More than 75 amateur golfers from Palm Beach County came together May 10th to help raise funds to support local veterans through the game of golf. The 3rd annual PGA HOPE Classic presented by FITTEAM and Raymond James took place at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Florida.
The PGA HOPE Classic began with a special veteran presentation, followed by an 18-hole tournament, and finished with a cocktail reception and silent auction. The results of the day are designated to help fund the South Florida PGA Foundation’s PGA HOPE (helping our patriots everywhere) program. The special veteran presentation included the singing of National Anthem by the Jupiter Christian School’s choir and a presentation of the colors by Jupiter High School Junior ROTC.
But what really gave heart to the golf event, was the firsthand account of PGA HOPE participant Mary Anderson-Kokell, a Vietnam War Army veteran. She shared how HOPE got her out of her house and made her feel welcome in society once again. Kokell implored everyone in the attendance to come to a HOPE program and see the affects it has on the participating veterans. Such as, a Korean War veteran that can hardly stand on his own, but can now walk up to the driving range and drive a golf ball 20 yards. At the end of the day during the cocktail reception, Kokell challenged all in attendance to bring one of the 450 veterans that have gone through the PGA HOPE program to next year’s event. This challenge is to show the veterans how their local community has their back even after the six-week of golf lessons are over.
This year the PGA HOPE Classic raised $46,000 for the South Florida PGA Foundation’s PGA HOPE program. You can find media from the day’s events on all South Florida PGA media outlets including Facebook and Instagram. For more information or how you can support the SFPGA Foundation, go to our website at www.sfpgagolf.com/programs.
ABOUT PGA HOPE
In 2015, PGA HOPE (helping our patriots everywhere) was launched in south Florida. PGA HOPE was designed to provide local military veterans with an opportunity to learn the game of golf as form of rehab from local PGA Professionals. PGA HOPE provides golf as a therapeutic rehabilitation tool for all military Veterans. The lifetime sport of golf has proven to be an excellent outlet for activity and competition but also allows military to assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game provides.
ABOUT THE SOUTH FLORIDA PGA FOUNDATION
The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,850 men and women PGA Professionals serving as the experts in business and the game of golf.
In 2004 the South Florida PGA Foundation began operations as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community. Since its inception, the Foundation has experienced extreme growth through the support of countless PGA Professionals, facilities, and numerous corporations. Over the past thirteen years the Foundation has touched the lives of more than 12,000 individuals residing in South Florida, through various programming included but not limited to junior golf, charitable gifting, and scholarships.
Administering numerous programs including but not limited to the South Florida PGA Junior Tours, PGA HOPE, Smiling Fore Life and many more, the SFPGA Foundation strives each year to make a greater impact on the community. You can stay up to date on our involvement throughout south Florida and read about what we do, in our Foundation Newsletter – Full Swing with the SFPGA Foundation.