The Immokalee Foundation's 2013 Charity Classic Pro-Am golf tournament will pair two dozen of the world's greatest golfers with Naples' most philanthropic players on Monday, Nov. 18 at Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples.
Mark Lye, PGA and Champions Tour professional and Golf Channel analyst, will not only play, but has once again recruited top professionals to take part. To date, the lineup includes golfing greats Michael Bradley, Ken Duke, Steve Flesch, Jeff Gove, Dudley Hart, Nolan Henke, Tim Herron, Skip Kendall, Luke List, George McNeill, George Murray and Joe Ogilvie from the PGA Tour; Russ Chochran, Damon Green, Mike Hulbert and Wayne Levi from the Champions Tour; Mark Lye, Frank Nobilo, Craig Perks and Charlie Rymer, professional golfers and television personalities; Veronica Felibert, Pernilla Lindberg, Michelle McGann and Kris Tschetter from the LPGA Tour; and Jamie Sadlowski, a Long Drive Champ.
Chairing the event for the third year is Kevin Johnson, senior vice president, with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
Johnson said, "Although this promises to be a fabulous day of golf, it is so much more than that - it is about making a significant difference and enhancing the lives of some great kids."
The exclusive event is slated to include only 25 foursomes, plus pros. The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and golf demonstrations, followed by a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The scramble format pairs players with a different pro for each of the nine holes. Lunch and an awards presentation will be held immediately following the benefit tournament.
Entry fees begin at $5,000. All Pro-Am golfers will receive two tickets to the 2013 Charity Classic Celebration dinner and auction Saturday, Nov. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.
The event will benefit the foundation's educational programs such as Immokalee Readers, Take Stock in Children, Career Development and College Success. With the continued generosity of TIF benefactors, sponsors and participants, the nonprofit is able to expand programs and help more children.
Sponsors of the 2013 Charity Classic Celebration and Pro-Am are Arthrex Inc., hope society sponsor; Fifth Third Bank, founding sponsor; Jaguar Naples; Porsche of Naples; Bigham Jewelers; Naples Illustrated, media sponsor; and Kevin Johnson with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Corporate matching sponsors are GE Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation.
This year's Charity Classic Celebration and Pro-Am are more important than ever for TIF's overall success.
"We are aiming higher this year and with the help of sponsors, benefactors and participants, we know we can do it," said Johnson. "Your support can help set dreams into motion and help lead TIF's students on a pathway to success."
The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary training, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences, life skills development and economic independence.
To learn more about TIF, the Charity Classic Celebration, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.