Nearly $27,000 Raised for Club Children of Wellington


Successful 33rd Annual Wellington Golf Tournament Benefits Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club
Nearly $27,000 Raised for Children of Wellington

WELLINGTON, Fla. (October 16, 2014) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (BGCPBC) hosted the 33rd Annual Wellington Golf Tournament to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at The Wanderer’s Club. The tournament and the day’s events raised nearly $27,000 for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club. There were 128 BGCPBC supporters that participated in the tournament.

In addition to beautiful weather and 18 holes of golf, the participants had endless opportunities for fun throughout the afternoon. Prior to taking the course, the golfers were treated to brunch, courtesy of TGI Fridays, Whole Foods and Kennesaw Juice. The golfers also had time to enter into a raffle and take a first glance at several silent auction gifts. Following the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, there was plenty of entertainment on the course including, but not limited to a rocket ball launcher, a longest drive contest, a closest to the pin contest and a hole in one contest. The hole in one contest prizes consisted of a golf vacation to St. Andrews; 7 days, 6 nights, a Kindle Fire HDX, a $500.00 VISA gift card and a set of Nike VR-S 2.0 irons. The event wrapped up with dinner, the culmination of the silent auction, both committee and sponsor recognition; and the awards presentation.

The man responsible for the aforementioned fun and who has provided the utmost dedication to this tournament for 33 years is Mr. Ed Portman. Portman has contributed passion and steadfast commitment to this event year after year. “It has been a great 33 year ride planning this tournament to benefit the children at the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club. I’ve been blessed with great committee members and sponsors which makes it seem a lot easier over the years. This year’s committee was a refreshing surprise because every time I turned around someone was there to help. We have had a great run.” says Portman. Portman now sits on the Wellington Board of Directors, which oversees the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.

Eight other committee members, under Portman’s direction, were instrumental in the success of this year’s golf outing. The 2014 committee members included: Todd Barron, Jim Bomar, Elliot Bonner, Max Cohen, Clive Henry, Julie Kime, Ray Mooney and Mickey Smith.

The golf tournament would also not have been possible without the support of this year’s sponsors. The Gold sponsors were The Wanderer’s Club, International Polo Club and Orchard Hill Polo; the Silver, B/E Aerospace, Deloitte, Ernst Young, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, Price Waterhouse and The Barron Group at UBS Financial.

Raising nearly $27,000 in the 33rd Annual Wellington Golf Tournament is a huge success and a record high. Proceeds from the day’s events benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Clubs of Wellington, one of 13 Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club emphasizes educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership, and character building skills in a positive and safe atmosphere. Through quality programs, the Club experience provides children with the guidance they need to make a healthy transition from childhood to young adulthood.

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 or call 561-683-3287.

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