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Registration open for CROW Classic Golf Tournament, sponsorships available

By Staff | Aug 23, 2017

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is currently seeking sponsorships and foursome golf teams for the annual CROW Classic Golf Tournament, which supports the nonprofit organization’s general operations fund.

There are 25 foursome slots open for the tournament, which tends to fill quite fast. Registration is $250 per golfer for the Saturday, Oct. 14 tournament. Check-in begins at 11 a.m., followed with boxed lunches served at 11:30 a.m. The shotgun start takes place an hour later at 12:30 p.m.

After the round of golf concludes, cocktails, wine and a nice spread will be available.

CROW Development Director Mary Schoeffel said the tournament is an exclusive opportunity for golfers, adding that the Sanctuary hosts very few nonprofit organizations.

“Not only is it a beautiful 18 holes of golf to play, it’s a lot of people coming together for this cause,” CROW Classic Golf Tournament Chair Holli Martin said.

The event will include raffles, as well as the Helicopter Ball Drop, which takes place at 5:15 p.m. Cash prizes are given to the top three balls closest to the hole.

A number of local celebrities will be present, such as Shelldon the gopher tortoise and Bashful, the opossum.

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available, including presenting sponsor; event sponsor and corporate sponsor, with all proceeds benefitting CROW’s mission.

Those interested in registering for the tournament, or becoming a sponsor can do so by visiting www.crowclinic.org/articles/crow-classic-golf-tournament, or by contacting Schoeffel at (239) 472-3644 x232, or mschoeffel@crowclinic.org.

Sponsorship deadlines is Monday, Aug. 28, and registration deadline for the tournament is Friday, Sept. 15. Schoeffel said the sponsorship deadline is to ensure they get the best bang for their buck.

“Their support is very welcome,” she said.

When Martin was asked to be the chair of the event, she was very happy to take on the role.

“Part of what attracted my family to this island was the conservation, the shelling and the way we take care of our animals, the wildlife. As we know, 75 percent of our island is sanctuary ground and guess who’s living out there when we are not,” she said.

When Martin was a little girl, she was the one taking care of turtles, checking on how the injured ones were doing.

“What really struck me early on, was at a Rotary meeting, Dr. Heather Barron came to speak to our group. I love animals, wildlife, pets. I didn’t know that their health can be indicative to our human health. I love that the research they are doing here will ultimately keep us, humans, and our pets happier and healthier too,” she said.

Martin said she has called CROW in the past about a raccoon and bird that had been hit, so she knew they would get better, which is important.

“At the end of the day, if it helps keep everyone healthier with the things we are doing here at CROW, that’s significant,” Martin said. “That isn’t just here on Sanibel. That is a worldwide impact. And we are doing it right here in 33957.”

Last year she volunteered at the golf tournament with her then 8th grader.

“That’s what we do in my family, we give back. I work for a company that is very generous and allows me to take time off to pursue the things that I think are important,” Martin said.