Insurance firm donates $5K to JKPL


An insurance company on Saipan donated yesterday a hole-in-one cash prize for the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library Golf Tournament next week.

Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc., led by president Shirley Sablan, donated $5,000 for the cash prize to anybody who makes a hole-in-one on hole No. 7 of the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort West Course during the 4th Annual JKPL Golf Tournament on Oct. 27, 2018.

In a previous interview with acting JKPL director Beth Demapan, she noted that that the tournament helps finance library activities such as the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the Bookmobile Outreach Literacy Services, two of its most popular programs.

The programs also contribute to the steadily rising number of patrons visiting the library, which is at 104,224 in fiscal year 2017.

JKPL board chair George Camacho expressed gratitude for the donation.

“…Partnership with good people such as Pacifica Insurance as well as other agencies makes this event very successful,” Camacho told Saipan Tribune. “…It just keeps growing. All the golfers on-island know about it, and hopefully everybody comes out that day.”

Last year, the event raised about $10,000 for the library.

Pacifica Insurance’s Sablan told Saipan Tribune in an email that the whole community benefits from the library. JKPL is the CNMI’s lone state library.

“…[JKPL’s] leadership and staff continue to do great things to keep our interest in reading alive. We are glad to have a bit of a hand in their growth,” she said.

Show time for the golf tournament is at 6:30am, while tee time starts an hour later at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort’s west course. The first place winner will pocket $400, second place will get $350, third gets $300, fourth gets $250, and fifth gets $200.

Additional prizes include the longest drive award for hole No. 10 and the most accurate drive for hole No. 9 at $150.

The last day to register is next Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Contact JKPL at235-7315 for tickets and more information.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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