Seattle-based Pacific Plumbing Supply raised $9,600 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation from 144 players at its 10th annual golf tournament held August 23.

For the first six years, the wholesaler donated all of the money raised to the Washington Special Olympics. Four years ago it switched causes and since that time has raised more than $33,000 for Make-A-Wish.

Pacific Plumbing partners with up to seven vendors to cover the total cost of the tournament including greens fees, carts, dinner and prizes, so that all of the money raised from players' donations can go directly to the selected charity.

This year's tournament fundraisers included a chipping contest in which a prize was awarded to those who chipped a golf ball into a toilet bowl. A second fundraiser - a raffle for a 27-inch television - raised $1,200.

"It's a great opportunity for our customers, vendors and employees to spend some time together away from our work environments," said Dan Sherman, marketing manager at Pacific Plumbing. "It's also a meaningful way to raise money for kids who really need and appreciate a wish."

The annual golf tournament is coordinated by three employees: Brad McDonald, vice president/sales; Teresa Guenthner, IS director; and Sherman.

Privately owned Pacific Plumbing Supply, founded in 1949, operates 16 units that serve the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii.

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