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First Annual Junior Achievement Golf Classic Raises $138,000 for San Diego Kids

October 02, 2013

More than 80 golfers supported the nonprofit at The Grand Golf Club

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego County hosted its 1st Annual JA Golf Classic presented by San Diego Fluid System Technologies. Over 80 supporters of Junior Achievement’s mission—empowering young people to own their economic success—gathered for a day out at The Grand Golf Club. The participants raised more than $138,000 for JA’s financial literacy programs offered to over 50,000 kids each year.

The golf tournament featured “hole-in-one” contests with opportunities to win prizes such as $1 million dollars, $25,000 and two-year lease on Porsche’s 911. Cocktail reception, silent auction and barbeque-style buffet followed after at The Grand Del Mar’s Club M. Auction items included a New York City package featuring “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” tickets, Travis Mathew gift cards, admission to Farmers Invitational Open at Torrey Pines, Ramona Winery tour, Callaway bags and clubs and much more. 

Kevin Acee, a U-T TV sports reporter, hosted the evening program, and the auctioneer Mark Schustrin fired up the audience with the live auction items such as SeaDream yacht cruise, Villa Santaluz stay and a signed Phil Mickelson 2006 Masters Flag.

Companies who have joined the fundraising event included Baker Electric Solar, PacTrust Bank, San Diego EDC, Union Bank, Dowling & Yahnke, Procopio, Balfour Beatty, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, The B.E.S.T CEO Group, University Mechanical, San Diego Fluid System Technologies, Jack in the Box, DLA Piper, Deloitte, U-T San Diego and T.W. Ruban Group.

All proceeds from the event went to Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship programs for kids in grades kindergarten through 12th.

Please see photo highlights from the event on JA Flickr page.  

Learn more about Junior Achievement of San Diego County at


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO, INC. works locally to reach 52,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year, which takes thousands of volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit

About San Diego Fluid System Technologies
San Diego Fluid System Technologies has been the independent Swagelok® sales and service center in southernmost California since 1958. The company proudly supports Junior Achievement of San Diego and Father Joe’s Villages.  To achieve its’ mission of delivering exceptional customer experiences, the company operates on the core values of integrity, quality, respect, innovation, continuous improvement and customer focus. It provides fluid system solutions to companies in the power, alternative fuels, oil and gas, semiconductor, biopharmaceutical and shipbuilding industries. In addition to Swagelok products, the Custom Solutions center provides fabrication services and other customized assemblies. For more information, visit the company’s website at

About Baker Electric Solar (BES) 
Escondido-based NB Baker Electric, Inc., dba Baker Electric Solar, designs, builds and installs photovoltaic solar power systems for new and existing homes and commercial facilities across Southern California. Baker Electric Solar offers multiple financing options including a fixed monthly payment lease. BES is a BBB accredited business with an A+ rating. BES is a 2012 Inc. 500|5000 company and one of San Diego’s 2012 Fastest Growing Private Companies. In addition, BES is San Diego’s first SunPower Elite Dealer and 2011 SunPower Regional Residential Dealer of the Year. For more information, visit