful day on the links. Olathe students were the clear winners as teams from across Kansas City gathered to compete and have fun.

"We absolutely want to thank our sponsors and volunteers for their outstanding support of Olathe students," OPSF Executive Director Cindy VonFeldt said. "The funds raised are an important component in bridging the gap between an adequate education and an excellent one."

This year's tournament sponsors include presenting sponsor Olathe Health. Corporate sponsors were CBIZ, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Consolidated Communications, Delta Services, Garmin, Hollis + Miller/Stantec, Lennox, Piper Jaffray, and State Farm Insurance – Debbie Swinney, Jason Parker, Harlan Parker. Special sponsors included Lifetouch, Mainstreet Credit Union, Robert Brogden Buick GMC, and Shawnee Mission Health.

The Olathe Public Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Olathe students by connecting financial, in-kind and volunteer resources to Olathe Public Schools. To learn more, go to

golfers wait in carts The morning golf flight sat patiently in their carts before heading out to the course. For the past several years the tournament has required a morning and afternoon flight to accommodate the large number of golfers.
golfer prepares to tee off Beautiful weather was one of many highlights of this year’s tournament.
photo sign of interim superintendent Interim Superintendent Pat All’s photo captured golfers’ attention on one hole. The goal was to land the ball closest to the superintendent and win a prize.
golfer swings club

Golfers in each flight received two meals and had a chance to win prizes in a variety of contests. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ALL Fund for financially struggling students who wish to attend college, classroom grants, the Wimmer Student Care Fund supporting vulnerable students, and backpacks and school supplies to help students start the year.

Photos by Maria Gregorio