Shoreview golf fundraiser helps families begin and grow


Tim Daulton and his daughter Kimberly Mayeda at a past year’s golf fundraiser for Kids For Kyla. Mayeda and her husband Ryan started the tournament in 2010 to help provide people with the money required to adopt children or undergo fertility treatments. submitted photo

Three years ago, a thought popped into Tim Daulton’s head.

Daulton, a Roseville resident and an avid, near-daily golfer, suddenly realized he could do something to contribute to his daughter’s mission. 

After years of struggling to conceive a baby, Daulton’s daughter Kimberly Mayeda and her husband Ryan finally had their first child, Kyla, though she died just days after being born.

Six years later, the couple, who now live in Greeley, Colorado, started a nonprofit, Kids for Kyla, which helps couples adopt or receive fertility treatments.

Both processes require a significant amount of money.

“I thought I could start a golf tournament fundraiser,” Daulton said of his realization. “And all the money goes to the foundation.”

This year will be the tournament’s third iteration, taking place Sept. 15 at Island Lake Golf and Training Center in Shoreview. 

According to Daulton, the tournament’s first year hosted 27 golfers and raised $10,000. The second year had 48 golfers, raising $15,000.

This year, he said, he’s not quite sure of the tally of golfers, as folks can register up until the day of the event — unless spots fill up — but he’s hoping for more than 50. 

“And we’re shooting to raise $20,000 this year,” Daulton said. “Yeah, we’re going up incrementally ... that’s our goal, and we hope to keep it going because it’s such a good cause.” 

Daulton, 69, has lived in Roseville for some 45 years and is a member of the Como Boys, a group of retired friends who grew up together in the Como Park neighborhood of St. Paul. They golf often — “just about everyday, pretty much” — and the tournament is called the Como Boys Golf Classic. After all, they organize it and most, if not all of them, participate.  

The cost to play is $75 per golfer, which includes lunch. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with coffee, donuts and some optional practice time at the driving range, and tee off is between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Daulton said the 9-hole scramble tournament wraps up before noon. 

“And if you don’t golf, there’s a dinner afterward,” he said, emphasizing that though golf might not be for everyone, the cause and fundraiser can be. 

A $30 lunch and follow-up live auction, open to golfers and non-golfers alike, is taking place after the tournament, around noon at Patrick McGovern’s Pub, 225 West Seventh St., St. Paul.

“It’s all just a lot of fun,” Daulton said. “And they’re gonna present a Minnesota couple with money to adopt at the dinner this year at McGovern’s.”

Daulton said the Mayedas honor their first baby — the namesake of their foundation — by helping to cover the cost it takes to begin a family for those who could use a helping hand, whether it be finances for the adoption process or for fertility treatments. 

“Adoption alone can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000,” Daulton said. “And every little bit helps.”

It took the Mayedas two years of fertility treatments to have Kyla, who was born unable to breath on her own, a complication that led to brain swelling. The little girl died just six days after her birth. 

Two years later, the couple adopted a daughter, and eventually gave birth to a healthy boy.

 

For more information on the foundation, or the golf tournament, visit www.kidsforkyla.com. 

 

Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815


 

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