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Children’s Home Society of Florida teams with Voices For Kids in charity golf tourney

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) and Voices For Kids of Southwest Florida are teaming up to present the “FORE The Children” Charity Golf Invitational on Tuesday, April 21 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers.

With help from community volunteers, including Event Chair Paul Kindred, Vice President of Gartner, the golf scramble begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and includes continental breakfast, lunch, prizes and more.

Registration is $85 per individual or $300 per foursome. Sponsorships are also available.

CHS and Voices For Kids of Southwest Florida, United Way partner agencies, collaborate to serve children and teens in foster care and joined fundraising forces to help both organizations effectively meet the needs.

“Sharing resources, time, and talents with a partner agency will help our teens receive the best services from both VFK and CHS,” saif Tonya Thomas-Schrott, Voices For Kids of Southwest Florida Executive Director.

“It just makes sense for organizations to collaborate in every area possible to make sure that we can continue to provide much-needed services to children and teens,” added CHS Executive Director Rebecca McGuire. “We are delighted to partner with Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, allowing golfers to help two worthy agencies through one event.”

To purchase tickets or sponsorships, contact Jacqueline House, Development Director, at 239-334-0222 ext. 215.

Created in 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the oldest and largest statewide private not-for-profit provider of services to children and families in Florida. The Southwest Division, established in 1989, serves more than 5,000 children and families in Southwest Florida each year through a full spectrum of prevention and intervention programs. Services include foster care, adoption, child development, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens, parent education, counseling, mentoring, treatment for developmentally disabled children, and more.

CHS, which serves an average 100,000 children and families every year, is the third-largest nongovernmental not-for-profit organization in the United States and Canada accredited by the Council on Accreditation. CHS is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., and offers services in more than 100 locations by more than 1,900 staff members dedicated to providing child-focused, family-centered care.

Voices For Kids of Southwest Florida in support of the Guardian ad Litem program, serves a five county area that is the 20th Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida. Established in 1970, this was the last judicial circuit created in Florida and includes Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Their mission is to ensure that every abused and neglected child in the five Southwest Florida counties has a court appointed Guardian ad Litem volunteer and that financial assistance and other resources are available for the accompanying health, education and social needs.