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By Joycelyn Cabrera

The “Silent Heroes” fourth annual charity golf tournament and silent auction will benefit Maricopa’s police and fire departments for First Responders Day, Oct. 27.

Rosemary Quesenberry has organized the benefit, dividing the proceeds evenly between police and fire Registration for the event at The Duke at Rancho El Dorado is $80 per golfer, $320 for a foursome. The cost includes range balls and dinner.

Funds raised will specifically be given to the Fraternal Order of Police Emergency Assistance Fund, which aids officers with out-of-pocket medical bills, and to restore a vintage 1949 Ford fire engine from 1949.

The Maricopa nonprofit “Silent Heroes” was established to assist the police and fire departments with community outreach and education and to acknowledge the sacrifices of first responders.

Fire Chief Brady Leffler has been in the fire service for 30 years and has been the chief of Maricopa’s department since 2013. “I was looking for something where I could give back and I could help people in whatever capacity that meant,” Leffler said.

The benefit will kick off with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Golfers are expected to be at The Duke golf course in Rancho El Dorado by 12:30 p.m. The dinner and silent auction will begin at around 5 p.m.

The tournament will be played in a best-ball format, and prizes will be awarded for longest drive and straightest drive.

Donations are accepted for the silent auction, which already has commitments from sponsors to include signed sports memorabilia and boxed bottle of wine from Castello di Amorosa’s Napa Valley vineyard, signed by the winemaker.

To donate products for the silent auction, email Quesenberry at running4renton@msn.com.

Quesenberry said she has been very fortunate to have local businesses donate each year.

“Police and fire work hand-in-hand … Those two units work really close together and I felt it was important that our community shows support. We know it’s not an easy job,” she said.

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