Friendship Adventures, a Kirkland nonprofit organization, is hosting its 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on July 27 at Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE in Marysville.
The organization is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities. All proceeds go to providing activities and classes for adults with disabilities.
Board member and volunteer Kay Board said around 80-90 golfers usually participate in the charity tournament. Drinks and a barbecue lunch will follow the tournament. Prizes will also be awarded.
In an effort to create activities for her brother who has down syndrome, Maureen Browning founded Friendship Adventures in 2004. Browning began organizing dances, bowling parties, and gatherings for her brother Dean and it grew from there. Friendship Adventures provides social, recreational and educational activities in a safe, engaging environment — building interpersonal skills, confidence and lifelong friendships, according to the organization’s website. The nonprofit now serves more than 1,500 participants and offers more than 200 social events and educational classes each year. Most participants are adults.
According to Browning, Friendship Adventures provides a wide variety of events for people with disabilities. Activities include karaoke nights, sporting events, plays, formal dances with themes, craft nights, weekend camps, a hoedown and bingo. As for classes, Browning said they host cooking classes, music classes, drama and glee classes and more.
“We really try to offer a big variety of activities for all ability levels,” she said. “We serve a wide range of people with disabilities.”
Friendship Adventures partners with Eastside cities including, Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell and others to host various activities and events. The organization recently partnered with Northshore Senior Center in Bothell.
With the proceeds raised from the charity tournament, Browning said they want to start a fitness class in the fall, as well as a variety of dance lesson classes.
For Browning, the most rewarding part is, “seeing the joy in their faces and giving them and opportunity to be like everybody else — to be accepted, make friends and live a full life.”
To learn more about the charity tournament and the organization, see www.friendshipadventures.org.