Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Wellington Golf Classic returns with a new name in honor of Neil S. Hirsch. The annual Wellington golf tournament, now known as The Neil S. Hirsch Wellington Golf Classic, will occur at the Wellington National Golf Club, 400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington, Fla., on Friday, November 5, 2021. The tournament will kick off with registration at 11:30 AM followed by a shotgun start at 1:00 PM.
“Every year the Club’s golf tournament seems to be more ‘important’ than the previous. However, this year’s tournament has the added distinction of being played in honor of the Club’s namesake who recently passed away,” said Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board Member Elliot T. Bonner Jr.
Neil Hirsch passed away in June and is remembered by the community as a highly involved supporter of the Wellington Club. In 2012 Hirsch made the leading gift to construct a new Wellington Boys & Girls Club. The generous donation made it possible for the Wellington Club to more than triple in size in an area of increasing need.
“Our Wellington children will always have a safe place to go every day after school and in the summer breaks because of what he helped to build. We promise to honor Neil’s legacy for generations to come by continuing his work to help our deserving Wellington children and families that truly need us most,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO Jaene Miranda.
The renamed golf classic will feature many of the same features as in past years, making the event popular with golfers and Club supporters. Guests will enjoy a tournament, on-course lunch provided by Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille of South Florida, on-course contests, live auction and an awards reception.
Committee members include Johnny Meir, Elliot T. Bonner Jr., Max Westerman, Ray Mooney and John Hornberger.
The Neil S. Hirsch Wellington Golf Classic is supported by Elliot T. Bonner Jr., Florida Power & Light, Howard Fabien, Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille of South Florida, John Chandler of Chandler Construction Company, Nicolette Goldfarb of Illustrated Properties, Johnny Meier, My Community Pharmacy, Micky Smith of Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, Max Westerman, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Connor Financial Group and Sassafras Lange.
Proceeds from the Wellington Golf Classic support Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington, one of 17 Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. In particular, this year, the funds will help support Club members overcome a growing achievement gap due to the pandemic and distance learning challenges. The Wellington Club and all other Clubs strategically located throughout the county provide services during regular school hours for distance learning, non-school hours, as well as summer camp opportunities to more than 10,000 boys and girls from ages 6 to 18. The Clubs emphasize educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership, and character-building in a positive and safe environment.