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Our Chapter recently lost a great friend, ambassador and supporter of our mission.  David Burke, longtime vice president of The Breakers hotel and a leader in the Florida tourism industry, died suddenly on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the age of 61.

“David was a great believer in our organization and I was lucky to have him as a close personal friend,” said Carl Mistretta, Chapter Executive Director.  “We met because of The Honda Classic’s and the Breakers’ generous support of our chapter and became fast friends, golf buddies and shared a love of football.  We simply cannot believe he is gone. Our thoughts are with his family- Amy, Matt and Ryan.”

Aside from his 27-year career at The Breakers, Mr. Burke served as an ambassador for the Honda Classic, a 100 Friend of The First Tee of The Palm Beaches, a trusted adviser for Discover the Palm Beaches’ board of directors, the vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, and president of the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association.

Golf Channel’s, Tim Rosaforte, is hosting our annual 100 Friends Invitational golf tournament at The Bear’s Club on October 23 which is dedicated in honor and memory to “Burkie” this year.

Tim is a longtime supporter of our Chapter and serves as Vice Chairman of our Honorary Board of Directors.

For more information on the tournament, please CLICK HERE.
For tournament sponsorship information, please CLICK HERE.