Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted over 100 golfers Friday at the sold-out 25th Annual Michael Salarno Memorial Golf Tournament.
The yearly event took place at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln and featured a day of golf, games, a dinner, a raffle and a silent auction, all benefiting the Catina Rose Memorial Scholarship program.
During the dinner Harriet Salarno, chair of Crime Victims United, and Nina Salarno Ashford, of Ashford and Strasser, reflected on past year's scholarship recipients and introduced the four 2014 awardees, listed below:
- Yannick Ofoe of Sacramento, Calif.
- Alex Beauregard of Burbank, Calif.
- Rianna Reed of Roseville, Calif.
- Kelsey Hamlett of Spring Valley, Calf.
Pictured below (from left to right) are Yannick (striped tie) and Alex (plaid shirt).
Upon receiving her scholarship, Rianna Reed, pictured below in the purple dress), said she was grateful to Crime Victims United and various law enforcement groups for supporting her on her journey to recovery.
"I just want to say that, as a young girl, it's always been my dream to go to college and for a long time I did not think I would have the opportunity to go to college," said Rianna. "I come from a low-income family and after the abuse that lasted two years, I thought I would never recover.
"However, with the support of my friends, my family, the Roseville Poilce Department, the Placer County District Attorney's Office and Crime Victims United I am able to go to college and pursue my dream of becoming a prosecution attorney. I am majoring in Criminal Justice and I just want to say that I think I speak for all victims and survivors when I say that if we did not have Crime Victims United we would not be able to pursue our dreams. I am very thankful for that and thankful to the entire Salarno family and everyone who is a part of Crime Victims United."
Kelsey Hamlett and her family with Harriet Salarno.
In addition to the scholarship winners, Crime Victims United also awarded Auburnite, Dr. Monty Peterson, with the organization's Trench Worker Award, which recognizes an especially dedicated volunteer.
Shar Corby of the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation in Sacramento also received a special award for her 20 years of friendship and dedication to Crime Victims United.
Harriet Salarno said she felt the tournament and dinner went exceptionally well and is confident next year's event, which takes place on Oct. 9, 2015 will be even bigger and better.
She added that she would like to invite all of the foundation's supporters to the next event, Crime Victims United's Annual Victims Dinner, which is set to take place on April 21 at the Embassy Suites in Sacramento.