CMAA 'Marathon Golfers' present checks to charities and plan next year's fundraising tourney

Top Quote The Marathon Golf committee has begun the disbursement of the $550,000 raised during this year's CMAA charity golf tournament. The first installment of $35,000 was given to charity representatives at a breakfast meeting recently at Frenchman's Creek Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. End Quote
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL (1888PressRelease) August 15, 2015 - Members of Florida's Seminole Region of the CMAA (Club Managers Association of America) recently gathered for breakfast at Frenchman's Creek to celebrate this year's recent charity tournament success and to start the ball rolling for next year's event. Marathon Golf, a component of the annual CMAA tournament, raised $155,000 of this year's tourney total of over $500,000. The breakfast was held to present a first installment of $35,000 to local charity representatives and to discuss ways to spark even greater interest for the 2016 tournament. The remainder of the money will be disbursed throughout the year.

    After the 40+ guests enjoyed the lavish champagne breakfast, Marathon Golf Committee Chair and Master Club Advisors Partner Gary Collins handed out tens of thousands of dollars in checks to representatives of South Florida chapters of the Florence Fuller Child Development Center, SOS Children's Village, Special Olympics, The Unicorn Children's Foundation, The George Snow Scholarship Fund, Place of Hope and First Tee.

    After the presentation, Collins talked about strategies to raise even more money next year, "The largest portion of the money we raise comes from the participation of new golf and country clubs. If each of this year's participating clubs recruited just one team, we could easily double our contributions. Better still, if club members spoke to their club's golf pro about putting a team together, there's no telling how much money we could raise."

    Collins explained, "Country Clubs have an enormous economic impact by funneling millions of dollars bank into local communities and providing thousands of jobs. What's more, golf raises millions of charity dollars every year, more than any other sports organization including the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL. And I'm proud to say that Florida's Seminole Chapter of the CMAA greatly helps the sport of golf earn that impressive distinction."

    Marathon golfers tee off in April before the annual tournament's main "Best Ball" event at Boca West in the beginning of June. Marathon teams play as many holes as possible in one day with pledges made for each hole. Area clubs donate course time to the Marathon teams.

    Established in 1927, the CMAA is the oldest association for the club management profession with over 7,000 members representing virtually every kind of club, from golf and tennis to yachting, beach, social and military. In the Florida Chapter, all five regions hold fund-raising tournaments. The Seminole Chapter, from Vero Beach to the Keys, is the largest of the five.

    If your club is interested in signing up for Marathon Golf next year contact Gary Collins at gcollins98 ( @ ) att dot net.

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