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Uncommon Friends Foundation to hold ‘Glow in the Dark’ Golf Tournament

By Staff | Feb 26, 2009

The past year has been a busy one for the Uncommon Friends Foundation, and one more big event is on the way.

The second annual “Glow in the Dark” Golf Tournament will be hosted by the Uncommon Friends Foundation this Friday, Feb. 27 at the Riverbend Golf & River Club in North Fort Myers, to benefit the organization’s character education program.

Individuals and foursomes are encouraged to register to participate in the nine-hole event. Golfers of all ages and skill levels are welcome, and golfing skills are not required – just a sense of humor, said officials.

“You don’t have to be a great golfer; it’s more for fun,” said Angela Katz, marketing/membership coordinator for the foundation. “My night game is about the same as my day game, in that manner no one can see it. In addition, if you don’t want to play you can purchase a dinner ticket and participate in auction and raffle as well, and we have some wonderful items.”

She said the theme of the event is “Come Out And Play.”

“We’re highlighting all of our area local attractions and restaurants, encouraging and supporting all of the things we have right here at our fingertips. We have donations from North Fort Myers, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel and Captiva. We have tickets from the Everblades, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, the Shell Factory, the Miracle, Twins and more.”

The individual entry fee is $85; foursomes may play for $320. Registration for the event will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served from 6 to 7 p.m. A shotgun start begins at 7:15 p.m. that night.

The registration fee includes dinner and “glow in the dark” golfing equipment with a wide variety of prizes. Sponsorships are available for individual holes, prizes, carts and the dinner. Items are also being sought for raffle prizes and to be included in “goody bags” for attendees.

North Fort Myers area business leaders Tom and Kerrey Hoolihan are owners of the golf course, and extremely active board members with the foundation.

“It’s our passion,” said Tom Hoolihan. “We’re donating all the proceeds from the event to the program, and this is really an event, not just a golf tournament. It’s for people who can play as well as those who don’t play. It’s a great dinner as well. Anyone who participated in the past has walked away saying they had a great time.”

Hoolihan said he and his wife “truly believe in the mission of the Uncommon Friends Foundation.”

“The Foundation was formed in 1993, and it’s primary focus is a character education foundation whose mission is to instill ethics, moral values and a sense of purpose in tomorrow’s leaders,” said Executive Director Arlene Roth.

About the character education program

Dr. Pat Archambault is the coordinator of character education for the foundation.

“Our character education program is focused on providing training and materials for educators at all levels. We’re focused obviously on furthering the mission of Uncommon Friends. Character eduction is required by the state of Florida to be taught in schools K-12 and our program provides a valuable resource for teachers to meet those requirements.”

She said recent training programs have been well received.

“We just had a training for educators on a recent Saturday morning and over 50 attended. We’ll have another in Spring of 2009 and in the fall. An important part of our charter education is recognizing teachers who use our curriculum with particular skill, hence our Character Eduction Award Dinner every November. It’s filled with ideas and activities.

“The other piece we find that’s critical is that the public as a whole is concerned in the character development of our youngsters. We’re proud to be a resource to install a strong sense of values and character development.”

Dr. Archambault also said they do all training at no charge to teachers, so their fund-raising efforts – like the golf tournament and dinner – are critical to continue the character education initiatives.

Additional information about the “Glow in the Dark” Golf Tournament and the foundation may be obtained by calling 239-337-9505 or checking the Web site at uncommonfriends.org.