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CHR board pleased with golf fundraiser

By Staff | Mar 22, 2013

Photo by SHANNEN HAYES Phil Boljanovich tees off at the Sanibel Island Golf Club during THE FGCU Sanibel Invitational Golf Tournament last weekend to benefit the Community Housing Resources. Additional photos from the event in Island Faces pages.

Nearly 50 golfers teed it up at Sanibel Island Golf Club on March 16 under sunny skies to benefit Sanibel’s Community Housing & Resources (CHR). Virtually all expressed delight in the day, the golf and the beneficiary for a well-run fundraising event.

That delight was repeated front and center at Monday’s CHR monthly board of directors meeting by board president/chair Richard Johnson, executive director Kelly Collini, board development committee chair Tim Garmagher and others.

“Sanibel Island Golf Club had great things to say about our tournament,” relayed Johnson. “Anything we’d like them to do for us they said they will be glad to help out.

“Personally, I thought the event went well and I’m proud to say again to be part of this organization and proud to serve with each one of you.”

Johnson did not stop there.

“I’d like to say how unique and special it was to have the FGCU golf team involved,” said Johnson. “It was a stroke of genius whoever came up with the idea. They were excited to be there, too, and look forward to coming back.”

Johnson said his conversations with FGCU coach Brent Jensen were very positive and he suggested changing the event to the fall.

“My hat’s off to Tim and the development committee,” added Johnson.

Garmagher, who was ill and attended the board meeting via conference call, thanked all the volunteers, board members and everyone involved in the event.

Collini said the preliminary numbers indicate the event netted CHR more than $5,300. That is after the non-profit, below market value housing organization netted more than $12,000 from its community Mardi Gras Party last month. Both events were first-time endeavors for CHR, which plans to make them annual events.

“I have to sit down with some people to go over the numbers thoroughly,” Collini said, “but compared to last year’s fundraising figure the numbers this year are fantastic.”

One FGCU golf team member was paired with three other amateur players and one local pro. The course, formerly known as Beachview Golf Club and now under new ownership, was in prime condition for the event.

“This is a great cause and we are delighted they have chosen to hold their inaugural event on our course,” said co-owner Ed Lockard.

Prizes were awarded to the top three teams after the day’s 18 holes. Don DeLuca, Jeff Burns and Mike McMurray, representing Royal Shell, placed first. San-Cap Community Bank’s team of Craig Albert, Steve Greenstein, Craig Holston and Bobby Hadorsky took second. Third place went to Rudy Zahorchak, Rick Strogeon and Cole Connor.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank served as the principal sponsor with other individuals and businesses stepping up as hole or tee sponsors.

In other board business conducted Monday, treasurer Melissa Rice gave the monthly financial report highlights including 100 percent rent collection.

Dr. Phillip Marks and Ray Pavelka reported on the status of the Limited Equity Ownership (LEO) program. Two prospects are being ushered through the process of qualifying and securing a mortgage to possibly purchase the 1491 Centre Street LEO property, while another at Sanibel Highlands is interested in home ownership.

CHR holds its annual general meeting on Saturday, April 6, starting at 10:30 a.m. New board members will be introduced at that meeting. The status of three current board members who are up for re-election – Johnson, Garmagher and Armand Ball – also will be decided.

The next CHR monthly board meeting is April 15.