Twenty years…..who would have thought? Who would have known? Include me in that group!
2016 was a Happy 20th Anniversary Year. Our Spring event, the RITA Championships continues to be a successful, fully supported tournament. Last year, we turned over the management of the Lexus Champions for Charity Golf event after 14 years to U F Health, the recipient agency. This year our role was to advise and help.
Our SenioRITAs at Sawgrass event….Kick- off Party at Pussers Caribbean Grille, Party and Auction, Pro exhibition and three day tournament had outstanding results! Co-chair Karen Aaro, Auction leaders, Donna Wagener and Carol Carter, led the committee and events to our highest net revenue.
Continuing to donate 100% of the net proceeds, we were able to again fund Mayo Clinic cancer researcher Dr. Al Copland with a grant of $ 45,000.00 and add $ 6,000.00 to our $ 100,000.00 SenioRITAs Cancer Endowment in Honor of Chuck Saacke. Additionally, we were able to take advantage of the Baptist Health Foundation’s Endowment Matching Program. We created a fully funded $ 25,000.00 Cancer Endowment in Honor of The Main Street America Group and a fully funded $ 25,000.00 Cancer Endowment in Honor of Regency Centers. Both of these long time Sponsors were excited to be recognized in these way and more excited when our donations were equally matched by the Baptist Foundation. The result was two fully funded $ 50,000.00 cancer endowments.
We further added $ 2,285.00 in Memory of Nancy Alderman to our SenioRITAs $ 200,000.00 Cancer Endowment. Another new endowment for $ 8,000.00 for a future Sponsor was begun and $ 12,000 in a new Cancer Endowment for the Cimarrone Ladies Golf Association. When these two become fully funded at $ 25,000.00 each, they will also be matched by the Baptist Foundation.
ALL IN ALL, $ 124,385.00 DONATED PLUS $ 50,000.00 IN MATCHING FUNDS! I am very proud of this committee of fine, caring and super women! They make me look forward to 2017!
Dr. Al Copland, Mayo ; Lisa Palmer, Pres. Regency Centers; Rick Granger, Mayo Development; Kelley Matthews, SunTrust; Joe Carnley, SunTrust; Garry Redig, VP Fields Auto Group; Dave Medvidofsky, VP The Main Street America Group.
Dr. Al Copland, Mayo cancer research, Karen Aaro, co-chair, Rick Granger, Mayo Development.