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World Golf Hall of Fame member Curtis Strange was announced as the headliner for The Immokalee Foundation’s 2022 Charity Classic Pro-Am Tournament.

The Immokalee Foundation has announced headliner Curtis Strange and Peter Jacobsen as featured golfers for the 2022 Charity Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament which will take place on March 6 and 7. The signature event for The Immokalee Foundation will feature a Pairings Party hosted at Bay Colony on Sunday with the Pro-Am Tournament taking place on Monday at Old Collier Golf Club. Participants in the tournament will have the opportunity to play alongside Strange and Jacobsen as well as a lineup of almost two dozen additional golf professionals.


The 2022 Charity Classic Pro-Am Tournament marks the return of the signature annual event—the 2020 and 2021 events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don Fites, former CEO and Chairman of the Board for Caterpillar will chair the event, and the event committee includes Jerry Belle, John Tobe, Sunny Sapiente and Kristin Miller.

Details on the event can be found at

2022 headliner Curtis Strange is a World Golf Hall of Fame member. Strange will be joined by Peter Jacobsen, a PGA and Champions Tour player, and almost

PGA and Champions Tour player Peter Jacobsen will play alongside Strange and nearly two dozen additional PGA and LPGA golfers in the tournament.

two dozen more PGA and LPGA golfers.

“It’s always a great feeling knowing that my participation is helping someone else,” said Strange. “In this case, I’m helping out almost 1,200 students in

Immokalee who are in pursuit of a better education and economic independence. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

In 2019, the event sold out, and as a result, 104 enthusiastic golfers helped The Immokalee Foundation raise over $450,000 to support the educational and professional development needs of over 1,200 students in Immokalee—from kindergarten through postsecondary education.

Teammates from The Immokalee Foundation’s 2019 Pro-Am Golf event including LPGA pro, Emma Talley (center), and Don Fites (3rd from right).

“Not only have I participated in The Immokalee Foundation’s Pro-Am before, but I’ve visited The Immokalee Foundation, and witnessed, first-hand, their life-changing work in support of Immokalee’s youth,” observed Jacobsen. “Yes, we can promise golf participants a great time at the Pro-Am, but the real

beneficiaries of day are an exceptional group of young people who simply need the opportunity to prove what they can do.”

The funds raised this year will support Foundation activities throughout the year, including the innovative Career Pathways program. This comprehensive educational approach prepares students for high-demand, well-paying jobs in Southwest Florida in four individual pathways: Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Education & Human Services, Engineering & Construction Management and Healthcare.

Entry into the Pro-Am Golf tournament begins at $5,000 for a single golfer and includes a ticket to the Pairings Party.

“Support of The Immokalee Foundation pays lifetime dividends,” said Noemi Y. Perez, President and CEO of The Immokalee Foundation. “Not only is it an investment in Immokalee and Southwest Florida—in education and economic growth —it’s proof of what happens when all children are allowed to have an equal share in all that’s possible.”

For sponsorship, underwriting or participation opportunities, visit or call Marie Hernandez Rubenstein, Director of Philanthropy, at (786) 459-0482.

For more than 30 years, The Immokalee Foundation has maintained a 100% focus on education and professional development for students in Immokalee—from kindergarten to postsecondary education. Through support, mentoring, tutoring, and life skills development, The Immokalee Foundation provides pathways to success for those who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to succeed. For additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

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