groups shotOn January 7, the Heron Creek Community Foundation held its 7th annual golf tournament to raise funds to support charities that serve North Port.  Despite the cold and rain, the sell-out crowd of 144 dedicated participants teed off with the comfort that they were helping a good cause and raising funds for the next Grant Cycle in the summer of 2017.   Undaunted by the lightning requiring the golf to be cut short, the participants gathered for a luncheon to bid on the various prizes and trips. 

In November, the Foundation awarded nearly $40,000 to 14 charities serving the North Port community, including a full 4-year college scholarship through Take Stock in Children for a deserving North Port High School student, its third such scholarship.  Also receiving grants were the FL Center for Early Childhood (to establish a new Infant Room), the Back Pack Angels (to supply homeless students with hygiene products) and Meals on Wheels (to feed seniors who need assistance to have healthy meals).  The Foundation continued its long-standing relationship with the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, funding and this year expanding its offices in North Port.  Child Protection Center was also awarded a grant to fund therapy for child victims of physical and sexual abuse.  More assistance to children came from grants to Big Brothers, Big Sisters as well as the Gene Mathews Boys & Girls Club.  Support for those suffering mental health issues was addressed by funding the North Port Anchor House Drop-In Center run by Mental Health Community Centers.

“It was a great success,” said tournament co-chair Kevin Smith, “we had many supporters and volunteers to help us raise money to help those in need.”  63 raffle prizes donated by local businesses raised much money and many auction items including sports memorabilia and various trips helped cap off the day of generosity.

“We are very thankful for the support of our primary sponsors of the event, including North Port Dental, Tropical Bay Insurance and Heron Creek Country Club”, said tournament co-chair Jerry Stevens, “That allowed us to put on a good show and raise funds for the many great charities that help North Port.  We have now awarded over $180,000 to help North Port since 2011.”The 2017 golf tournament ran into rain, a rare event these days in SW Florida.  Undaunted by the conditions, many dedicated supporters teed off with great hopes to have a great day.  Some groups even kept playing through the deluge but eventually the club called everyone off the course for safety reasons.  Although teased by the various brief periods of calm, everyone returned to the club for the dinner and festivities.

The dinner was held and winners were drawn as a result of the weather interruption.  Many gifts were had and many sports memories were sold to result in a great success.  Thanks so much to the Tounament Committee and the many volunteers that allow this fund-raiser to be held.
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