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The Inaugural Victor Valley Regional Open 2017

Where Business Meets Education

VICTORVILLE –  Leaders of the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Victor Valley College Foundation recently announced they are breaking with tradition and working together to create one large fundraising golf tournament instead of competing against each other with separate events. The tourney is presented by Desert Valley Hospital/Desert Valley Medical Group.

The move came as both regional organizations were planning their respective fundraisers and recognized the amount of charitable golf tournaments occurring in the same month.  In order to be respectful to their donors, Chamber President/CEO Mark Creffield and Foundation Executive Director Catherine Abbott, decided to “team up” and bring awareness to the community the importance of collaboration between business and education to help improve our local economy.  The Inaugural Victor Valley Regional Open – Where Business Meets Education, is scheduled for September 29, 2017 at the Spring Valley Lake Country Club.

“This is a clever strategic move between our two great organizations and one I am proud to support,” said the VVCOC, Chairman of the Board, Derek King. “There is so much more we can accomplish to benefit our Valley through partnership and cooperation.”

“Today, only 10 percent of our residents have a Bachelor’s Degree or above,” said VVC Foundation President, Eric Schmidt. “If we want our businesses to thrive, our economy to improve and significantly reduce crime, we need to move the needle on that number and increase educational attainment rates.”

Proceeds from the event will help support the Chamber’s core work of business enhancement, connection and promotion, legislative advocacy and community involvement. The VVC Foundation will use funds raised to promote and support educational programs at Victor Valley College, purchase equipment, increase access to a high-quality higher education through scholarships and provide additional tutoring hours for students who need assistance mastering difficult subjects.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and tee-off is at 9 a.m. Golfers will play an 18-hole scramble on the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course.  The tournament will include a luncheon, live auction and raffle prizes.

The Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for over 100 years and fulfills its mission statement by creating an environment where businesses thrive and community and commerce work together for the future of the region. Contact President/CEO Mark Creffield for more information: (760) 245-6506.

The Victor Valley College Foundation is a charitable organization that makes friends and raises funds to help Victor Valley College better serve its students and community. Visit or find us on Facebook to join the growing number of people and organizations who contribute to support our mission. For more information contact Executive Director Catherine Abbott at (760) 245-4271 x 2523.  For more information about Victor Valley College and the programs available, visit

(source: VVC news release)

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