Golf News for Monday, December 19, 2016 | Charity

More than $136,000 raised at MBF Champions for Child Safety pro am golf tournament

More than $136,000 was raised at the recent Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. Annual Pro Am Golf Tournament. The 19th annual event, now known as the MBF Champions for Child Safety Pro Am, was held at the Palencia Club.

This year's tournament produced a hole-in-one from amateur golfer, Tom Young. Palencia Club typically only sees 10-12 hole-in-ones per year. Along with honorary chairs Fred Funk, Jim Furyk and Mark McCumber; an additional 18 Pros participated in the tournament, paired with amateur teams at the Heritage Capital Group Pairings Party the evening before the tournament.

"We are very grateful to all the sponsors, participants and honorary chairs," said Executive Director Lynn Layton. "Their support means that children across our state will have access to MBF Child Safety Matters™, an educational program designed to prevent bullying and child abuse."

Lt. Lakesha Burton spoke at the tournament's closing ceremony to highlight just how important MBF Child Safety Matters is and what a difference it could have made in her life.

"The hurt & pain caused by sexual abuse is unimaginable and is the reason, why I'm a police officer," said Lt. Burton. "What if I had been taught this [MBF Child Safety Matters] in the 5th grade. There's no doubt in my mind that if I had been exposed to the Child Safety Matters curriculum that my life would have taken a different path."

Since the golf tournament began, it has raised more than $3.3 million for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. This year's sponsors included: AT&T; A1A Solar, Acosta Sales & Marketing; Ahead Corporate; Bank of America; Barraco and Associates, Inc.; Callaway Golf; Cathy Layton; Champions Brands; Cheney Brothers; Clockwork Marketing Services; Club Car; Dao Fournier; England-Thims & Miller, Inc.; Feldman & Mahoney, P.A.; First Coast News; The Fiorentino Group; FootJoy; GHG Insurance; Glenn Layton Homes; Governmental Management Services, LLC; GreenPointe Holdings; Hampton Golf; Hannah & Bishop Holifield Boutique 3:16; Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.; Heritage Capital Group; Hopping, Green & Sams, P.A.; Island Title of St. Augustine; Jacobsen, Div of Textron; Montoya & Associates; Pepsi; PGA TOUR; PGA TOUR Wives Association; Progressive Debt Relief; Raintree Graphics; Regions; RummellMunz Partners; Southern Wine and Spirits; Underwood Jewelers; Vallencourt Construction; Vulcan Materials Company; Wrathell Hunt & Associates, LLC; and Yellow Dawg Striping.

To learn more about the foundation and its mission, visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org or call (904) 642-0210.

About the Monique Burr Foundation for Children
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc., was founded in 1997 by Edward E. Burr, president and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide prevention education relevant to issues facing children today through their MBF Child Safety Matters™ program, a research-based, comprehensive prevention program, designed to educate and empower students and adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all types of child abuse and exploitation.

For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, call (904) 642-0210 or visit www.mbfchildsafetymatters.org.