In 2012, my husband, Ricky, and I started the Ricky & Suzanne Barnes Foundation with the mission of promoting the physical and mental well-being of children.
We felt strongly about giving back to the community in which both of us grew up. We held our inaugural pro-am golf tournament at Stockton Golf and Country Club in October 2012.
The success of this event has allowed us to donate close to $500,000 in our first five years to the First Tee of San Joaquin, ONE TLC (the school for the homeless), the Morgan Amelia Foundation (supporting children with a catastrophic form of epilepsy), Child Abuse Prevention Council, as well supplying sports equipment to the Children’s Home of Stockton and local schools.
Through its educational programs and the game of golf, The First Tee builds character, instills life-enhancing values, and promotes healthy choices. Although this program is a national organization (promoted by the PGA Tour and its members), the San Joaquin chapter is locally funded and relies on contributions through fundraising.
The monies from the Ricky & Suzanne Barnes Foundation are earmarked to maintain and expand the programs that directly impact youth such as Golf Fore Girls and expanding the after-school programs at school sites.
With the goal of exceeding last year’s fundraising, we are seeking sponsors and contributions for our annual golf tournament. Your contribution can help make a difference in the lives of the boys and girls in San Joaquin County.
I hope that you will help support this fantastic event. I will be bringing many fellow PGA Tour professionals for a clinic, to play a round of golf with, and to socialize with afterward at the dinner/auction.
For more information about the event and to make a donation – please visit https://www.rickybarnesgolf.com/rsb-foundation
PGA Tour Professional and wife
Ricky & Suzanne Barnes