The sold-out fifth annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic raised more than $84,000 to benefit Guadalupe Center’s three educational programs serving the children of Immokalee.
Held April 8 at Vineyards Country Club in Naples, the Golf Classic attracted a record 136 golfers and included lunch and 18 holes of championship golf, followed by an awards party that featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction.
First place winners included golfers Charlie Cypress, Mateo Jimenez, Cicero Osceola and Mondo Tiger. The second place team was Derrick DeHays, Michael Meehan, Kas Ogasnowski and Ken Thomas, while the third place team consisted of Charles Brennan, Steven Graham, Jim Linus and Nicholas Mingone. Jackie Vasey was this year’s tournament director.
Proceeds from the golf tournament will support Guadalupe Center’s three educational programs: Early Childhood Education for youth up to 5 years old; After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment for students in kindergarten, first and second grades; and Tutor Corps for college-bound students at Immokalee High School. Guadalupe Center is a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.
Event sponsors for the Golf Classic included Seminole Casino Hotel, BCB Homes, CMR Construction & Roofing, Pam and Bill Dempsey, Huntington Private Bank, Linda and Bill Macartney, Vineyards Country Club, Barbara and Joe Baughman, Michael D’Alessandro, Lee Health, The Naples Trust Company, Sandy and Roger Vasey, Genco Business Systems, IBERIABANK, Lisa and John McNichol, Karan and William Peters, Ann and Tom Ruane, and Linda and Murray Yost.
Auction and prize sponsors included Audi Naples, Tom Patri, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Naples, Jeff Diermeier, Aielli Group, Naples Botanical Garden, Tarpon Lodge, Keith Raygor, Aldecor Custom Framing & Gallery, PGA Superstore and Chez Boët.
Gulfshore Life and Beasley Media Group were the media sponsors.
About Guadalupe Center
Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven, nonprofit organization with proven results in creating endless possibilities for the students of Immokalee through education and fostering personal and academic success that leads to economic independence. With a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, Guadalupe Center is proud of the children’s accomplishments: 94 percent meet or exceed kindergarten readiness measures, 100 percent of Tutor Corps high school seniors graduate high school and are accepted into college, and more than 92 percent graduate with a post-secondary degree.