Wes Gavett Golf Tournament
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 will be 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 will follow.
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 Oregon Beaver SWANA Chapter through his leadership as past president, International Board Representative, and Board Member. Wes’ leadership was essential in organizing and coordinating the Beaver 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.
2020 Fund Distribution
In 2019, the SWANA Beaver Chapter was proud to host the inaugural Wes Gavett Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament was not only a lot of fun, it was also a huge success. The money raised during the event was just recently donated to two very deserving foundations that were near and dear to Wes.
The first donation, in the amount of $7,000, was donated to the Oregon Food Bank. The Oregon Food Bank has a mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes. The donation will help to support this mission by providing food to Oregon residents that are in need.
The second donation, in the amount of $10,000, was given to the Small Steps Project. The Small Steps Project is dedicated to supporting children around the world who live on dumps and survive from scavenging. They aim to raise awareness, through film, of the unacceptable hardships that they face. They also deliver shoes, hygiene kits and emergency aid to protect children in the dump environment, followed by sustainable solutions to enable children to take small steps out of the dumps and into education. The donation made to this organization will be used on a new project putting in a water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) unit in Ngong, Kenya. The WASH unit will be built on a site in conjunction with a children’s playground, club house, and feeding program. Small Steps is in the process of moving and resettling the inhabitants off the landfill so the local government can rehabilitate the area (landfill). When the community has been resettled, the WASH will be dedicated and a plaque honoring Wes will be installed.
2021: Register Now!
The 2nd Annual Tournament: presented by Waste Connections and hosted by Beaver Chapter
Join Wes’ friends, co-workers, and colleagues for a fun day of golf and long-awaited 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. The 2021 Tournament will once again take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, OR.
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