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Annual golf tournament to raise funds for CFI

January 16, 2019
By STAFF REPORT ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Formally known as The Sanctuary Community Golf Challenge, The Sanctuary Charity Classic is scheduled to take place on Jan. 26 at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel.

The charitable golf event begins with brunch at 10:30 a.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Afterward, the participating golfers will meet at the clubhouse at 5 p.m. for drinks and hors d'oeuvres, along with an awards presentation and a helicopter drop.

This year's honorary chairpersons are Paul and Lucy Roth, of Sanibel.

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In the past 16 years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million, with the proceeds benefiting the Charitable Foundation of the Islands. Established in 2011, the foundation aims to serve the community by assisting non-profit organizations on the island, as well as island residents and island workers.

It distributes the funds to assist with hardships, such as medical and financial emergencies.

The founding sponsor is The Sanctuary Golf Club membership.

"The Sanctuary Golf Club's members overwhelmingly embraced this event, allowing the course to be closed to just this event. They are exceptionally generous and committed to this fundraiser," Ken Kouril, chief operating officer of The Sanctuary Golf Club, said. "The fact that this is the 17th year and has raised over $1.6 million demonstrates the dedication from the members to make The Sanctuary Charity Classic successful."

Some of the other sponsors include Al and Sally Hanser and the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company as diamond sponsors; Roger and Lori Bahnik, and James and Gaye Pigott as platinum sponsors; Jay and Cindy Brown, Carters and Jalkuts, Bill and Judy Cheney, Ralph and Carolyn Clark, Jim and Dulce Doss, Fischer Financial Services, Grampy's Charities, Heidrick & Co. Insurance, and Chip and Nancy Roach as gold sponsors; and Jim and Carmen Courter, Manny and Jo Fernandez, Jack and Brigette McGrath, Don and Nancy Rolley, Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, and Dick and Sheridan Snell as silver sponsors.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available, ranging from a $7,500 diamond partnership, which includes additional rounds of golf, lunch, and dinner at the golf club, to a $250 hole partnership.

For more information or to register to play, contact Jim DiMarino at 239-472-6223 or Those interested in sponsorships can also reach him.

The Sanctuary Golf Club is at 2801 Wulfert Road.



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