Charitable organizations to expand services throughout the region

Granite Bay, CA – Granite Bay Golf Club was bustling with excitement last weekend as the area around the Capital Cup scoreboard grew increasingly crowded. The Sactown Marvels were battling the River City Dawgs in head-to-head matches between 16 pairs—the finale of a three-day Ryder Cup style tournament—and victory for either team, and the $55,000 grand prize that would accompany it, was coming down to a single point.

Finally, the River City Dawgs were announced as the champions; however, the true winners were not the golfers themselves, but the charitable organizations on whose behalf they were competing.

The 5th Annual Capital Cup raised a collective $1,970,123 between 24 local and national charities and non-profit organizations. “The Capital Cup participants are golfers second and philanthropists first,” explained Capital Cup founder Curt Rocca. “They spend two months soliciting donations for a cause of their choice. The golf tournament that caps off the fundraising season is just icing on the cake.” The Capital Cup is one of the Sacramento region’s most impactful fundraising events, second only to the Big Day of Giving.

Charity/Non-Profit Organization Amount Raised
The BASIC Fund $272,960
American Heart Association $226,490
Bayside Church $178,266
Jenna & Patrick’s Foundation of Hope $149,854
Life Skills Training and Educational Programs, Inc $142,776
Volunteers of America $139,211
ACED $106,580
Big Brothers Big Sisters $98,320
Easter Seals of Superior California $91,927
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society $88,969
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sacramento $72,571
American Cancer Society $66,550
Cristo Rey High School $60,490
Child Advocates of Placer County $50,725
Special Olympics Northern California $34,290
Sierra Forever Families $32,139
UCP of Sacramento and Northern California $29,754
Angels for Hearts $27,530
Wellness Within $22,127
Sacramento Stand Down Association $21,491
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento $20,507
Salvation Army Del Oro Division $20,507
The Lazarus Project $14,013
Shriners Hospitals for Children $7,583

The tournament was immediately followed by an awards reception, during which each golfer philanthropist presented a large check to a representative from the receiving charity. “This event demonstrates how much the people of Sacramento care about their community,” said Geoff Brown, team captain of the River City Dawgs. “The total dollars raised increases every year, as does the number of individual donations. Any one of us may not have the means to support all the organizations that speak to us, but together our efforts have an impact on a wide range of causes.”

Over its five-year history, the Capital Cup has raised $5.6 million, shared between 50 charitable organizations. “The roster of golfers changes every year, though several golfers opt to participate year after year, myself included,” said Roger Akers, team captain of the Sactown Marvels. “I’m continually moved by the dedication of those involved. And the golf isn’t bad, either!”

The 2019 tournament took place at some of the area’s most prestigious golf courses:  Serrano Country Club, El Macero Country Club, and Granite Bay Golf Club.

To get involved with the 2020 Capital Cup (as a donor, golfer, or sponsor) please contact Curt Rocca at


About the Sacramento Capital Cup
The Capital Cup adapts the historic Ryder Cup format—steeped in tradition—to promote community pride, healthy competition, and raise money for the Sacramento region’s most deserving charities. Each year, executive leaders from the Sacramento region are divided into two Capital Cup teams for an exciting three-day golf competition. Donors will have the opportunity to support their favorite player (or their favorite charity), as each player is competing to benefit his or her favorite charitable organization.

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