CLEARWATER - Do you golf? Do you sometimes wish that chasing the little white ball around could mean more? Then perhaps you would enjoy golfing to help give the community's handicapped, youth, and senior citizens a chance to experience the sport of sailing!
If so, get ready to register and mark your calendar for October 30, as the Clearwater Community Sailing Association (CCSA) and The Clearwater Beach Association will hold their 1st Annual Golf Tournament at the Eastlake Woodlands Country Club North Course, Monday October 30, 2006. The golf tournament is open to the public and will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 pm and culminate with a silent auction and awards dinner in the evening. Comic, G. David Howard, billed as the "funniest man alive", will provide entertainment.
For years, CCSA has been dedicated to being a "community" sailing center that strives to offer safe, enriching and affordable sailing opportunities for area residents and visitors, including youth, seniors, and the physically challenged, for the benefit of the "entire" community.
The proceeds from the inaugural tournament will boost the sailing center's diverse programs and ongoing work in bringing the sport of sailing to persons with special needs and also to help CCSA kick off an exciting new program.
"The goal is to raise $30,000," says CCSA board director Joe Calio. "Our ambition is to raise that amount to sustain our many programs and to create a public high school racing team. We anticipate having 150 golfers in the tournament."
The cost for the tournament is $125 per player. Golfers will compete to win great prizes, like a 2007 Ford Mustang donated by Walker Ford.
Along with the fabulous prizes, the tournament's organizers, event president Jay Keyes, chairperson Rich Gonzalez, and co-chairperson Calio, have planned a golf scramble, goodie bags, box lunch, and dinner (cash bar) with live entertainment, plus an auction.
The awards dinner will be held in the Eastlake Woodlands Club House, where the tournament's winners will be awarded their prizes. But even losers of the golf tournament will have a chance to win something as golf skill and technique won't be needed once players leave the greens.
Persistence will be what's needed at the event's silent auction by Tedesco Sports. Winning bidders can expect to leave with items such as golf clubs, sports memorabilia and more. Luck will determine who wins the numerous raffle prizes donated by local businesses.
Everyone can go home a winner, as aside from having a great time for a great cause, golfers will get the bonus of having another chance to play at Eastlake Woodlands Country Club for the price of their cart fee.
Call the Clearwater Community Sailing Center at 727-517-7776 for more information and to register. Registration is also available online by logging on to the sailing centers website: www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org
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