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Teeing off for a good cause, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia will hit the links for The Rotary Club of Dallas’ annual Back The Blue Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 6, from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. at Prestonwood at the Creek Golf Club (15909 Preston Rd., Dallas 75248). The tournament – which is presented by Courtney Underwood – benefits Safer Dallas, a nonprofit devoted to supporting the Dallas Police Department and public safety. Event co-chairs are Dana Devance and Chris Glaubitz.

The morning kicks off with check-in and the silent auction at 10 a.m. followed by lunch for all participants at 11 a.m. Shotgun start is at noon and a post-tourney happy hour is planned for 5 p.m. followed by the awards banquet and dinner with keynote speaker Chief Garcia at 6 p.m. (Guest check-in for the banquet opens at 5 p.m. and the silent auction closes at 6 p.m.)

Guests can also bid on a variety of “Back the Blue”-themed items during the banquet’s live and silent auctions – from a police officer ride-along and helicopter ride, to dinner with the police chief, to signed memorabilia, gift baskets and more.

Team tournament awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and individual awards will be presented for the following contests: hit the green, closest to the pin, longest drive and straightest drive.

Registration is open for individuals and foursomes. Individual golfers are $225, and foursomes are $800. Tickets to the banquet dinner are $35 per person. Table sponsorships are available for $300.

The mission of Safer Dallas is to protect citizens from becoming victims of crime through a unique partnership with the Dallas Police Department. The Rotary Club of Dallas’ mission is to tackle local and international issues that are important to the Dallas community and the world through community service, humanitarian projects, fellowship and more.

“To date Safer Dallas has raised over $21 million to support our Dallas Police Department,” said Heather Stevens, Safer Dallas Board of Trustee and member of the Rotary Club of Dallas. “Safer Dallas relies on the tournament and the board of trustee's efforts to raise funds that allow for the continued support of our Dallas Police. Proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit the Mounted Patrol among other items.”

In addition to presenting sponsor Courtney Underwood, other major sponsors of the Back The Blue Charity Golf Tournament include The SANE Initiative; Turner Stone; DeVance Electronic Lifestyle; Happy State Bank and Trust; Burrows Capital Advisors; Rise 360; Cotton Wealth Management Associates, LLC; Independence Flooring and Renovations; Smith Mack, LLC; The Dallas Foundation; Istation; Charity Golf International; and Brent Holtz, State Farm

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For sponsorship information, call 469-279-3857. For tournament information, call 214-742-5451 or go to dallasrotarycharitygolf.org.

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF DALLAS
The mission of The Rotary Club of Dallas is to provide service to others, to identify and support humanitarian projects, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. For more information, go to dallasrotary.org.

ABOUT SAFER DALLAS
Safer Dallas, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2005 by community leaders Jack Hammack and Charles Terrell who pledged to seek solutions and funding necessary to make Dallas the safest large city in America. The mission of Safer Dallas is to protect citizens from becoming victims of crime through a unique partnership with the Dallas Police Department. Our goal is to play an important role in decreasing crime rates through leadership training and improved access to equipment and technology for the men and women in blue. During the past 16 years, Safer Dallas has funded Project Starlight, iWatch Dallas, DPD to You(th) Summer Jobs Program, Caruth Police Institute, neighborhood security cameras, bait cars, narcotics dogs, sexual assault programs, body cameras, and various other initiatives. Every dollar donated to Safer Dallas from the Charity Golf Tournament is used to support the Dallas Police Department and their needs that are not funded by the city. For more information, go to saferdallas.com.