Building on the success of their first-ever Mardi Gras community fundraiser last month, the volunteer board of Community Housing & Resources (CHR) is heading enthusiastically toward another first - the FGCU-Sanibel Invitational Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 16.
It all happens at the Sanibel Island Golf Club (formerly Beachview) at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.
CHR supporters and friends are seeking sponsors and players for this event, which will feature members of the Florida Gulf Coast University men's golf team and local golf pros. Each team of three golfers will be matched with an FGCU player or local pro.
Getting in the (imagined) mood at St. Andrews Links in Scotland, the home of golf, from left are CHR board chairman Richard Johnson, vice-mayor Mick Denham, Craig Albert of San-Cap Community Bank, and Ed Lockard of Sanibel Island Golf Club.
The entry fee is just $100 (a great price as it's just a few dollars away from the cost of a round during season) and includes golf, snacks and awards luncheon, with prizes for the top three teams. Miller and Budweiser distributors have signed on as beer sponsors.
"We want this to be a fun golf outing on a beautiful course, and no particular level of talent is required," said Richard Johnson, CHR board chair and manager of Bailey's General Store. "We want people to come out, enjoy playing with the golf stars from FGCU, and support CHR."
Funds, he said, are constantly needed because rents on CHR's 74 units are structured to be affordable, based on each resident's income, and this does not cover maintenance, upkeep and improvements.
The Sanibel Island Golf Club is under new management with a new name and loves to show off the course, especially to those who have never played it.
"We're excited to host this tournament to benefit CHR," said Ed Lockard, co-owner of the club. "It's obviously a great cause and we're happy to be a part of it."
The Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank is the event's principal sponsor. Other sponsorship opportunities are the Eagle ($1,000), which includes one threesome and sign recognition at one tee or hole; and Birdie ($500), which includes one threesome and recognition. Those who don't play can become a tee or hole sponsor ($100) and receive name recognition.
For information on sponsorships, contact Kerri Maw at (239) 292-4944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign up as a player, call the course pro shop at 472-2626 and ask for Ed Lockard or Drew Donnelly. Playing positions are limited.