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Red Sox golf event to benefit Lee schools

July 18, 2013
Special to the Reporter (sancapnews@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

As part of its continuing community outreach efforts, the Red Sox Foundation will hold its second Swings For The Sox golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 25.

The tournament takes place at Plantation Golf & Country Club, 10500 Dartington Drive, Fort Myers. A scramble format with prizes for the longest drive, putting, closest to the pin and more begins at 8:30 a.m. Following the tournament, participants will head to JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Red Sox's 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, 11500 Fenway South Drive, for the Party in the Park that includes lunch courtesy of Rib City on the Green Monster. The afternoon also includes self-guided tours, a silent auction, raffle prizes and opportunities for golfers to take batting practice swings from home plate for the chance to win 2014 Spring Training season tickets.

All funds raised will be used by the Red Sox Foundation to support the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc.

Last year's inaugural event raised more than $23,000, and two local nonprofits, the Heights Foundation and the Children's Home Society, each received $10,000 from the tournament proceeds.

"We were very excited that our first local Red Sox Foundation golf tournament not only sold out but raised $20,000 for local nonprofits," said Katie Haas, senior director of Florida business operations.

"The Boston Red Sox organization naturally understands the meaning of teamwork and how it takes a team working together to succeed. The same concept applies to making sure our public-school students achieve at their highest potential," said Marshall T. Bower, president and CEO of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. "Working together, our community can help students and teachers excel, and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is proud to work with the Boston Red Sox to help us succeed in our mission of enhancing and enriching public education."

The Hertz Corporation has signed on as this year's major sponsor. Additional sponsors include Lee Memorial Health System, CVS Caremark and Rib City.

"As one of our first sponsorships since we announced our relocation to Lee County, we are pleased to support the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools," said Richard Broome, executive vice president of corporate affairs and communications at Hertz Corporation.

Additional tournament sponsorships are available from $100 to $2,000. Foursome player packages begin at $600, and non-player Party in the Park passes, which include entry into the park, lunch and batting practice swings, are $50 per person. Raffle items that can be used to aid in raising more money for the foundation and additional funds for those in need throughout Southwest Florida are also being accepted.

For more information call 239-226-4783 or e-mail redsoxgolf@redsox.com.

 
 

 

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