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Wes Gavett Golf Tournament

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More Than a Game

The Wes Gavett Memorial Golf Tournament is not only a friendly game of golf to honor our friend and colleague Wes Gavett, but also a fundraiser for SWANA Beaver Chapter’s Wes Gavett Memorial Fund. The Stone Creek Golf Club was Wes’ home course where he played hundreds of rounds of golf, was a long-time member of the Men’s Club, and had one of his two holes-in-one. The tournament is held as a shotgun event with groups of golfers all teeing off at the same time on different holes. A buffet dinner and awards ceremony follow.

About Wes

Over the course of his 35-year-long professional career as a consulting engineer (1985-2005) and Regional Engineering Manager for Waste Connections (2005-2018), Wes’ work focused on all aspects of the solid waste industry and included active participation in SWANA.

Since arriving in the Pacific Northwest in 1994 when he joined EMCON’s Portland office, and throughout his professional career since then—including his tenure at Waste Connections since 2005— Wes was instrumental in advancing the SWANA Beaver Chapter through his leadership as past president, International Board Representative, and Board Member. Wes’ leadership was essential in organizing and coordinating the Chapter’s Technical Symposium and played a key role as Symposium Director in moving the event to the McMenamins’ Edgefield facility where it continues to be a great success to this day.

Sadly, Wes passed on October 13th, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife Kerry, two sons, Josh and Eli, and sister and brother, Lynn and Wallace. The untimely passing of a dear friend, colleague, and accomplished solid waste engineer is a great loss to us all.

About the Fund

Donations, sponsorships, and registration fees from the golf tournament are directed towards the Wes Gavett Memorial Fund and donated to charitable organizations focused on supporting children and families in need, with input from Wes’ family.  In 2020 the SWANA Beaver Chapter donated over $17,000 to the Oregon Food Bank and The Small Steps Project, a humanitarian organization and UK-registered charity supporting children and their families living on garbage dumps through the world, with 100% of public donations spent on shoes and emergency aid. This year the Beaver Chapter will be again consult with Wes’ family and select a deserving nonprofit organization.

2022 Fund Distribution

Starting in 2022 and continuing in the future, money raised from this event will be directed to Doernbecher during the Costco Tigard store’s annual fundraiser for Doernbecher conducted each May. Contributing the funds raised by the tournament to Costco fundraising drive doubles the amount donated to Doernbecher since Costco matches dollar for dollar all contributions. Funds raised from the 3rd inaugural event held in 2022 ($14,940) were donated to Costco’s May 2023 fundraising drive resulting in a total donation from the Wes Gavett Memorial Fund to Doernbecher of $29,920.

Doernbecher is an academic teaching children’s hospital associated with Oregon Health and Science University located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1926, it is the first full-service children’s hospital in the Pacific Northwest, and provides full-spectrum pediatric care. Doernbecher is consistently ranked as one of the United States’ top pediatric hospitals in multiple medical specialties.

The 5th Annual Wes Gavett Memorial Golf Tournament Benefiting Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Hosted by the SWANA Beaver Chapter with Support from Waste Connections and Costco Tigard

Tee it up at the Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City on August 7, 2024 for the 5th Annual Wes Gavett Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by SWANA Beaver Chapter. Join Wes’ friends, co-workers, and colleagues for a fun day of golf and networking with professionals in the solid waste industry at one of Wes’ favorite golf venues to support the memorial charity fund established by the SWANA Beaver Chapter in Wes’ name benefiting the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Doernbecher).

The tournament will be a “best ball” (scramble) format, allowing golfers of all abilities to have a great time.

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