Avid golfers don’t typically need much convincing to play a round at the world-renowned course at Innisbrook Resort.
The same was true on April 29, when dozens and dozens of Eckerd Kids’ supporters loaded up their clubs to raise awareness for foster children in the Tampa Bay area.
“It just amazes me that we can get so many fellows out here for a round of golf,” said Dr. Charles Dewberry. “And to raise so much money for these kids. Truly, I’m taken back by the support every year.”
Dr. Dewberry has been involved with Eckerd Kids’ Charity Golf Tournament since it began in 2011 — and has happily watched as its grown every year. For the good doctor and many others, including Eckerd Kids’ supporter Mark Dayton, no amount raised is ever enough.
“I get involved in a lot of different children’s charities, but this one is managed really well,” said Dayton. “These kids we’re helping are left aside and forgotten about unless we remember them. For me that’s what it’s all about, and it’s why I’ve supported Eckerd Kids for 15 years.”
Dayton isn’t kidding about the golf tournament being well managed, either. It takes a dedicated team of Eckerd Kids employees and volunteers months of planning to pull off an event that’s able to have a direct impact on the lives of foster children.
For employees like Laurallyn Segur, senior director of licensing, it’s just another day at the office.
“It’s a lot of work, but I have to thank our sponsors,” said Segur. “Without our friends at Vantage Point Title, Colliers International, and so many other places in the community, none of the good we’re able to do would be possible.”
Segur’s feelings are matched by the event’s loyal sponsors, like Robert and Karen Jackson from Vantage Point Title.
“This event has grown so much in the last few years,” said Jackson. “We’ve attracted more and more people, bringing more and more money to support all of [Eckerd Kids’] causes. We’re just really proud and happy to be a part of it.”
Eckerd Kids’ Charity Golf Tournament has grown to be an all-day event, including a boxed lunch, round of golf, and a keynote speaker and dinner to end the festivities.
The tournament might be over, but there are still ways for you to be involved. Check out our upcoming events or make a donation at Eckerd.org.