The 5th Annual Daniel Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament,aised a record $25,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County.

Santa Maria, CA: The 5th Annual Daniel Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament, held on June 8 at the Santa Maria Country Club, raised a record $25,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County.

The Johnson and Harlow families have raised $79,500 in Dan’s memory. As a result, 53 at-risk children throughout Santa Barbara County have received a mentor big brother or big sister.

Kristen and Dan Johnson were newlyweds of just four months when he was killed in Afghanistan on October 5, 2010 during his second tour of duty. To honor his memory and give back to a charity near and dear to Dan’s heart, Kristen and her family created the Daniel Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament.

“This tournament means so much to me and my family,” explains Kristen Harlow Johnson, Daniel’s widow. “It is such an honor to host the tournament in Dan’s name and to have the community come out to honor him year after year. Seeing all the love and support for Dan even after 5 years is a reminder that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

Major sponsors this year included Rabobank as American Hero Sponsor, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians as Patriot Sponsor, and Best Buy Auto Sales, Keithly-Williams Seeds, Orton Contracting, American Well Services, Wellco Group, San Ysidro Farms, and Santa Maria Chrysler - Jeep – Dodge as Champion Sponsors.

Dan was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base as a member of the U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and was a volunteer Big Brother.


Photo caption: A check presentation ceremony took place Monday, July 13 at 10:30am near the tree dedicated to Daniel Johnson at Rotary Centennial Park in Santa Maria. Pictured from left are Sarah Rudd-Lawlor, Big Brother Big Sister Program Manager, Larry Harlow (Kristen Johnson’s father), Kristen Johnson, Melinda Johansson, Family Service Agency Development Manager and Lisa Brabo, Family Service Agency Executive Director.

Recognized as the single most effective prevention-based mentoring program in the United States, Big Brothers Big Sisters (a local program of Family Service Agency) provides children facing adversity with strong, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Last year, 220 youth throughout Santa Barbara County benefitted from the program – all children facing difficulties, many from homes with single-, low-income or incarcerated parents. Youth served through the program are more likely than their peers to succeed in school, make safer behavioral choices and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.

Established in 1899, Family Service Agency has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County’s most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. FSA programs ensure access to food, shelter and other basic needs, as well as youth mentoring and a wide-array of mental health programs. Each year, nearly 20,000 Santa Barbara County residents receive services at FSA sites, as well as on school campuses, at community centers and in their homes.

For more information, contact: Melinda Johansson
(805) 965-1001 x256


For more information, contact: Melinda Johansson
(805) 965-1001 x256

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