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Progress Club golf tournament nets $36,000 for two local nonprofits


One hundred and eight golfers participated in The Progress Club of Las Cruces’ fundraising golf tournament held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Picacho Hills Country Club.

“Excellent course condition, a good time was had by all,” said Ron Cavill of Cavill and Company Investment Managers, the tournament’s chief sponsor.

Cavill said the tournament grossed more than $36,000, nearly double the total from last year’s tournament.

4 Paws and a Wake Up (FPWU) and Honor Flights of Southern New Mexico (HFSNM), are among local organizations that will benefit from the proceeds of the tournament.

FPWU, founded in New Mexico and North Caroline in 2019, is “dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence, and enhanced quality of life, through the services of specially trained dogs,” according to www.k94paws.org.

“HFSNM was established in 2008 by business and community leaders who were devoted to honoring our veterans,” according to www.honorflightnm.org. HFSNM also serves El Paso.

Progress Club members logged more than 40,000 in volunteer hours in 2021 and donated nearly $40,000 to programs benefitting local veterans, domestic violence programs, children and students and women and families in need.

The club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015 but got its start when the Women’s Improvement Association was formed in 1894 by five Las Cruces women who wanted to help provide services to the community the city was not providing, according to club records. At the time, the women were riding behind a coal wagon taking the body of a friend of theirs to a local cemetery. Their first goal was to buy a hearse for the community. That commitment to serve evolved into the Progress Club of Las Cruces’ mission of “living the volunteer spirit.”

Progress Club dues are $40 a year. Membership is open to all women.

To become a club member and/or donate to the club, contact Belen Valenzuela at 575-496-4292 and belen8@yahoo.com.

Visit www.facebook.com/ProgressClubofLasCruces.

The Progress Club of Las Cruces, golf tournament