Spots still available for 18-hole Rally on the Green tournament
By MEGHAN BRADBURY
An annual event started to bring the city of Cape Coral’s four charter schools together, while showcasing their students, is being held this weekend at Cape Royal Golf Course.
The seventh annual Rally on the Green will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, at Cape Royal Golf Club, 11460 Royal Tee Cir. Although the 9-hole adult-child combo is sold out, there are still openings for the 18-hole tournament, which is $100 per golfer. Tee off starts at 8 a.m. for the 18-hole tournament, and 10 a.m. for the 9-holes.
“We are very proud of the fact that our 9-hole is sold out and we only have a few slots at the 18 holes. We are having a great turnout, which is wonderful,” Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation Vice President Jen-Hope Belis said, adding that the 9-hole is bringing out a lot more of the middle school kids with their parents. “Sponsors are excited to bring their kids out.”
The 18-hole is a fast pace, and this year is attracting a good number of high school students.
Last year the format of the annual event changed to include a golf tournament, followed by a family fun event.
“The Rally is an event we have done for many years and the change to the golf outing format was very successful last year,” Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation President Gary Cerny said in a prepared statement. “We are less funded than district schools, so the amount of grant requests from our teachers has increased, so this event is vital to the success of our schools and the programs we support.”
Following the tournament, family-fun activities will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Although admission is free, wristbands are available for $5 unlimited play if purchased online at www.CapeCharterFoundation.org, or $10 the day of the event. Food and drinks are also available for purchase.
The wristbands will give the kiddos access to such activities as an inflatable rides, laser tag, Nerf war and human soccer ball.
“The goal is to have wives and children meet their fathers, or moms that are playing golf,” and join together for the fun activities, Belis said.
The activities will include live music from High Tide, a band that plays around Cape Coral frequently.
“It’s good, relaxing, sing along music,” she said.
In addition to the live music, three of the four schools drama departments will perform songs from their school plays this year.
Food will be for sale at the event and includes items from the high school culinary program, food vendors, and the golf club — a special Rally Dog made specifically for the event.
There also is an online auction, which has attracted $9,000 worth of biding as of Wednesday afternoon. Some of the items include a week stay at a lake in Georgia, a week on Sanibel, two nights at DiamondHead, as well as cooking lessons with one of the charter system’s teachers, and an art lesson with one of the system’s teachers.
“Those do really well in addition to the things that the public could put up a good bid,” Belis said. “This year we are doing a bidding war. We close the auction at 4:30. Active bids on the item will stay open for three minutes, up to 30 minutes max.”
In other words the two bidders can go back and forth for up to 30 minutes before the higher bidder wins.
“This makes it more competitive,” she said. “We hope that it gets people jazzed up with the potential to make a lot of money.”
All of the money raised will go back to the Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation, which supports all four schools, Oasis Elementary North (formerly Christa McAuliffe Elementary,) Oasis Elementary South, Oasis Middle and Oasis High School.
“All the money goes back to the four schools in form of scholarships for seniors and mini grants for the teachers,” Belis said. “The foundation also supports the Lighthouse Awards. At the end of the day, 100 percent goes back to the four schools. It’s nice to see the difference that we have made in the past couple of years.”
Belis said the Cape Royal community has been lovely to work with for this event. She said they, as a school, have golf clinics there and the students practice at the golf course.
“Their neighborhood has been wonderful as supporting the event and helping with parking. It’s nice to see a community that might lean more towards a retirement age see so many kids around,” Belis said. “It’s been a good partnership and we are excited to be at that particular venue because it is quite lovely.”