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CROW Classic Golf Tournament taking signups

By Staff | Sep 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Golfers tee off at the 2018 CROW Classic Golf Tournament at The Sanctuary Golf Club.

Player registration is open for the CROW Classic Golf Tournament at The Sanctuary Golf Club.

Organized by the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel, the annual fundraiser will take place on Oct. 5 with check-in at 11 a.m., a boxed lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Open to 100 golfers, it will feature 18 holes, a helicopter ball drop, chances to score prizes and more.

“We’re thrilled to be there again,” CROW Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey said of The Sanctuary’s golf course, explaining that the Sanibel site lends itself to native wildlife sightings.

“We’re hoping to have a very successful event this year,” she added.

Last year’s tourney felt the impact of the red tide event.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Lee County Mosquito Control District will provide the Helicopter Ball Drop for this year.

“I would very much like to double what we brought in last year,” Hussey said.

“And for the golfers to have a good time,” CROW Development Director Mary Schoeffel said.

Players can sign up as a foursome, or as individuals and will be matched up as a team.

Those interested are encouraged to sign up early to reserve a spot.

“We are on track to have a full field of golfers,” Hussey said.

PHOTO PROVIDED One of CROW's Animal Ambassadors, like Lola, the American Kestrel, will make an appearance at the 19th hole.

The deadline to register is Sept. 16.

The cost is $250 per player or $1,000 for a foursome and includes a round of golf with cart, boxed lunch, goodie bag with a CROW shirt and fun items, and $10 in CROW bucks for drinks and snacks. The entry fee also provides the participant with a CROW Songbird Membership – valued at $50.

During the tournament, there will be contests like closet to the pin and hole-in-ones.

“But not too many games as to interrupt the golf because we do want them to enjoy their game,” Hussey said.

Some of the items to win will include restaurant gift certificates, rounds of golf and such.

PHOTO PROVIDED Golfers line up for the shotgun start of the 2018 CROW Classic Golf Tournament.

“A plethora of amazing prizes,” she said.

The top three winning teams will take home prizes.

“And there will be special prizes for the ladies-only teams,” Hussey said.

For the first time in a couple of years, the fundraiser will feature a Helicopter Ball Drop, with the assistance of the Lee County Mosquito Control District. Balls are one for $25 or five for $100.

“We’re excited to bring it back,” she said.

TIFFANY REPECKI Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey

Players and non-players can purchase balls at www.CROWClinic.org through Oct. 3 or visit CROW’s AWC Visitor Education Center, at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, for a shot at winning the grand prize.

“It can be anyone,” Hussey said.

Balls will also be available the morning of the tourney.

Following the play, there will be awards, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres – a “19th hole.” CROW will have some Animal Ambassadors on site for photos, along with hospital staff to answer any questions.

“We’ll likely have the opportunity for fun and interesting raffles,” she said.

Hussey noted that all participants are guaranteed to have fun.

“They’re going to have a good time,” she said. “We’re going to make sure of it.”

All of the proceeds from the tournament will benefit the animals CROW cares for, medicine and services it provides for them, public education it contributes, training it offers to students and more.

“It is all about saving wildlife,” Schoeffel said.

The community is encouraged to sign up to play or purchase some of the helicopter balls.

“CROW is probably one of the most unique organizations in Lee County with what we do and who we serve,” Hussey said. “I can’t think of a better way to support CROW than scoring a birdie or an eagle, or buying a nest of balls.”

To register, visit www.CROWClinic.org.

Sponsorships are also available starting at the $250 level.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or the CROW Classic Golf Tournament, contact Development Director Mary Schoeffel at 239-472-3644 ext. 232 or mschoeffel@crowclinic.org.

The Sanctuary Golf Club is at 2801 Wulfert Road.