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Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic

Doyon Foundation established the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic in honor of the late Morris Thompson, an avid supporter of education who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. Read more about Morris. Morris Thompson graphic

The event raises money for Doyon Foundation’s Morris Thompson competitive scholarships, which are awarded to students who exhibit Morris’ most-admirable qualities, including vision, dedication to excellence, exemplary leadership and integrity. Since inception of the event, the Foundation has awarded 183 Morris Thompson Memorial competitive scholarships totaling $428,180.

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Save the Date for 18th Annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic

June 21 – 22, 2018

Doyon Foundation and Doyon, Limited are excited to announce the upcoming 18th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic. The annual golf classic, supporting the Foundation’s competitive scholarship program, will take place Thursday and Friday,
June 21 – 22, 2018, at the Chena Bend Golf Course in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

The theme of this year’s golf classic is “Hitting the Green for Greatness.” This year, the tournament will host 28 teams, which will be chosen at random within handicaps A, B, C and D. Those who would like to choose their own teams will be charged a fee.

There are numerous opportunities to support the event as a sponsor, and organizers are happy to set up custom sponsorship packages.

Last year’s event raised $103,097 for the Morris Thompson competitive scholarship fund.

For more information regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact 459-2000 (in Fairbanks) or 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free).

Past Events

Read more about the 2017 golf classic.

Read more about the 2016 golf classic.

Read more about the 2015 golf classic.

More Information

For information on how you can get involved as a sponsor, email golf@doyon.com or call 907.459.2098.

About Morris Thompson

Morris Thompson, the son of Warren Thompson from Indiana and Alice (Grant) Thompson from Tanana, dedicated his life to Alaska Native issues and its people. A Koyukon Athabascan, Morris was born and raised in Tanana, Alaska and is now laid to rest in his home village.

Morris was one of Alaska’s most prominent business leaders. He was the youngest commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and held leadership positions in both the Alaska Federation of Natives and Commonwealth North, as well as a cabinet position in the Hickel Administration. In 1985, he took over the helm of Doyon, Limited as president and CEO until 2000, leading the corporation to become one of the most profitable and stable Alaska Native corporations it is today.

Native leader, corporate leader, political leader - he was all of these. But his essence was that of a family man, loving and always united with his wife, Thelma, their three daughters and grandchildren. “Big,” his nickname from an early age, will always be cherished by his family and friends.

Morris traveled the world, from villages to Washington, D.C. But he never forgot where he came from. He always referred to himself as “just another boy from Tanana.” He used his wit, values and wisdom to heal, unite and lead. His lifelong commitment to bringing all Alaskans together in progress and prosperity made him a true bridge between cultures.