By Ellen Zoe Golden Photos courtesy Amigos de la Educación
After a couple years’ hiatus, Suzye Lawson, the co-founder of Amigos de la Educacion has decided to re-establish the popular Have-A-Heart golf tournament to benefit the organization that offers scholarships for children to obtain quality education.
This year, the tournament will take place at Hacienda Pinilla on February 24, with the Taste of Tamarindo restaurant sampling event set to take place at Pacific Park Condominiums later in the evening when the winners are announced.
“People were begging me to bring Have-A-Heart back,” explained Lawson.
“I was in PriceSmart in San Jose when someone came up to me to tell me they really missed the golf tournament. This is the 15th time we’ve put it on, it’s tried and true.”
As of 2017, Amigos uses money raised from its benefit events like this tournament to fund the scholarships of 9 Have-A-Heart golf tournament once again to benefit student scholarships Una nueva edición del torneo de golf Have-A-Heart a beneficio de becas escolares kids from the area. Three go to La Paz and 6 go to Educarte.
Students are selected for scholarships by recommendation from someone in education who see that the child has accelerated in Costa Rican schools. Just recently, Amigos has been working with scholarship coordinators at both of these private schools.
On November 30 last year, one of the last sponsored University students graduated in computer electronics and before he even finished college, he was offered a job in Heredia.
“We support universities and trade schools, and even though most of them are free to attend, Amigos pays all of the expenses of books, supplies, transportation to San Jose and Nicoya where the schools are located,” she said. Lawson recalled that Have-A-Heart was the very first public event in the Tamarindo area.
She believes that it’s really special for everyone, and the golf is fun too. “ I play golf, not well, but I understand it,” she laughed.
“This is an important year for us as usually we raise money to pay the scholarships from the golf tournaments, but we have not had it for the last two years, and the funding has gone down.”
The evening event, Taste of Tamarindo features dishes from 15 restaurants for guests to sample. The silent auction this year will only be food and drink related, in other words certificates to restaurants, or a bottle of wine, along those lines.
“When you are older, not raising kids or running around, there are things you can do to support your community,” concluded Lawson.
“I’ve been here 22 years and it feels good to be able to do what I do.”
Tickets are $125 to for the golf tournament, and $20 for the Taste of Tamarindo and are available in various businesses in Tamarindo and Flamingo.
Right now, Lawson said they are looking for more volunteers to help with these events. For ticket locations, and potential volunteers, email Lawson at email@example.com