Virgie Robinson tourney set for April 21

Updated: March 2, 2018

In April there is a golf tournament in the Tri-Cities that may appear, on the surface, to be just another tournament amongst so many, but the significance of this event is much more. It’s called the 6th Annual Virgie Robinson Scholarship Charity Spring Golf Classic and it takes place on April 21 at Sun Willows Golf Course.

Virgie Mary Chambers was born to sharecroppers in 1919 and never graduated from high school, not uncommon in those years. She married Richard Robinson in Tacoma in 1945 and moved to Pasco in 1947 after Richard was discharged from the Navy. While in Pasco Virgie got her GED and attended Columbia Basin College. It was at this time that she became a strong supporter of education and started to make a difference in the lives of many children and their families in the area.

She wanted to plant the seeds for higher education in elementary students and became Pasco’s first ombudsman/home visitor in 1966 where she worked with the area’s most at-risk students. Throughout her life she was a dedicated volunteer, educator and community civil rights activist in the Pasco School District.

To commemorate Virgie’s many achievements her son Rickie Robinson and his sisters, partnering with a local radio station, created a scholarship fund in her name with the aim toward providing scholarships to Pasco students who have attended her namesake school. In 2015 five former Virgie Robinson Elementary School students received $1,000 scholarships. Past winners have attended Columbia Basin College, Central Wash. University and the University of Washington.

Cost is $100 per player with chances to win $1,000,000 and much more. To be a part of this important event please visit