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Boca West Children’s Foundation tees off for 31 charities, honors first responders

Boca West Children’s Foundation’s golf challenge takes on a whole new meaning this year. The two-day tournament will stand in as fundraisers for their 31 partners, mostly children’s charities. “The emphasis is this year’s honorees and helping the charities overcome their inability to raise money,” said chairman Arthur Adler.

The tournaments won’t only benefit nonprofits from KidSafe to Florence Fuller. Front line workers and first responders are this year’s honorees. “In this environment, we are so appreciative of everything our hospital workers, fire and police have done over the last seven months. In many cases, they’re the parents of the children we are helping,” Adler said.

Boca West Children’s Foundation Eighth Annual $100,000 Golf Challenge happens Sunday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Nov. 9 at Boca West Country Club. “We’ll raise over $500,000 with this tournament,” Adler said.

The cost per golfer is $650 with the majority of the fee going directly to participating charities.  In addition to the funds raised through participating golfers, charities will vie for a portion of the $100,000 funds awarded during the tournament. Each charity will receive between $2,000 and $10,000.

Players will vie for the usual prizes, trophies and bragging rights from scores to longest drive and closest to the pin. “The only difference is, we have to be creative. In the past, we had 500 golfers tee off at the same time on four holes on four courses. But because of guidelines set by the CDC, state and county and Boca West, we can’t do that,” Adler said. “Now we’ll run the event over two days. Everyone will be assigned a day to play and time to tee off. From 7:30 a.m. and the last person will be off the course at 5’o clock.  Every single person can have their own cart if they wish.”

There’s no awards brunch or dinner this year. Instead, tents on the golf course will serve food. “Depending what time you tee off, we will serve breakfast or brunch or lunch, food throughout the day. Everything we would have done inside, we’re doing outside,” Alder said.

Every player will receive a list of goodies and pick his or her own gifts. “Everyone leaving the golf course will get a special gift box with cheeses and hors d’oeuvres and a split of champagne to take home. We’ll also do the duck drop, and the winner of $2,500 will be announced,” Adler said about the yellow rubber ducks dropped from a crane.

“If people want to participate, they can contact us or any one of 31 partner charities,” Adler said. Those not able to play are encouraged to donate their ticket to first responders and frontline workers.

Tickets include a sleeve of golf balls, golf shirt, gift of the golfer’s choice, all food on the course, a take-home package of wine and hors d’oeuvres and one duck. Additional ducks are $50.  Go to https://www.bocawestfoundation.org/golf-tournament/ or call 561-488-6980 during business hours or email foundation@bocawestcc.org

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