Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Silver Anniversary Golf Classic Hits Long Drive To Success
Golf Tournament & Auction Raise Over $235,000
West Palm Beach, FL (May 23, 2014) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (BGCPBC) recently held its 25th Annual Golf Classic and Auction in North Palm Beach, raising more than $235,000 for the at-risk children served by the Clubs. This longstanding event was chaired once again by former CBS12 Sports Anchor Pat Murphy, creator of the tournament 25 years ago. Since its inception, the Annual Golf Classic has raised over $6 million for the BGCPBC.
Joining Murphy in his efforts were CBS12’s Matt Lincoln and Stephanie Watson as co-chairs. Committee members included Todd Barron, Mary Church, Michelle Klein, Reg Miller, Christine Pitts, Tracy Sherman and Mark Travaglini.
“I am proud to be involved with such a top-notch event,” said Pat Murphy. “We have been fortunate enough to have the continuous support of so many good people in Palm Beach County. Every year we host this event, our supporters enable us to serve children in dire need of the services our Clubs provide their communities. Above all, it is incredibly rewarding to know we’ve had a phenomenal impact in the lives of so many young people throughout these 25 years.”
The festivities began Friday, May 16th with more than 220 guests attending the silver anniversary dinner party and auction. During the reception, guests were welcomed by Club members of the Florence DeGeorge Boys & Girls Club in West Palm Beach, and lingered at a patio cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks and browsed an array of silent auction items including golf foursomes, vacation packages, sports memorabilia and more. The highlight of dinner was a tribute to Pat Murphy for his 25 years of dedicated service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was the recipient of the 2014 Great Futures Award.
The event continued Saturday morning as 144 golfers took to the links at a private course in North Palm Beach. Players s hit for finishing prizes including handsome wrist watches courtesy of Tourneau, a set of clubs from Palm Beach Golf Center, and gourmet KitchenAid products donated by Whirlpool. Taking tops honors as Gross Champions were Matt Barnes, Kevin Propel, Michael Dumbleton and Mark Holtzhausen with a score of 57. Second place went to Warren Bottke, Steve Hart, Bob Koepka and Pat Murphy, and third place was won by Peter Colangello, Mike Leighton, John Pellecchia and John Weber.
Taking home first place in the Net Category were Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Dorothy Bradshaw, John Kime and Rusty Lamm. Second place was Dan Dolbee, Keith Fox, Jason Slohn and Jared Crocker, and third Mark Whyman, Eric Nova, Mike Vega and Ben Hartman.
On the course golfers enjoyed refreshments and snacks underwritten by Lost Tree Realty. Players also had the opportunity to win a brand new Jeep Cherokee provided by Arrigo if they were able to sink the hole-in-one challenge.
The tournament is proud to have the support of the C. Kenneth and Laura Baxter Foundation, Inc., The William H. Pitt Foundation, BMO Private Bank, Publix Super Markets Charities, Neil S. Hirsch, Brown Distributing, CBS12 News, Frank Fuhrer, G4S, Palm Beach Golf Center, Tire Kingdom, Toshiba Business Solutions, Tourneau and Whirlpool Corporation as Tournament and Corporate Sponsors. Gold Sponsors include D.S. Eakins Construction Corporation, joined by Silver Sponsors Arrigo, B/E Aerospace, Bethesda Health, Steven & Kelly Colamarino, Illustrated Properties Charities, Inc., Health Care REIT, Inc., Mary Church, MDH Printing, Oasis Outsourcing, PGA of America, Rendina Healthcare Real Estate, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, Templeton & Company, LLC and The Barron Group at UBS Financial along with Underwriters The Gardens Mall, Lost Tree Realty and Sylvia James.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. The thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 6,000 children ages 6-18. For more information, please visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287.