The first ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Golf Tournament was held on April 6, 2013 at the Westin Diplomat Golf Resort in Hollywood, Florida.
The EcoGolf Tournament was the first ISC-Audubon produced EcoGolf Tournament and is one part of the not-for-profit organizations efforts aimed at making people aware of sustainability and to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy nature.
ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Manager, Lucia Anreus-Hall said, "We are very pleased that so many people, including a number of celebrities joined us for the golf event. The main purpose of the EcoGolf Tournament was to have fun, and to raise money for a local charity, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida." Anreus-Hall concluded.
Everyone played in the EcoGolf Tournament, but in addition to the golf, a special dinner and auction was held on Friday evening, April 5. This special evening included entertainment being provided by, among others, Ski Johnson who is a Five Time Grammy Recipient saxophonist, Cristian Daniel Born a Salsa singer and dancer, and even Yusnier Viera a Guinness World Record holder known also as the human calculator.
The three-day event was capped off by the EcoKids Golf Clinic and Nature Education Program on Sunday morning from 9 till noon. Kids from the greater Miami-Dade region participated in the event, which included golf instruction being given by five women professional golfers who all have appeared on the Golf Channel's Big Break television series.
Aubrey McCormick who appeared in Big Break Atlantis said, "It was incredible to see the surplus of knowledge the children at the EcoKids Golf and Nature Clinic had about the environment and the local butterfly. It is crucial that the generations to come be aware of how golf can play a role in enhancing and preserving nature. It was inspiring to see youth take interest and show passion about planting a symbolic tree and learning more about sustainability. I believe this is the future of golf, to educate and empower going green on and off the golf course".
The Sunday morning activities was capped off with ISC-Audubon Chairman, Ron Dodson giving a brief presentation to the group of kids about the importance of butterflies and wildlife habitat including the Florida State Butterfly, the Zebra Longwing. ISC-Audubon provided live butterflies for the kids to see, and to eventually release in a habitat area on the Westin Diplomat property.
In a symbolic gesture noting the intention of ISC-Audubon to offset all of the carbon emitted as a result of the EcoGolf Tournament, Eric Dodson, CEO of ISC-Audubon and with the assistance of the kids who participated in the EcoKids Golf and Nature Clinic planted a tree on the Westin property. Dodson said, "We are only planting one tree on the property today as a symbol that represents our efforts to plant many plants in the nearby Oleta River State Park that will not only offset all the carbon emissions created by the EcoGolf Tournament, but create wildlife habitat for a large variety of species of wildlife as well. ISC-Audubon is not only concerned about climate change, but about the loss of biological diversity too," Dodson said.
ISC-Audubon is planning now for future events that will include additional EcoGolf Tournaments as well as additional events and activities that are all aimed at getting people to connect with nature. Eric Dodson said, "Everything that ISC-Audubon does falls under the banner of Spreading the seeds of Sustainability, and whether it is though a golf tournament, an evening program, a trip to some nature area, or membership in one of our programs, we are simply focused on planting the seeds of sustainability in the minds of as many people as we can reach and working hard to motivate each person to action, where they live, work and play."
ISC-Audubon operates with the main purpose of benefiting society, while offering professional and sustainably based programs, certifications, products and services.
ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability.
ISC-Audubon is committed to science based, economically viable, environmentally healthy and socially beneficial actions that will improve the quality of life for everyone, while ensuring that future generations have the ability to meet their own needs.
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