Monday, May 13, marked the fourth annual 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, benefiting SchoolPower. With the theme of “Peace, Love, & BBQ,” this sold-out event entertained golfers and non-golfers alike. Generously underwritten by The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Hobie, 100% of the over $60,000 raised will benefit our local Laguna Beach schools through SchoolPower.
Seventy-six barefoot golfers kicked off the afternoon’s festivities with a friendly nine-hole, four-person scramble competition. As in past years, players tackled some nontraditional shots, including teeing off with a softball bat, driving with opposite-handed clubs, and the replacement of putters with a hockey stick. First-time golf participant and SchoolPower Trustee Eric Brougher was one of several winners of hole challenges, scoring a golf cap for closest to pin. “The Ranch provided the perfect atmosphere to celebrate SchoolPower and all the kids it positively impacts,” he said. “The Barefoot Classic is a fun and definitely unique event for any level of golfer that is looking to have a great time while supporting a worthy cause with their friends and community.”
Following golf, the party continued on the patio, where golfers and guests gathered for a cocktail reception that included tequila tastings by Nosotros Tequila and live music by blues guitarist Shawn Jones. Dinner featuring Santa Maria-style BBQ prepared by former NFL player Brandon Jessie’s BBQ81 rounded out the casual celebration. “The beauty of the location and warmth of the staff blew me away,” says guest Suzzette Arnal. “Add to that fabulous food and lively conversation, and it was a perfect night!”
As in past years, lifelong Laguna resident and longtime SchoolPower supporter Mark Christy took to the podium and served as auctioneer for a live auction. A creator of the Barefoot Classic, Christy’s enthusiasm set a festive tone for the night. “Seriously,” he told the crowd, “spending an afternoon having an informal, kick-your-shoes-off, laughter-echoing-through-the-canyon blast while doing something cool for our schools and the kids? Priceless!”
Christy is passionate about public education/giving back to Laguna Beach schools. “Laguna’s schools and teachers were a game-changer for my classmates and me,” says Christy. “We hope that the funds generated will afford our exceptional instructors the flexibility and resources to further connect with students.”
This year’s auction items included a one-of-a-kind glamping trip in The Ranch’s exclusive “Scout Camp,” an overnight stay in the exclusive Treehouse and dinner for four at Harvest, and a custom-made Hobie surfboard. Bidders also faced off to win 4 seats at the upcoming Angel-Dodgers series, courtesy of John Carpino and the Angels organization. To cap off the night, the crowd was treated to a surprise live performance by Green Day founder, vocalist and bassist Mike Dirnt, who then auctioned off a signed bass guitar to the enthusiastic crowd.