Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County Golf Tourney Supports Child First Program

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Almost $13,000 raised to benefit Child First Program

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County Florida held their third annual Child First Golf Tournament on Sept. 8 at Turtle Creek Golf Club in Rockledge. Above are Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, left, and with GRG Director Mary Ann Sterling.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County Florida held their third annual Child First Golf Tournament on Sept. 8 at Turtle Creek Golf Club in Rockledge.

Almost $13,000 was raised to benefit the Child First Program needs of the agency.

The mission of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County is to support relative caregivers throughout Brevard County in achieving safety, permanency and well-being for their families through education, advocacy and community collaboration.

The tournament featured many repeat golfers, along with some newcomers, to make up the 24 teams of golfers who played in the organization’s major fundraiser.

A special guest appearance was made by Sheriff Wayne Ivey who is a staunch supporter of the services our agency provides to Brevard’s grand families.

Sponsors included Robert Henry, The Proctor Family, Slug-A-Bug Pest Control, Groundswell – Deffebach, Proctor Consulting Group, Terry and Melinda Casto, Turtle Creek Golf Club, Golf Carts Unlimited and Dixon Golf.

Holes were sponsored by families and companies which included Brown; Valentine; Bollinger; Armstrong; Sterling; Curt Smith; Thomas; Horton; Walters; and one, in particular, was In Memory of SPC Waide T James who was killed in action; Tory Bruno, CEO of ULA Launch; Cocoa Hyundai; Quarno’ s Auto Salvage; MCS Courier Service; Randy Fullem from Karr Professional Group; El Leoncito –Viera; the Space Coast Parrothead Club; Laurent Robinson – retired Dallas Cowboy player; A Mother’s Touch Movers; Armstrong Chiropractic; and Cocoa Beach Kiwanis. Office Depot of Viera printed the event flyers.

Silent Auction items included paintings by local artist Mary Weldon, certificates from Victory Casino Cruises and BG Surfside Grill and Adventures.

Door prizes were donated by Victory Casino Cruise, Twisted Birch Sports Bar & Grill, ABC Fine Wines & Liquor, Captain Katanna’s, Pineda Inn, Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf, ClayZ Art Studio, Colorful Distractions By Lil, The Hobson Family, Mary Weldon, Jane Cosgriff, US 1 Golf, Space Coast Tours, Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta, Comforts of Home Care Associates, Zephan Luxury Soap, Burke Real Estate Group, Angie Hernandez and News 13.

The tournament featured many repeat golfers, along with some newcomers, to make up the 24 teams of golfers who played in the organization’s major fundraiser.

During the 4-man scramble tournament, golfers were entertained by a few challenges by Dixon Golf and Golf Carts Unlimited provided a Hole-In-One challenge.

Prizes were awarded to the top three teams along with the winner of a putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin. Luncheon was held immediately following the tourney at Twisted Birch Sports Bar and Grill while the awards and prizes were announced.

“Because we believe every golfer is a winner for supporting this tournament, they were each presented with a “Loaded Mug” as a memento of the event,” said Lil Hobson, GRG Volunteer and Golf Committee Chairperson.

“This year’s mug was filled with Logo Golf Balls provided by Slug-A-Bug Pest Control, Chick-Fil-A gift card, and discount coupons for US1 Golf Center as well as ULA Launch swag.”

During the tournament, volunteer Bill Hobson escorted GRG Director Mary Ann Sterling around the course to personally thank each golfer for their support.

“Our vision is that one day all children will live in a safe loving home with relatives that will help them to develop into their full potential,” said Sterling.

“Living in a place you can call home and knowing that someone will always be there for you is something everyone needs, especially children.”

For more information log on to GRG-Brevard.org

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