Golfers Tee Off for Families of Fallen Oakland Officers

All proceeds going to families of fallen officers

The families of four Oakland police officers who were shot and killed in March are getting some help from the fairway.

Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege were killed in a confrontation with wanted parolee Lovelle Mixon after Dunakin and Hege made a traffic stop on Mixon at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland on March 22.

On Monday, about 160 golfers, including about 30 police officers, will participate in a tournament aimed at raising money for the officer's families.

The sold-out event, called the "Fallen Heroes Benefit Golf Tournament," will be hosted by Sequoyah Country Club, located at 4550 Heafey Road in Oakland.

Several Bay Area businesses donated cash and other items and almost every private golf club in the East Bay donated a foursome of golf for the auction. There's even a vacation to Kuai on the auction block.

"There's really been a wonderful outpouring of support from the business community and the public," club general manager Tom Schunn told the Oakland Tribune.

The golfers will also pay tribute to the fallen officers in the form of team structure. Each four-member team will gain a fifth member -- an officer from the Oakland Police Department.

Check-in is between 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., there's a shotgun start at noon and at 5 p.m. there will be no-host cocktails, dinner and an auction.

All of the proceeds from the tournament, projected to be at least $50,000, will be donated to the families of the fallen officers.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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