Scramble for Safe Families Charity Golf Tournament supports a young girl’s passion to help others

  • Wed Sep 6th, 2017 3:14pm
  • Life

Jennifer Beach. COURTESY PHOTO

The eighth annual Scramble for Safe Families Charity Golf Tournament presented by the Jennifer Beach Foundation continues to raise awareness that there is no place for child abuse and domestic violence in communities.

The tournament – a four-man scramble – tees off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Washington National Golf Club, 14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn.

Proceeds support the foundation, which helps combat child abuse and domestic violence.

The tournament includes hole-in-one (win a car) and putting contests and raffles. Dinner, a silent auction and awards will follow the tournament.

Register at jnbfoundation.org.

For more information, call 253-833-5366 or email info@jnbfoundation.org.

Jennifer’s story

Born in Kansas in 1974, Jennifer Beach moved with her family in Redmond 1978. She was an honor student, played softball at Redmond High School, was active with her church and involved in many community activities.

Jennifer died in an auto accident in 1991 at the age of 17. She had a love and flare for fashion design and merchandising, but had planned on pursuing a career in law. She hoped to be a voice for those in social situations who needed help from someone who cared.

Shortly before her death, Jennifer came across a 10-year-old girl who had been abused by the little girl’s mother. She tried unsuccessfully to get help from the authorities. Her family knew the family of the little girl and agreed to keep a close watch on the situation. So moved by the situation, Jennifer wrote a poem called “Bruised Inside and Out” from the perspective of the little girl.

Her family found the poem, which named the little girl’s mother, after her auto accident. Jennifer’s father took the poem to the mother, hoping it would make a difference in some way. The poem helped the mother see her actions and persuaded her to go to counseling. Something that Jennifer started while she was alive helped others after she was gone.

In 2001 Jennifer’s family founded the Jennifer Beach Foundation with the mission of providing advocacy, education and assistance to victims of child abuse and domestic violence. The organization offers advocacy-based counseling, financial literacy classes for survivors of domestic violence, Kid’s Club for children that have been raised in a domestic violence environment, a teen dating violence program, and emergency financial assistance for short-term shelter, food, transportation, utility bills and other necessities. All services are provided free of charge to clients.

To read Jennifer’s poem and to learn more about the tournament, visit jnbfoundation.org or call 253-630-7193.