Golf News for Thursday, January 31, 2013 | Charity

Verandah golf event in Florida supports Golisano Children's Hospital

The Verandah Pros Play Fore Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida golf event, held at the Verandah Community, in Fort Myers, Florida, raised $60,000 to support local children's health care, up more than $35,000 over last year's total. Proceeds will go toward the construction of a new, state-of-the-art children's hospital.

The increase signifies the quality of Verandah's residents and their commitment to the community. "Our residents are very philanthropic-minded," said Project Manager Paul Martin. "This golf tournament provided a great opportunity for our members to support the community while embracing the game of golf that they love so much. We are extremely proud of Verandah's contribution."

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, PGA Tour and winner Derek Lamely, 15-year Major League pitcher and two-time World Series champion Rick Aguilera, Symetra Tour players Michelle Shin and Alice Kim and Verandah's Director of Golf Nathan Groce were among the stars that hit the links for the 9-hole match that was held on Verandah's championship Old Orange golf course, a classic design by award-winning architect Bob Cupp.

Verandah resident and Golf Club member Ed Laprade caddied for Lamely and Groce. "It was a great event for a great cause," he said. "It was wonderful to see the participation of the Verandah community and to witness first hand Derek and Nate shoot 8 under par in just 9 holes of golf. We look forward to being part of this special event for years to come."

The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, located within HealthPark Medical Center, is part of the Lee Memorial Health System in Lee County. As the only facility of its kind between Tampa and Miami, The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is dedicated to giving children and teenagers the highest level of medical and surgical care available anywhere.

Verandah is a master-planned community now being developed by Kolter Homes, who brings more than a decade of experience in Florida homebuilding to each of its neighborhoods throughout the southeastern United States. The company is committed to building valued residences and "creating better communities."
Headquartered in Palm Beach County, Kolter Homes is the home building affiliate of The Kolter Group, a private investment firm focused on real estate development, investment and construction.

Located along the Orange River in Fort Myers, Florida, Verandah features 36 holes of golf; the River House with alfresco dining; a tennis and fitness center offering a heated pool; Blossoms Boat House, a meeting place for residents with riverfront decks and canoe and kayak livery; and a dog park for residents' four-legged friends.

The community offers single-family homes, maintenance-free villas and coach homes starting in the $200,000s. The information center is located is located two miles east of Interstate 75 on State Road 80, at 11571 Verandah Blvd., in Ft. Myers, Florida.

For more information, call 239-694-7199 or visit