Kelly Tractor has been named Presenting Sponsor for The Immokalee Foundation’s “The Magic of Immokalee” signature fundraising events: Charity Classic Celebration – a dinner, dance and auction scheduled for Nov. 8 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; and Charity Classic Pro-Am, to be held Nov. 11 at The Old Collier Golf Club.
Kelly Tractor – a supporting business partner of the educational programs that help the youth of Immokalee gain financial independence – joins BCB Homes, Success Circle Sponsor; BMO Wealth Management, entech, IBERIABANK and Synovus, Pathways Circle Sponsors; and Florida Weekly, Gulfshore Life/D’Latinos magazines and Naples Daily News, Media Sponsors.
Leading the planning efforts for the events are Charity Classic Celebration Co-Chairs Janet and Jerry Belle and Barbara and Dale Morrison, and Pro-Am Chair Sunny Sapiente.
“We are grateful for the business sponsors and individuals whose interest and support help create pathways to success for our students,” Barbara Morrison said. “With the help of our sponsors, we can provide education and life skills that lead to careers and economic independence. That is the very definition of The Magic of Immokalee.”
The foundation’s success is dependent upon The Immokalee Foundation’s annual fundraisers.
The Charity Classic Celebration festivities include the dynamic Fund A Dream auction, a live bidding experience that allows donors to contribute to Immokalee’s children in specific and tangible ways. The auction supports programs that forge important career pathways for Immokalee youth through the foundation’s recently launched career model, “Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed.”
Based on extensive research of in-demand professions in Southwest Florida, the comprehensive new curriculum helps students – beginning in middle school – to follow educational and experiential pathways to their chosen careers. The model recognizes that many well-paying jobs are available to students who earn industry-recognized certifications and credentials, in addition to professions that require two- and four-year college degrees.
The Charity Classic Pro-Am begins with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The scramble-style tournament features some of Naples’ most philanthropic amateur golfers and two dozen of the biggest names in professional golf.
At the exclusive Pairings Party at Bay Colony Golf Club on Nov. 10, groups of foursomes will learn which two professional golfers will join them for nine holes each during the following day’s tournament on the links at Old Collier.
Serving with the Belles and Morrisons are committee members Dorothy and Chuck Campbell, Beverly and Arthur Cherry, Emily and John Costigan, Alison and Scott Douglas, Debra and John Griswold, Joyce Hagen and Don Fites, Karen Hendricks, Don Huffner, Joyce and Jim Kerridge, David Legus, Kathie and Jim Markiewicz, Sonia and Mac McDonald, Kaye and Peter Negri, Ellen and Don O’Neill, Louise Penta, Marnette and Paul Perry, Kathy and Steve Pryor, Linda and Craig Rydin, and Dee and Joe Zednik.
Serving with Sapiente on the Pro-Am committee are Don Fites, Kristin Miller, Steve Pryor, Joe Sanda and John Tobe.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available, including the Empowerment Circle sponsorship at $100,000, which includes16 tickets to the Charity Classic Celebration; four players in the Pro-Am golf tournament; four participants and four guests to the Pro-Am pairings party; a full-page, four-color ad in the events program; and two Pro-Am hole signs.
Tickets to the Charity Classic Celebration begin at $550 per person, and entry into the Pro-Am is $5,000 per golfer. For more information or to register, call 239-430-9122 or visit https://immokaleefoundation.org/events/.
The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, its signature events, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.