Are you interested in playing 6 free rounds of golf? All in one day! Still interested? Chapter Director Jen Hong kicked off our 2021 CMAA 100-Hole Challenge this month at The Dye Preserve. That is correct- she played 100 holes of golf in one day to support our Chapter. Her all-day golf effort raised over $1,500 for our children and veterans. “These dollars will be geared towards growing the game of golf for girls and those with special needs,” said Jen. “I am so grateful to everyone that donated.” Donors can still support Jen’s efforts by making a secure online donation at our 100-Hole Challenge website. Interested in playing in the 100 Hole Challenge? Please contact Gennifer Garvin at [email protected] or call at 812-243-5703
At a recent groundbreaking ceremony, Chapter Directors, local dignitaries, and staff announced a new artificial turf practice area to be installed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County newest location at Westside Church. The practice facility (pictured right) will include a tee area, 3 putting greens, 6 colored target greens and a multi-use field. Construction funding for the facility was provided by The Andrew and Robin Hunt Philanthropic Fund via The Community Foundation (Robin and Andrew pictured below left). The facility will open late summer or early fall. “Robin and I are very excited to help implement this project,” said Chapter President Andrew Hunt. “We know we will positively impact the lives of thousands of children with this incredible facility.” This new BGC location at Westside will serve hundreds of children and teens at its Fort Pierce location. With over 55,000 square feet and 50 acres of property, this will be the largest Clubhouse in the county. In addition, the property will also be home to other local partner non-profit organizations that serve the surrounding counties. The groundbreaking was also attended by other local dignitaries such as Will Armstead- CEO of BGCSLC, City Commissioner Curtis Johnson, Pastor Craig from Westside Church, Elizabeth Barbella- CEO of The Community Foundation. and coaches and supporters of our Chapter (Pictured below right, left to right: Chapter Executive Director Carl Mistretta, Coach Willie Scott, Chapter Chairman Steve Rockoff and Mark Cammarene, PGA- General Manager of Fairwinds GC).
Registration is open for summer camps at Crane Watch, The Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course and Fairwinds Golf Course. Please visit our website for information and to register.
Karriem Edwards, 55 years old was with US Navy. He has been playing golf and taking lessons since 1993. Edwards has attended two veterans’ sessions now through Mission United at Weston Hills. “These sessions have become more about relaxing and connecting with people than with a golf ball. We improved our skills but also forged bonds and camaraderie. Even our competitions had the sense of ‘one for all and all for one’, If one wins, we all win. I would like to thank Mission United and First Tee for the opportunity and support as well as Coach Nick and Coach Steve for fostering an environment of collaborative learning and bonding.” Our veterans’ programs are made possible from a generous grant from The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation.
Recently our Ambassadors gathered for a fun event at Springtree Golf Course in Sunrise. The group enjoyed nine holes of golf followed by networking, fellowship and fun! Want to network with leading professionals in Broward County and help promote the mission and programs of First Tee – Broward? Please visit our website to learn more about becoming a Chapter Ambassador.
First Tee – Metropolitan New York participant Megha Ganne, 17, showed her grit and her strength of character at the U.S. Women’s Open last week, taking an early lead over an impressive field and finishing as the low amateur. Megha has participated in First Tee since she was 7 years old, and First Tee – Metropolitan New York Chief Strategy Officer and Program Director Katie Rudolph has served as her longtime coach and mentor. Join us in continuing to root her on this summer and as she enters Stanford University in the fall of 2022. Read more about Megha in this Golf Digest story.
By the way, participants play all six rounds in one day! The 2021 100-Hole Challenge is underway. We have 56 players signed up to play soon at Weston Hills, Lago Mar, Parkland and the Country Club of Coral Springs. Interested in playing the 100 Hole Challenge? Contact Jack Bloomfield at [email protected] or at 954-740-0622. To support one of our players with a secure online pledge for their heroic golfing efforts please visit our website.
Comcast Business has signed on to be one of the First Tee – Broward newest corporate partners as a Nine Healthy Habits Sponsor. First Tee and Comcast both share a commitment to supporting the communities they serve and specific groups including local youth and the military, including veterans, service members and military families. Over the past year, Comcast Business has also stepped up its support for another group that is critically important to the South Florida community – small businesses. In October 2020, it launched Comcast RISE, a multi-year effort to provide grants and media and technology resources to small businesses negatively impacted by recent events including the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, nearly 2,500 entrepreneurs nationwide have been selected as Comcast RISE recipients, including 103 small businesses in Florida. Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support. Comcast Enterprise is also one of the leading service providers of Fiber Optics to the mid-level to large Enterprise market. Comcast Business and Comcast Enterprise has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. Comcast is also proud to be our Chapter’s telecommunications service provider. For more information, call Ed Kolo: 954-299-6815 or email: [email protected]
Our Chapter is delighted to announce our newest First Tee Trustee- Greg Thompson. Greg has worked as a CFO with extensive global experience across many industries including chemicals, building products, medical equipment, manufacturing, technology software and services, and public accounting. Greg was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of KEMET in December 2018. As a result of the recent sale of the company he will be retiring at the end of June. He will also serve as a Director of our Chapter. Greg and his wife Kathy reside in Fort Lauderdale and they both enjoy golf and boating. He will represent our Chapter by attending the annual First Tee Trustee meeting in early October at TPC Sawgrass and a special Trustee gathering in mid-October at Augusta National and Sage Valley. “We are delighted to welcome Greg as our newest Trustee,” said Chater President Dan Young. “His generous gift will allow us to reach even more students and veterans in Broward County and open up new strategic opportunities for our chapter. We also look forward to his experience and insights as a new Director.” Greg brings 25 years of experience engaging with boards of directors and audit committees to enhance shareholder value through strategy development, acquisition and divestiture initiatives, capital structure optimization and operational improvements while maintaining a focus on pragmatic risk management, prudent financial controls and fiscal discipline.
Congratulations to our FIRST EVER chapter participant to be selected to a First Tee Headquarters Participant Opportunity, Ryan Shimony! Ryan was selected to attend the First Tee Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. this July in Philadelphia, PA. First Tee Game Changers Academy is an evolution of the longest standing participant event to address the challenges and experiences teens face in their daily lives and better equip them to build the strength of character to be game changers in their communities. This Academy is one of several national opportunities provided by First Tee headquarters designed to inspire and encourage high school students on a deeper level as they progress through the program and toward higher education opportunities.