For nearly four decades, the Ben and Betty Zarda family has been the backbone of the Catholic Charities’ Annual Golf fundraiser, The Golf Classic. Ben and Betty loved the Golf Classic, and each spring, Ben would begin to make his calls – soliciting donors, teams, sponsorships and favors. Most of those he called, knew exactly the reason as soon as they heard his voice on the other end of the phone. They couldn’t wait for the Monday after Mother’s Day each year, as they greeted all of the golfers and sponsors who came out to spend a day on the course in support of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.
Ben and Betty’s children and grandchildren have long played a role in the event. With Ben and Betty’s passing within the last year and a half, even more of the family members have become involved. It surely gives Ben and Betty great joy to look down and see so many of those whom they cherished, ensuring the great legacy of the Ben and Betty Zarda Golf Classic continues.
In Loving Memory
A Lifelong Legacy
Ben & Betty Zarda
Catholic Charities is grateful for the tireless support from the founding sponsors of the Ben & Betty Zarda Family Golf Classic. The event has raised more than $3 million for Catholic Charities since its start in 1981.
In the last year, we said goodbye to both Ben and Betty. Their generous and giving spirit, however, lives on through the Golf Classic as their family continues their legacy of raising funds to feed families in need.
37th Annual Ben & Betty Zarda Family Golf Classic
36th Annual Ben & Betty Zarda Family Golf Classic
35th Annual Ben & Betty Zarda Family Golf Classic