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Golf tourney raises funds for local youth, families and memory of police officers

The Pierce County Peace Officers Benevolent Association (PCPOBA) will have its second annual golf tournament next Tuesday, June 11, at the Spring Valley Golf Course.

PCPOBA was incorporated in April 2003 as a private, non-stock charitable corporation. PCPOBA is governed by a board of directors. Meetings are held quarterly.

The association sprang from the desire of deputies Richard Johnson (retired) and Tom Gunderson to establish an organization that could support important educational and safety programs, particularly for local youth.

Johnson and Gunderson established the Pierce County Wagon Train fundraiser in 1996. The funds raised have been used to provide additional Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) classroom materials and scholarships for graduating seniors.

PCPOBA also provides assistance to local families who have experienced hardships, such as house fires or major medical expenses, and provides funds for local law enforcement agencies to host bike rodeos and other safety programs.

PCPOBA makes sure sworn officers are recognized for their service at the time of their death. Families of these men and women are given a United States flag in a custom flag box in recognition of their service to area communities.

Golf tournament organizers are trying to raise money for the cause. They have been going door-to-door to businesses to get hole sponsors, and charitable gift to raffle off. They also have raffles for a new Matthews bow and rifle.