In 1996, our dear friend Pete Leyva suggested Richardson & Richardson Construction introduce a company-sponsored golf tournament. We invited our employees, subcontractors, and suppliers to that first tournament, which was held on a cold and windy British Open kind of day. We even got some snowfall! Those first 25 players had such a great time that we decided this would be a perfect way to raise money for local charities, and so, the Richardson & Richardson Charity Classic was born!
The 1998 tournament benefited “Families for Children,” a service of the New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches. The Ranches has been an institution in New Mexico for more than 70 years, providing faith-based services to at-risk youth, counseling for families, and a foster care organization. More than 30 teams participated that year and it's only grown since. The tournaments have continued to be both fun and successful. In 2009 alone, we collected nearly $55,000 in donations! We have consistently experienced more support than we ever could have imagined back in 1996.
When our beloved friend Pete passed away in 2003, we decided to rename the tournament in his honor. Since then, the Pete Leyva Memorial Golf Tournament has been instrumental in benefiting the New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches, contributing more than $530,000 since its inception. We're proud to support the efforts of this fine organization. We hope you will join us at this upcoming event!
Established as New Mexico Boys Ranch, Inc. in 1944, the organization has evolved into five divisions that promote opportunity and meaningful help for struggling children and their families. Its multi-denominational Christian programs offer kids a safe place to live, a personalized plan to address their needs and goals, and individualized education and counseling. The Ranches offers families help through services such as crisis management, family counseling and parent skills training.
The Ranches does not accept government funds or sponsorship from any national organization or church denomination. All contributions are a result of the generous support of private individuals, businesses, corporations, civic organizations, foundations and a variety of churches.
With your support of the Richardson & Richardson Charity Classic, The Ranches has helped thousands of kids and teens develop essential skills, make lasting connections and giving them a second chance toward a better future.
We are sorry to announce that the 2020 Tournament will not be held due to COVID-19. It's a disappointment but we hope we will be back on the course next year, so please save the date of September 20, 2021!
Update November 2020
We Missed You, and the Ranches Did, Too!
Each year, one of our favorite company activities is hosting the Pete Leyva Memorial Golf Tournament, in support of the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch (also known as the Ranches). For over 20 years, we have gathered every September to raise money for this good cause.
Our tournament in September 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the folks at the Ranches are still working hard serving our state’s at risk youth. In fact, since the pandemic, they are helping even more kids. We would like to ask all of our readers to consider donating to this great organization to help them offset their operating costs. You can find more information at www.theranches.org/donations. We appreciate all of your support!