Event earns more than $2.3M for Sacramento Charitable Organizations

Roseville, Calif. – (October 6, 2021) – Event organizers are hailing the Villara Capital Cup golf tournament a “hole in one” as players raised more than $2.3M for 30 Sacramento charities. Inspired by the historic Ryder Cup – which coincidentally took place during the exact same dates this year – the yearly tournament was held at three prestigious country clubs, over a three-day span. Participants included c-level executives based in the Sacramento area, who were tasked to raise as much money as they could for a charity that was near and dear to them. In addition, the winners’ charities shared a $116,000 prize pool funded by the players themselves as well as sponsorships from Villara Building Systems and Buzz Oates Enterprises.

“We sincerely thank our supporters who are truly the heroes of the event,” says Chris Barr, EVP at California Bank of Commerce and co-captain of this year’s tournament. “So many people from across Sacramento will directly benefit from the millions raised this year, whether it be from lifesaving CPR training or providing essentials for children in the foster care system. We are excited to make a difference and better our community.”

Top Fundraiser Leaderboard 2021

  • Dale Carlsen -$357,600 to the Ticket to Dream Foundation supporting children in foster care
  • Matt Filer – $215,250 to the Alliance for Compassion & Educational Development
  • Rick Wylie, Title Sponsor – $176,209 to Bayside Covenant Church-Granite Bay
  • Bob Clark -$150,851 to community CPR training for the American Heart Association
  • Paul Esch – $146,955 for homeless outreach on behalf of Volunteers of America
  • James Beckwith – $108,955 to Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento
  • Roger Akers – $108,015 benefitting the American Cancer Society

“Our goal was to raise $1.5M, and through the tireless fundraising efforts of our players, we surpassed that amount. Plus, every dollar we raised goes directly to our chosen charities,” said Craig Freeman, President at Freeman Investments and this year’s winning team captain.

“It was a great year by every measure,” said Curt Rocca, event committee chairperson. “The weather was fantastic, the competition and camaraderie were electric, and the fundraising was beyond everyone’s expectations. But the best part of the event will come next year, when we hear the stories from these great charities of how the funds we raised have helped to positively impact the lives of so many people right here in our community.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s tournament. Community members interested in participating in next year’s Villara Capital Cup – whether as a sponsor or committee member – should contact Amanda Schroeder at aschroeder@dcapartners.com.


About Villara Capital Cup
The Villara Capital Cup adapts the historic Ryder Cup format—steeped in tradition—to promote 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 Villara Capital Cup teams for an exciting three-day golf competition. Since its inception in 2015, the Villara Capital Cup has raised more than $9.5 million for charities.