With Sincere Gratitude: Mount Madonna School Randy Getz Memorial Golf Tournament

The day was a hot 85+ degrees. The greens were, well, quite green considering the drought. Smiles and camaraderie, and good old-fashioned competition flourished. Three teams emerged the victors, with the fitting result that the Randy Getz memorial golf team of 3 again placed amongst the top (having clinched #1 for quite a few years). After a long day of golf, players were joined by many friends and family members for an outstanding BBQ, raffle and auction as the afternoon grew balmy. This was the 7th annual Mount Madonna School golf tournament on Friday, October 9, named this year in honor of alumni parent, friend and longtime supporter, Randy Getz.

The success of this event is due to the enthusiastic, committed efforts of a small golf tournament planning team: Noah Lewis (Kadence, 3rd), Juvy Timan (Grace, 6th), Lisa and Robert Moreno (CeCe, 12th and Elias, 10th), Letty Bess (Cameron, 12th, Courtney, ’12, and Chelsea, ’11), and Lara Kilpatrick, ’85 (Vyvyanne, ’13). Our deepest appreciation to these individuals who went above and beyond in inviting golfers, soliciting items for the raffle and auction, and bringing on sponsors, and carrying out long hours of logistical strategy.

The DeLaveaga Golf & Lodge leadership and pro shop staff have treated us very well for many years and we’re thankful to have their support and feel welcome on their beautiful course.

We are deeply grateful to Morty and Barbara Cohen — SunRidge FarmsNoah Lewis — Issac Lewis & Associates Insurance Services, LLC, and Robert Moreno’s associates at Joint Electrical Industry Fund (JEIF), for helping to underwrite tournament expenses through their presenting sponsorship.

HUGE thanks for the culinary talents of Robert and Lisa Moreno and their friends Jesse and Elvira who cooked over hot fires in the scorching midday sun and then dished out a delicious BBQ!

Thank you to The Hideout in Aptos for providing side dishes for dinner, and to former faculty Matt Meachen for connecting MMS with The Hideout crew, supplying some extra beer, and keeping us all company for the day — and for the many ways he helped build this event over the years!

Thanks to Alfaro Family Vineyards & WineryEmmaLily VineyardsSatori CellarsStorrs Winery & Vineyard for donations of wine for all to enjoy. Spirits during the tournament were buoyed by cold water and plenty of great beer thanks to Kona Brewing Company.

A shout-out to Olwen Skogersen and staff in the office who kept the event on track with exceptional record keeping and communications out to the field. And our sincere thanks to alumni parent Rod Caborn who again emceed the evening, convincing us all that we needed that one auction item and honoring players with his classic charm and wit.

A special thank you to all the parents, faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents and special friends who came out to golf, enjoy the BBQ dinner, photograph the event, and/or showed their support with hole sponsorship or donations of auction items or golfer prizes. Thanks, also, to those who volunteered day of and arrived early to assist with registration or stayed late to help clean up post-event — your energy came at crucial times.

The Mount Madonna School community is a great one, and we know how to celebrate our close ties and honor loved ones with a rollicking good gathering!

– Lara Kilpatrick (’85)
Capital Campaign Alumni Volunteer

Photos by Richard Timan


Contact: Leigh Ann Clifton, Director of Marketing & Communications,

Nestled among the redwoods on 355 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville.