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On Monday, July 20th, the Southwest Chapter of the North Florida PGA presented checks of up to $10,000 to six non-profit organizations across the Sarasota community with an overall charitable total of $46,000. Representatives from the six local charities gathered together at the Southwest Chapter Awards at Laurel Oak Country Club to receive their donation on behalf of their respective organization.

Through the Southwest Chapter’s PGA Golf Day campaign, the charitable total of $46,000 was raised directly by the hands of the PGA Professionals in the Sarasota community. The Chapter strives for as many of their Members as possible to be involved in their charitable efforts each year. "PGA Professionals have a particular affinity for helping children," states Lakewood Ranch Teaching Professional, Jeff Boudrie, PGA. "All of us had mentors in our lives who not only taught us golf, but also taught us valuable life lessons in how to be good human beings. Someone took the time to pay it forward to each of us, and we’re thrilled that we can help these organizations that do so much for today’s kids."

This year’s proceeds are the result of The Oaks Club’s PGA Golf Day event held last year in Osprey, Florida. The Oaks Club welcomed pledges from over 200 golfers and PGA Professionals alike, pledging $10 each per birdie made by the professional staff. The professionals joined together to not only play golf on the Club’s stunning fairways, but more importantly, to support and raise money for the local organizations who make a difference across Sarasota. “It’s a great feeling being able to raise all of this money for various children’s charities,” states The Oaks Club’s Director of Golf, Tim Beckwith, PGA. “I am so proud of the club and our staff and I am honored to be able to give back to our community through these fundraising efforts.”

The charitable total of $46,000 was distributed among six local charities that are near and dear to the Southwest Chapter and to the Sarasota community. The six charities include the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Make a Wish Foundation of South Florida, First Tee of Sarasota, Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association, and the Capri Isles Junior Golf Program. “We are so thankful for the support of the Southwest Chapter of the North Florida PGA,” states the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota’s Regional Development Manager, Tanya Orr. “Now more than ever, our Club members and their families need support from the Boys & Girls Club. These funds will help us continue to provide our local youth with positive programs to help them achieve great futures and critical services needed during these unprecedented times.”

“During these critical times, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been doing everything possible to be there for and to help the children and families in need,” states the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Joy Mahler. “Due to the pandemic, where children began feeling very isolated and lost, we were limited in our ability to stay connected so we made it a priority to train our staff and volunteers to virtually remain a part of the lives of their littles during these traumatic times. For us, the funding from the Southwest Chapter of the NFPGA, at such a pivotal point, has helped us continue to not only interview new volunteers, but to step up our case management in order to help our matches stay connected. We greatly appreciate the PGA’s efforts and their willingness to reach out beyond themselves to utilize their skill set to make a huge difference. The PGA’s passion for mentoring truly has been proven as a testament to our organization.”

About the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota- The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota plays an integral role in the Sarasota County community, providing daily programs and services to thousands. The organization enables all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens and strives to assure success is within reach. 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6-18 years old throughout the Sarasota area. The organization provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

About Make-A-Wish of South Florida- Make-A-Wish of South Florida serves a unique and vital role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses. Their belief that a wish experience can be a game changer for a child with a critical illness guides the organization in everything they do and inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.

About the First Tee of Sarasota & the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association- The First Tee is a youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, the organization helps shape the lives of kids from all walks of life by reinforcing ethics through the game of golf. The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association joined First Tee of Sarasota in an effort to provide youth golfers with affordable golf opportunities. The GSJGA is a non-profit organization that promotes instructional and competitive junior golf and is a platform to gain knowledge of the rules, etiquette, and engagement in tournament golf. 

About the Capri Isles Junior Golf Program- The non-profit junior golf program at Capri Isles is designed for more than just golf instruction, it’s about teaching valuable life skills through golf. The organization teaches etiquette of the game, respect of fellow golfers, and respect of the golf course. The goal of the junior golf program is to provide each child with life skills that they carry with them every day and open up doors for them in the future.


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