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CROW kicks off annual golf classic

By Staff | Aug 24, 2016

Golfers on the field during last year’s event. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation for Wildlife is seeking sponsorships and foursomes for their annual golf classic that is held at the Sanctuary Golf Club, Saturday, Oct. 15

“There are so many great golfing opportunities on the island that it made sense for CROW to participate. It’s a great way for businesses to be involved with CROW in a different fashion than a membership and it brings more people to the table,” said Mary Schoeffel, CROW development director.

Marilyn Kane, who is co-chairing the event with Craig Albert, president of the Sanibel Captiva Bank, is looking forward to yet another successful year at the golf classic.

“The event itself is just so much fun. Golfing on Sanibel in October is beautiful and it’s such a good cause, everybody has so much fun,” Kane said.

Check in for the tournament begins at 11 a.m., lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun starts at 12:30 p.m.

Marilyn Kane, co-chair. Last year, she helped out with contributions and donations. PHOTO PROVIDED

This year’s title sponsor is R.L.R Investments, Coral Veterinary Clinic will sponsor registration and lunch and John Grey Painting is sponsoring the helicopter ball drop.

Remaining sponsorships include event sponsorship, beverage carts/bar, corporate, golf carts and tee. Each foursome is $1,000 and includes a round of golf with cart, a boxed lunch, $15 in CROW bucks for drinks and snacks, a goody bag and a CROW songbird membership valued at $50. The deadline to sign up for the following is Sept. 15.

The helicopter ball drop which begins at 5:15 p.m., will feature more prizes than last year. Among the prizes are Red Sox tickets and a three day, two night stay at South Seas Resort in Captiva.

Each golf ball is $20 or six for $100. All purchased balls will be taken up in the helicopter to be dropped from approximately five stories. Balls are available now in the gift shop at CROW.

“You buy a number of golf balls, and each one is assigned a number and you buy that number and they take it up in a helicopter and they drop it and the closest to the pin wins,” Schoeffel said.

The funds raised at the event will be used to assist in their wildlife operations. For example, CROW is the only licensed sea turtle facility between Sarasota and the Keys. Each $500 helps to diagnose, treat and care for one sea turtle. CROW treats 30 sea turtles each year.

Schoeffel encourages golfers to sign up soon as slots are filling up fast.

“We hope that people sign up quickly. We are capping the field at 25 foursomes to keep play moving along. We think people will have a great time that way,” Schoeffel said.

To register a foursome or to become a tournament sponsor, contact Mary Schoeffel, development director at (239) 472-3644 x232 or mschoeffel@crowclinic.org.

Registration forms can also be picked up at CROW or Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. For more information go to crowclinic.org.