Second annual Gary Felt Kilt Classic raises money for the Salvation Army, Sunrise Rotary Memorial Scholarship

Some people live a life so large they can never be forgotten. Everyone who knew the late Gary Felt recognized his spirit of service and staunch dedication to our community. He tirelessly worked to make our town better, and he justly earned the moniker “Mr. Susanville.” It seemed as if he both supported and attended every single event held in our fair city, and wherever he went, he was sure to share that joyful, welcoming smile of his and hoist a fistful of tickets for one community fundraiser or another. When he passed, everyone mourned because we all lost a great and dear friend.

We all remember and honor his memory next week as the Salvation Army and Sunrise Rotary host the second annual Gary Felt Kilt Classic Saturday, June 3 at the Diamond Mountain Golf Club.

Felt took pride in his Scottish heritage — thus the kilts — and the tournament even begins with a bagpipe ceremony honoring Felt at 8:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Registration for the tournament, is $100 per player or $400 per team. The fee includes a cart, gift bag, sack lunch and a commemorative tournament polo shirt. Lunch is provided by Grocery Outlet and Joe Comino.

Online auction
Salvation Army Coordinator Carla McDonald, shared information about the tournament’s online auction.

“Instead of doing a raffle-style auction like most tournaments do, we have set up an online version to encourage more participation from the community and develop a few fun bidding wars,” McDonald said.  “We have had so many sponsors this year, and they are all listed on the online bidding page as well.  Here is the link for you to look at: GaryFeltKiltClassic2023.ggo.bid.

Carla McDonald said her family helped celebrate Felt at last year’s tournament by wearing kilts — Newton McDonald (father-in-law who turns 95 today), left, Gregg McDonald (husband), and Jessie Meadows, the bagpiper at last year’s ceremony. Photo submitted

Online auction items up for bid include a sit inside kayak, a 6-hour bass fishing trip, a tennis bracelet, an antler centerpiece, a golf bag, tea for two at the Walker Mansion Inn, two memberships at Anytime Fitness, a stay and a meal at the Diamond Mountain Casino, a pair of three-day concert passes at the Lassen County Fair, a Virginia City Experience, an original painting by a local artist, pickup floor mats and a wheel alignment from Tractor Supply and Les Schwab, a gift certificate and gift bag from Bottle and Brush, a kitchen basket, an oil changes and four-wheel alignment from Main Street Lube and Les Schwab, a Starbucks Coffee Basket, an Energy Basketball from the Lassen Municipal Utility District, a cord of firewood, a wheel alignment from Les Schwab, a Golfer’s cutting/cheese board, and a $100 gift card and Merino wool socks.

All tournament proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army and will be used to feed families and provide utility and rent assistance, as well as funding for youth programs such as the summer camp, back-to-school and the Angel Tree.

Proceeds from the Sunrise Rotary Club’s open bar will support a high school scholarship in Felt’s name.

To register or more information, call the Salvation Army at 257-0314 or email carla.mcdonald@usw.salvationarmy.org. Golfers may also register at the Diamond Mountain Golf Course.