Santa Maria, CA—The 6th Annual Daniel Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament, held on July 11 at the Santa Maria Country Club, raised over $32,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County, a program of Family Service Agency. The tournament commemorates Senior Airman Daniel Johnson, who was killed in Afghanistan on October 5, 2010 during his second tour of duty. All proceeds benefit Big Brother Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County, a program near-and-dear to Mr. Johnson’s heart.
To honor Dan’s memory, his widow, Kristen Harlow Johnson, and her family created the Daniel Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. In the past six years, the Johnson and Harlow families have raised over $135,500 to support big brother and big sister mentors for at-risk children throughout Santa Barbara County.
“This tournament means so much to me and my family,” explained Kristen. “It is such an honor to host the tournament in Dan’s name and to have the community come out to honor him year after year. Seeing all the love and support for Dan is a reminder that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
The tournament was attended by over 80 golfers and was made possible with the sponsorship of Johnson’s family, friends and many local businesses, including Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Best Buy Auto Sales, The May Firm, Orton Construction, California Giant, Keithly Williams Seeds, Rabobank, Pat Dolan Champion Real Estate, Don and Pam Robinson, The Hopewell Diner, Extreme Plastics, Complete Energy Services, Fred and Jane Sweeney, Durant Harvest, Wellco Group, Matt Burton, Progressive Packaging, Bassett Rain Gutters and Construction, Western Village Health Club, Kathie Kelly, Sheree Gardner, Cornerstone Realty, L&C Consulting, Judy Johnson, Alex Madrigal, John Buras, Triplett & Sons, Avis Rentals, Adam Gardner and family, Bill and Tammie Johnson, Mammoth Ski Area, and Santa Maria Valley Crop Services.
Airman Johnson was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base as a member of the U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and was a volunteer Big Brother, paired with a nine-year-old boy at the time.
“We were very fortunate to have had Dan as a Big Brother,” said Sarah Rudd-Lawlor, Program Manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program of Family Service Agency. “He was passionate about the importance of providing at-risk children with a strong role model and a trusted friend. He mentored strength, courage, pride and honesty, and had a very positive impact on our program.”
ABOUT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Recognized as the single most effective prevention-based mentoring program in the United States, Big Brothers Big Sisters (a local program of Family Service Agency) provides children facing adversity with strong, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Last year, 220 youth throughout Santa Barbara County benefitted from the program – all children facing difficulties, many from homes with single-, low-income or incarcerated parents. Youth served through the program are more likely than their peers to succeed in school, make safer behavioral choices and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.
ABOUT FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY
Established in 1899, Family Service Agency has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County’s most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. FSA programs ensure access to food, shelter and other basic needs, as well as youth mentoring and a wide-array of mental health programs. Each year, nearly 20,000 Santa Barbara County residents receive services at FSA sites, as well as on school campuses, at community centers and in their homes.