Valley Entrepreneur Scott Harkey Named Chair of JFCS Charity Event
By Michelle Talsma Everson -
Thursday Sep 14, 2023
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) today announced that Scott Harkey, founder and chief executive officer of The Harkey Group, will chair the nonprofit organization’s inaugural Puttin’ for a Purpose fundraising event to be held Sept. 28, 2023 at Putting World in Scottsdale. Harkey is a nationally recognized marketing agency leader whose clients have included major brands such as Airbnb, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Reebok, the Arizona Lottery, Diet Pepsi, and more.
Puttin’ for a Purpose will raise funds to help JFCS provide life changing and lifesaving services to more than 40,000 Valley-area children and adults. The first-time event will see putters of all skill levels compete in two rounds of putting competition at the state-of-the-art indoor facility while enjoying handcrafted food delicacies developed by renowned chef Michael Patton, craft beverages, and the chance to win great prizes.
“JFCS plays an important role in the Valley by providing healthcare services, senior programming, foster teen services, domestic violence programs, and more to people no matter their age, faith or background,” says Harkey. “The organization played a key role in my own life when my wife and I adopted a child. I’m excited to be able to give back.”
Puttin’ for a Purpose is Sept. 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Putting World in Scottsdale (16259 N Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254). Information about the event, or to register to participate, is available at http://www.puttinforjfcs.org.
“JFCS has been working in the Valley for nearly 90 years and as we look to expand our awareness to new community members a large part of our strategy is to engage top area executives like Scott to support our mission,” says Len Gutman, VP of Philanthropy for JFCS. “Not only is Scott a marketing industry expert but he is actively involved with many charitable organizations so he clearly looks to make an impact in the communities where he lives and works.”
Golfing experience is not necessary to participate in Puttin’ for a Purpose. Foursome, individual and non-golf tickets are available. Most importantly, participants will get to spend an evening helping thousands of children, teens, and adults coping with trauma, family violence, mental illness, and substance abuse as well as other behavioral, physical and social obstacles find the help they need.
The event consists of two rounds. The first round consists of all participants playing 18 holes and the person with the lowest score will win a prize. In round two, all participants will get one shot to attempt to sink a 50-foot long hole-in-one for a chance to win a major prize.