Tim Harris hosts golf fundraiser at Eagle Ridge

Former NFL great Tim Harris signs a San Francisco 49ers' cap

Rebekah Children’s Services Celebrity Tourney sold out with 144
GILROY – Sack specialist Tim Harris – part of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIX Championship team – did not break out the six-shooters like he did so many times during his NFL career.

But the once feared defensive end turned mortgage broker did break out his trusty bag of golf clubs as he was the host celebrity for Monday’s Rebekah Children’s Services Celebrity Golf Tournament at Eagle Ridge Golf Course.

“Not in a while,” said Harris of the last time he shot off his pistols using his hands and fingers after recording a sack.

Will you break them out today?

“Not unless I get a hold of one,” said Harris, who played two separate stints with the Niners from 1991-1992 and 1994-1995. The 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 on January 29, 1995 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.

“We are so fortunate to have a celebrity like Tim Harris working with us,” said Eleanor Villarreal, director of public relations and fund development for Rebekah Children’s Services. “We could not do any better.”

Jerry Rice, who makes frequent visits to Eagle Ridge, was the top celebrity of the field. He graciously signed autographs for fans and took pictures before he teed off.

A full house of 144 golfers participated in the fundraiser benefiting the organization’s ‘Tech For Kids’ campaign.

There were 32 volunteers on hand – helping participating golfers get registered and sending them off to their starting tee boxes for the 1 p.m. shotgun start, bramble rules tournament.

In addition to hitting the links, golfers bid on items in both a silent and live auction – including several autographed sports memorabilia from Jeff Garcia, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. There were also Thomas Kinkade artwork reproductions and a prize package worth $5,000 from the Armido Winery.

Both Garcia and Montana did not attend the event as earlier expected because of conflicting commitments.

But Harris was the toast of the tournament – wearing his giant Super Bowl ring on one finger along with a long smile on his face.

“A good friend turned me on to (Rebekah Children’s Services) so I came out. Everything went well after that,” said Harris, a Fremont resident who is now a mortgage broker for Viva Financial. “I’ve got to keep my day job.”

Harris is an avid golfer though, as well as a humanitarian – chairing the board for the Special Olympics in Gilroy the past two years.

“It’s a gorgeous day,” said Harris before finding his way over to Hole 13 for the start of the tournament.

Rebekah Children’s Services has been in existence for 107 years. Herman Garcia was the tournament chair; Lawson Sakai was the tournament co-chair; Irma Batrez was the volunteer chair; Jacqui Carrasco was the publicity chair; Gloria Cerda was the raffle chair; and Susie Connell was the auction chair.

Along with Villarreal, the sponsorship chairs were Kim Turner, David Graham, David Goldstein, city councilman Roland Velasco, and city councilman Al Pinheiro. The committee members were Bill Ayer, Mario Alcantar, A.J. Bronckington, Coco Muniz, T.J. Owens, Al Velasco and Matt Peterson.

While the overall gross for the tournament is still being calculated, the tournament raised $25,000 in major sponsors, $5,700 in hole sponsors and $1,000 in mulligans.