Tom Lamore tiptoes as he tries to keep his balance on a mechanic surfboard during the Mesa Verde Classic charity golf event at Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa on Monday. (KEVIN CHANG, Daily Pilot / January 21, 2013)

At one hole, I saw Councilman Gary Monahan serving drinks. At the tee for hole No. 2, representatives from Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop served sangria. Two gentlemen from a cigar shop, Mursuli, offered to roll a cigar.

Ben Veling, 19, may have put on his gorilla suit to scare people, but I heard he also was flirting with some hula girls and sometimes dancing.

Restaurants offered plenty of food and drinks.

"This is the 6,000-calorie round of golf," Mayor Jim Righeimer said.

He said he had a great time, but it didn't look like he played.

"I like the fact that the whole community gets together; everyone is working for one cause," he said. "They are raising money for the youth."

Righeimer said new facilities at Costa Mesa schools help the community grow and can build strength in the athletic programs.

City CEO Tom Hatch concurred. His daughter, Courtney, attends Mesa, where she is a cheerleader and is involved with the drama program and Associated Student Body.

"I'm a big Costa Mesa High School guy," Hatch said. "My heart and soul is at Costa Mesa High School. But the collaboration with Estancia is good, competitive fun. Working together, we're uplifting those schools. There's a good buzz and a good feeling of accomplishment. We can point to all the good things that are happening in those schools and you can credit programs like Costa Mesa United."

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