It was 1983 when Victor Fontana gathered some friends and planned a charity golf tournament in memory of Tommy Simone, the oldest son of his good friend, Anthony Simone.
Who would have known when they teed it up at Stayton Meadows that all these years later they would have accomplished so much? Through the hard work and generosity of so many, the Simone-Fontana Foundation has been able to permanently endow two annual scholarships at Rockhurst High School, gifted more than $500,000 to Children’s Mercy Hospital and contributed more than $1,000,000 overall to local charities and schools. The Simone- Fontana Foundation is especially proud of accomplishing all of this without the benefit of a single paid employee.
Through continued golf tournaments, poker tournaments and other fundraisers, the Simone-Fontana Foundation continues to make annual contributions to our many charities. We have also continued our tradition of donating $1,000 to the school of the Simone Award winner.
The Simone-Fontana Foundation now presents five $1,000 checks annually to the winning school of the Simone, Fontana, Buchanan, Bell and Taylor Awards.