Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Golf Tourney Raises $14,000 to Benefit Needs of the Agency

23 teams, including 88 golfers, participated this year and every golfer won a prize

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard Founder and Executive Director Mary Ann Sterling, center, with one of four Space Coast Parrothead Club teams that played in the GRG Golf Tournament at Turtle Creek Golf Club. The Space Coast Parrothead Club was a Gold Sponsor and Hole Sponsor.

BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard’s 4th Annual “Child First” Golf Tournament at Turtle Creek Golf Club in Rockledge was a great success as it raised almost $14,000 to benefit the needs of the agency.

GRG Founder and Executive Director Mary Ann Sterling said the volunteer team, made up of grandparents and grandchildren, started work before sunrise to ensure a smooth tournament.

“Twenty-three teams, including 88 golfers, participated this year and every golfer won a prize,” said Sterling.

New this year was breakfast during registration provided by Life Care Centers of America – Melbourne/Palm Bay.

The four-man scramble tournament included a few challenges by Dixon Golf, plus a Hole-in-One challenge to win a beautiful golf cart by Golf Carts Unlimited.

Prizes provided by Turtle Creek Golf Club, along with trophies, were awarded to the top three teams along with the winner of a putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin.

Luncheon was held immediately following the tourney at Twisted Birch Sports Bar and Grill, while the awards and prizes were announced.

“This year each golfer was greeted by volunteers from the Space Coast Parrothead Club with a Lei and one of our signature “Loaded Mugs” as a memento of the event,” said Sterling.

The 4-man scramble tournament included a few challenges by Dixon Golf plus a Hole-In-One challenge to win a beautiful golf cart by Golf Carts Unlimited. (Grandparents Raising Grandchildren image)

SPONSORS FOR THE EVENT WERE:

PLATINUM LEVEL: Robert Henry

GOLD LEVEL: James Proctor Family, Marlin & Pattra Bollinger, Space Coast Parrothead Club, Terry & Melinda Casto, and Tory “Rocketman” Bruno

LOGO BALL SPONSOR: Slug-A-Bug Pest Control

LOGO TOWEL SPONSORS: Golf Carts Unlimited

Other sponsors included Dixon Golf, Golf Carts Unlimited, Life Care Centers of America, Turtle Creek Golf Club, Twisted Birch Sports Bar & Grill and Office Depot – Viera.

EXCLUSIVE HOLE SPONSOR: Proctor Consulting

HOLE SPONSORS: Bob & Blake Walters, Cocoa Hyundai, Curt Smith, Mike Thomas, Quarno’s Auto Salvage, Space Coast Parrothead Club, The Armstrong Family, The Sterling Family and The Valentine Family.

SILENT AUCTION DONORS: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits – Suntree #55, Artist Mary Weldon, Colorful Distractions by Lil, Frog Bones Family Shooting Center, Hobson Family, Hot Rayz Limousines, Sue Arnett, Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill, Victory Casino Cruises and Zephan Luxury Soap

DOOR PRIZE AND MONETARY DONORS: Ashley’s of Rockledge, Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta, Buffalo Wild Wings – Viera, Clamons Family, Comforts of Home Care Associates, Inc., Ginny Gleason, Hobson Family, Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf, LongHorn Steakhouse, Mike and Linda Brown, Red Robin Melbourne, Slug-A-Bug Pest Control, Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill, US 1 Golf Center and Victory Casino Cruises.

“Thanks to this overwhelming support, early totals indicate almost $14,000 was raised to benefit the Child First Program needs of the agency,” said Sterling.

The event volunteer team, made up of grandparents and grandchildren, started work before sunrise to ensure a smooth tournament. During the tournament, volunteer photog Bill Hobson escorted Mary Ann Sterling, GRG Founder and Executive Director, around the course to personally thank each golfer for their support and have their photo taken.

The mission of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is to support relative caregivers throughout Brevard County in achieving safety, permanency and well-being for their families through education, advocacy and community collaboration.

The organization’s vision is that one day all children will live in a safe loving home with relatives that will help them to develop into their full potential.

“Living in a place you can call home and knowing that someone will always be there for you is something everyone needs, especially children,” said Sterling.

For more information visitt GRG-Brevard.org

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