SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (October 28, 2019) – Ten months ago, car enthusiasts and patrons of Alpio’s at Troon began opening their hearts and their wallets the second Saturday of each month to raise money for charity.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Alpio Barbara, owner of Alpio’s at Troon, and Sue Pille of Platinum Companies, will present a check for $40,000 to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation/Golf-Fore-Charity at the monthly Cars and Coffee at Alpio’s at Troon event.

“It’s amazing how a $2 tip has turned into $40,000,” said David Reese, who along with Mike McDaniel and Tiffany Sharp are co-chairs of Golf-Fore-Charity 2020. “It’s no secret that Alpio has a passion for cars, people and helping kids. We’re honored to be a part of this great event.”

       This year’s check presentation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Alpio’s Troon, 10452 E. Jomax Road, Scottsdale. Last month’s 2-year anniversary event drew 153 custom and high-performance cars. Cars and Coffee runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

In November 2017, Barbara hosted his first Cars and Coffee at Alpio’s. It continued to grow, even after Barbara was in a life-threatening motorcycle accident in April 2018.

“I knew the show had to go on,” Barbara said. “My great circle of friends came together and kept the event going. A gentleman in attendance at the June 2017 event wanted to leave a $2 tip for the free coffee provided by Platinum Companies. ‘That’s not necessary; we’re just happy to have you join us.’ In July, a tip jar for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation was placed at the coffee counter.”

Each month Barbara and House of Hardtops match the tips. Golf-Fore-Charity will match any donations collected up to $2,000 for the month of November.

Additional donations are raised by the North Scottsdale Coffee Group charging a nominal fee to go on group rides around Arizona.

“It all adds up,” Barbara said. “It’s not about me; it’s all about the kids.”

Alpio Barbara

About Alpio’s Troon

Alpio Barbara is a Californian who now spends most of his time in the Valley. The owner/operator of Redwood General Tire in Redwood City, Calif., he was awarded Tire Dealer of the year by Modern Tire Dealer Magazine in 2016. Like so many successful entrepreneurs Alpio just couldn’t slow down so he has combined his personal passion and collection of automobiles with yet another business venture. Needing a place to store and display his cars and motorcycles, he bought a building in the Villages at Pinnacle Peak shopping center at Alma School and Jomax in the Troon development. He designed and built a classic 1950s style diner with a dozen of his ever-changing collection of cars prominently displayed with a backdrop of life-size mannequins of the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe, motorcycle officers, vintage gas pumps and more. Hanging from the ceiling are large-scale models of military aircraft acquired from private collections and period neon signs. For more visit

About Golf-Fore-Charity

 For 19 years, Golf-Fore-Charity has actively raised money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and St. Vincent DePaul.  Last year’s total contributions of more than $1.4 million placed this 501 c3 charity in the Top 15 charity events in Metro Phoenix. For more information, contact Dave Reese, Co-Chairman at (602) 679-0966 or visit 

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