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Dear Friends and Community Partners,

This year’s 30th Anniversary Jordan and Kyra Memorial Golf Tournament at Seascape Golf Club scheduled for Friday, September 8, 2023 is one event you do not want to miss. Be ready to celebrate and reminisce with us at our final golf event as we pass the baton to our tournament partners, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services.

We would like everyone to understand that although the Jordan and Kyra Memorial Charity Golf Tournament is going into retirement, our Foundation’s mission of supporting pediatric cancer research and family care will continue through long-term annual funding in accordance with our mission. This continued giving is only being made possible by the love and support you all have given to our tournament over the last three decades.

Jacob’s Heart, who has been one of the beneficiaries of our event proceeds for the past 9 years, will take over the tournament reins beginning in 2024. Established in 1998, Jacob’s Heart has been serving local families as they face the unimaginable: a pediatric cancer diagnosis. Throughout the years, Jacob’s Heart has provided family-centered care that addresses the emotional, practical and financial struggles for families of children and teens during treatment, families experiencing anticipatory grief and those who are bereaved. Please learn more about Jacob’s Heart at

As for 2023, we plan to make it an extra memorable golf tournament, celebrating what this event has meant to so many people over the last 30 years. The highlight of the evening will be live performances of two very special songs; one for Jordan written, arranged, and performed by local singer/songwriter Mira Goto, and another for Kyra written by me (Dave) and arranged and performed by Kyra’s cousin Austin Pillsbury. The format of the day will remain the same and will feature a golf tournament followed by a social reception with a silent auction and a dinner banquet. As in year’s past, proceeds will benefit Jacob’s Heart, as well as the pediatric cancer research being conducted by Dr. Matthew C. Havrda, PhD, at the Dartmouth Cancer Center. Funds will also support Family House, a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Space in the tournament will be limited to the first 144 golfers, so please register early to guarantee your spot. Dinner-only tickets will also be sold for our non-golfing guests, but these seats will be limited as well. If you are unable to attend the event at Seascape, please consider donating an auction item, tournament prizes or tee gifts, or serve as a sponsor. Please visit for more information.

One last time this September 8th, we look forward to delivering a first-class event featuring the same cherished traditions of past events in the memory of Jordan Stuart and Kyra Pillsbury. Please come share the special day with us. Visit and click on the TOURNAMENT link to register today! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your 30 years of love. Together, we will continue to make an impact on the lives of children with cancer and their families.

Rob Stuart
Jordan and Kyra Foundation, Co-Founder

David Pillsbury
Jordan and Kyra Foundation, Co-Founder



Our 29th Annual Jordan and Kyra Charity Golf Tournament on September 9th, 2022 raised $200,257 for pediatric cancer research and family care! The silent auction, alone, raised $21,220 with exciting offerings such as mountain bikes, jewelry, wine, tools and unique one-of-a-kind experiences. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to all the sponsors, in-kind donors, volunteers, food and beverage suppliers, corporate partners, and participants who played an important part in our event’s success. Thank you for being with us to remember the lives of Jordan and Kyra, while raising awareness and much-needed funds for our tournament partner, Jacob’s Heart. Proceeds will also be donated to Family House, and to Dr. Matt Havrda’s research program at Dartmouth Giesel School of Medicine.


The Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation would like to thank our 2022 sponsors and donors:





Hole Sponsors

Anderson Pacific, Aptos Carpet Cleaning, Appenrodt Commercial Properties, Beck & Mathiesen, APC, Big Creek Lumber, Carl Worden, Central Home Supply, Erick's Deli Cafe, Jim Morris, Kent Construction, Larry Wallman, Las Animas Concrete, Lincoln West Builders, Inc., Marc Monte, Martis Camp, Pine Cone Lumber, sagemodern, Shelton Roofing, Santa Cruz County Bank, Slatter Construction, Swenson Builders, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company, Trus Joist, Turf Star Western, Valley Fresh Produce, WS Builders



Every sponsor, in-kind donor, volunteer, corporate partner, and participant played an important part in our success in raising $147,487 at the Jordan and Kyra Golf Tournament on September 17th, 2021. It was great to be able to come back together again, safely, under the gorgeous backdrop of Seascape Golf Club and celebrate the lives of Jordan and Kyra while raising awareness and much-needed funds for our tournament partner, Jacob's Heart. Proceeds will also be donated to Family House and to Dr. Matt Havrda's research program at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

We would like to recognize the following donors and sponsors who were so instrumental in our event's success this year:

Premiere Sponsors

~Brian and Roxanne McCafferty~
~The Beach Guy~

Major Sponsors

Crocker Philanthropic Foundation Fund * David and Lily Pillsbury * Marc Monte * Robert and Sharon Rittenhouse * Keith and Sandy Wells * Rob's Golf Buddies * Joe and Julia Guerra * John and Dena Denniston

Tee Prize Donors & Special Tournament Sponsors
Mira & Anthony Goto, Musical Artists * Isaac Weintraub, Golf Pro * Choice Music

Food and Beverage Sponsors
Cafe Rio * CENTR CBD Beverages * Chill Out Cafe Corralitos Market * El Palomar * Freedom Meat Lockers

Hole Sponsors
Appenrodt Commercial Properties, Beck & Mathiesen APC, Big Creek Lumber, Blair Porteous, Carl Worden, Ciarra Construction, ClickitGolf, David Witkowski, Erik's DeliCafe, Friend of Jacob's Heart, Kent Construction, Kyle & Kathy Frandle, Las Animas Concrete, Mark & Susan Israel, Martis Camp, Noland Builders, Otoro Sushi, Pine Cone Lumber Co., Ransone Construction, Santa Cruz County Bank, Santa Cruz Plumbing, Santa Cruz Subaru, Seascape Beach Resort, Scarborough Lumber, Shelton Roofing, Slatter Construction, Steve Webber, Swenson Builders, The Crow's Nest, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company, Trus Joist, Valley Fresh Produce

Our heartfelt appreciation to all the in-kind donors who contributed items to our Silent Auction, which alone raised $23,225!

A big THANK YOU to Luis Mojica, our photographer from Jacob's Heart for capturing our day in pictures. Click this link to view the entire gallery!


Thank you to our gracious donor who supported our 2020 Legacy Campaign in lieu of the annual golf tournament last year, which raised over $50,000 for Jacob’s Heart and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

John Saggau - $250
Blair Porteous - $250
Timberworks Inc - $1,500
Valley Fresh Produce - $250
Soquel Beauty Bar, Gabrielle Zimnicki - $50
Kent Construction, Larry Kent - $2,000
Dr. Matthew & Jessica Havrda - $500
Case Swenson - $250
Carrie & Bob Paul - $250
Vivian Oscher - $300
Scott Roseman - $250
Beck & Mathiesen APC - $200
Cam & Amy Stephens - $250
Joe Guerra - $1,500
Las Animas Concrete - $500
Big Creek Lumber - $250
Thomas Windsor - $500
Jack Boternbrood - $300
Bill & Linda Crawford - $250
Dr. Mark Israel - $250
Martis Camp Club - $500
Steve & Dianne Pereira - $1,750
Pat Kempton - $100
Richard Hamlin - $300
Jason Fong - $750
Ciarra Construction - $500
Bobbi Burns - $250
Santa Cruz Subaru - $1,000
Santa Cruz Toyota - $1,000
Stuart Hayden - $500
Doug & Diane Deaver - $500
Mark & Karen Sambrailo - $250
Sheri West Lincoln West Builders, Inc. - $400
Thomas Rossi - $250
Jim Gosciminski - $250
Linda & Keena Turner - $250
Randy Stephenson - $250
David Witkowski - $250
Brad Peck - $200
Rob & Karen Stuart - $1,000
Shane Noland / Noland Builders- $250
Crocker Philanthropic Foundation at Community       Foundation Santa Cruz County - $1,500
On The Spot - $100
Rob's Tuesday Golf Buddies - $3,929
John Saggau #2 - $250
Bonnie Esteban - $500
AGF Tilden Park Ambassadors - $1,833.04
AGF Monarch Bay Ambassadors - $393.33
AGF Casta del Sol Ambassadors - $910.10
AGF Mission Trails Ambassadors - $2,398.21
AGF Vineyards Ambassadors - $1,825.00
AGF Lomas Santa Fe Ex Ambs - $20.36
AGF National City Ambassadors - $675.00
AGF Tecolote Canyon Ambassadors - $4,755.15
AGF Whittier Narrows Ambassadors - $494.33
Terri & Mark Toback - $100
Jeff Brown - $500
Robert Galliett - $50
Tom Ralston Concrete - $200
Douglas & Margaret Binderup - $100
McCafferty Family - $10,000



Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services

Santa Cruz, CA (August 2, 2016) – The Santa Cruz-based non-profit Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation has announced that it is expanding its partnership with Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children from Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and South Santa Clara Counties who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Building upon the partnership developed in 2013, the Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation will earmark a major portion of funds that will be raised through the 2016 Annual Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation Charity Golf Tournament to Jacob’s Heart. Now celebrating its 23rd year raising funds for pediatric brain tumor research and family care, the tournament will be held on Friday, September 30, at Seascape Golf Club in Aptos, CA.

Established in 1993, the Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in memory of Jordan Stuart and Kyra Pillsbury, two Bay Area children who lost their battles with brain tumors at a very young age, but whose spirit and courage continue to inspire others. The Foundation was created to provide comfort for the families of children with pediatric cancers by funding Family House, a non-profit residence for the families of children undergoing treatment at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco; and hope, by funding cutting-edge research that is being conducted by world renowned cancer specialist Dr. Mark A. Israel, M.D. - first at UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center and currently at Dartmouth University's Norris Cotton Cancer Center. In recent years, funding has also been earmarked to support Jacob’s Heart. During the past 22 years, the Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation has raised more than $3.4 million for children’s cancer causes. For more information, please visit

“We are very appreciative for the outpouring of compassion and support during the past 22 years, which has helped us to make an important impact on the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses as well as fund the critical research currently being done that will hopefully one day find a cure for pediatric brain tumors and other forms of pediatric cancer,” said Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation Co-Founder Rob Stuart. “We truly admire the extraordinary work being done by Jacob’s Heart to provide support services for the families of children with cancer, and look forward to working closely with them to make this year’s Jordan and Kyra Memorial Charity Golf Tournament our most successful ever.”

Jacob’s Heart Founder and Executive Director Lori Butterworth echoed those sentiments, saying, “We are indebted to the Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation for its passion and support, which will enable us to reach significantly more families of children with cancer. When a child is ill, the effects on the entire family are devastating and long-lasting. We look forward to continuing to provide family-centered care, financial assistance and a myriad of counseling, education and support services, which will be greatly enhanced by this unique collaboration.”

Established in 1998, Jacob’s Heart provides family-centered care that addresses the emotional, practical and financial struggles experienced by the families of children and teens during treatment, families with anticipatory grief, and those who are bereaved. It strives to inspire compassionate action within local communities to create a safety net of support for the unique needs of each child and family. Since 1998, Jacob’s Heart has served more than 600 children with cancer and 2,500 of their family members. Just a few of the programs and services it provides include bilingual counseling and family support, including grief counseling for the entire family; Camp Heart + Hands, a family camp for the families of children with cancer; direct financial assistance for families facing financial hardships during treatment or for memorials and legacies; and a program that delivers nutritious meals and groceries to families during treatment. For more information, please visit

Lori Butterworth
(831) 724-9100 ext. 101