More than 95 amateur golfers from Palm Beach County came together May 6th to help raise funds to support local veterans through the game of golf. The fifth annual PGA HOPE Classic presented by Cadillac, Raymond James and SBA was held at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter.
Unfortunately, this year’s 18-hole tournament was canceled due to extreme weather conditions but players enjoyed lunch and conversation with old friends before the winners of the raffle and silent auction were announced.
“It’s a pleasure, it’s an honor and it’s a privilege to be part of this event,” said Rob Torrington, SFPGA HOPE Committee member. “Our goal is to raise money for veterans to help them cope and adapt back into civilian life; and deal with both the physical and mental disabilities that they may be struggling with by hosting programs like PGA HOPE.” Rob is a great example of the common participant- a local businessman and philanthropist hoping to support their community. Just like the SFPGA Foundation’s mission: to change lives through the game of golf in their local community.
The results of the day are designed to help fund the South Florida PGA Foundation’s PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program. Which to date has impacted over 700 local military veterans through free golf instruction taught by PGA Professionals.
This year the PGA HOPE Classic raised $73,000 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, Twitter and Instagram. For more information or how you can support the SFPGA Foundation, click here.
ABOUT PGA HOPE
In 2015, PGA HOPE was launched in south Florida. PGA HOPE was designed to provide local military veterans with an opportunity to learn the game of golf as a 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 veterans 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 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.