$42,000 Raised for Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington

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WELLINGTON, Fl. (CBS12) -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (BGCPBC) hosted the 35th Annual Wellington Golf Tournament to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at The Wanderers Club. The tournament raised nearly $42,000 for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.

On a beautiful Sunday morning, 136 attendees participated in the golf tournament festivities. Prior to golfing, participants were treated to breakfast, courtesy of Whole Foods Market Wellington and Kennesaw Juice. Attendees also had an opportunity to participate in a raffle and putting contest.

There was no shortage of entertainment on The Wanderers Club state-of-the-art golf course. BGCPBC invited Rocket Launcher and Krank Drivers out to provide a twist to traditional golf. If players decided to purchase a super ticket, they had the chance to participate in longest drive and closest to the pin contests to try to win $100.00 credit to The Wanderers Club Pro Shop. There was also a hole in one contest with the chance to win a $500 VISA gift card, a Kindle Fire, a set of Nike 2.0 Covert Irons and/or a $10,000 cash prize. There were also several stations presented by Whole Foods Market Wellington and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

After golfing, attendees headed back into the clubhouse, being greeted by members of the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. The event concluded with a luncheon where Club Member Cameron shared his impact story, sponsors of the event were recognized and the awards were handed out. Coming in second place was the team consisting of James Courbanou, Richard Hoffman, Connor Martling, and Kevin Steakin, and taking the first place trophies home were Rick Bielen, Elliot Bonner, Nicole Papadakis, and Lance Schnittman.

The 35th Annual Wellington Golf Tournament would not have been possible without the support of Chairman Nic Roldan, and Honorary Chair Ed Portman. The committee members also played key roles during the planning process and included Todd Barron, Jim Bomar, Elliot Bonner, John Hornberger, Julie Kime, Ray Mooney and Mickey Smith. Committee Member, Mickey Smith, stated, “Ed Portman has tirelessly and successfully chaired this tournament for 35 years. For the past couple of years, many of us are stepping up to help him. We stand on Ed’s shoulders, and we are so happy this was the best tournament to date. I say to date, as next year’s tournament will be even bigger and better.”

The golf tournament would also not have been possible without the support of this year’s sponsors. The gold sponsors were The Wanderers Club and The William H. Pitt Foundation. Orchard Hill Polo was the underwriter of the golf polos and hats. Silver Sponsors include B/E Aerospace, Deloitte Tax LLP, Ernst & Young, H & J Contracting, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLC. Finally, Whole Foods Market Wellington was an in-kind silver sponsor.

Raising nearly $42,000 in the 35th Annual Wellington Golf Tournament is a huge success and a record high. President and CEO of the Boys & Girls of Palm Beach County, Jaene Miranda said, “There is no better way to kick off our 2016-2017 event season! The Wellington Club has two great events left…the Wellington Dinner Dance on January 6 and the Great Futures Polo Day of March 12. The golf tournament was just a start to a successful year for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.”

Proceeds from the day’s events benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club s of Wellington, one of 13 Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club emphasizes educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership, and character building skills in a positive and safe atmosphere. Through quality programs, the Club experience provides children with the guidance they need to make a healthy transition from childhood to young adulthood.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County

Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. The thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 8,000 children ages 6-18. For more information, please visit or call 561-683-3287.

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