It takes hundreds of emails and telephone calls, months of painstaking attention to minute details and it raises her stress level tenfold, but for Lisa Rogers, the smiles are worth it all.
“It feels good. When you actually give them the money, you see how appreciative they are and it’s incredible,” she says. “Most of the money goes to the San Antonio Food Bank and they feed thousands with it, but it’s also wonderful to see the looks from people with the smaller organizations. They’re just so grateful.”
Rogers, an office manager at New Braunfels Quarry who has organized the Martin Marietta Charity Golf Tournament for the past 11 years, says she’s proud of the good work the event has helped fund during her tenure.
Another source of pride comes from the substantial growth the tournament has experienced.
In its first year, the event collected about $5,000 for one charity. In November, 280 Central Texas employees, customers and vendors contributed $86,260 to four charities in San Antonio, including SAM Ministries, the Epilepsy Foundation and Jus Jes Run, an organization that provides Christmas presents for less fortunate children.
In the past decade – thanks, in part, to the support of Southwest Division President Larry Roberts, Central Texas Aggregates District Regional Vice President-General Manager Chance Allen, and a team of Martin Marietta employees – the golf tournament has raised an estimated $450,000 for the local community. Rogers expects that level of financial support to continue growing in the years to come.
“We already have five teams signed up for next year’s tournament,” she says. “If we can find a course big enough, I could see this event easily raising more than $100,000 annually for charities across the area.”