Thousands of dollars worth of fundraiser prizes were stolen from the Down Syndrome Association of Central California Friday morning, the association said in a news release.
In all, about $4,500 worth of raffle and silent auction items donated to the association's 4th annual Tee Up For Down Syndrome Golf Tournament were stolen from a truck in Visalia, said Manuel Cortes, the association's president.
"The tournament will go on as planned," said Cortes. "It is a real blow to our volunteers and the clients we serve."
The tournament is being held Friday at the Ridge Creek Golf Course in Dinuba.
"This golf tournament is one of our major fundraisers; the silent auction and raffle is a major contributor to our net profit. The loss of the swag items for our golfers is a disappointment. I don't know what the thief is going to do with all the shirts, water bottles, and logo golf balls," said Cortes."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Down Syndrome Association of Central California at (559) 228-0411.