Santa Claus Open Participants Raise Toys and Funds for the Kids!

Stuart Jet Center Check Presentation
Pictured left to right: Yvette Flores, CEO of Big Brothers
Big Sisters, Dan Capen, Stuart Jet Center, Ken Ringe,
Board Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (Stuart, FL) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties hosted their 16th annual Santa Claus Open Golf Tournament this past Friday, December 6th at the Stuart Yacht and Country Club. The tournament was proudly presented by the Stuart Jet Center, Publix Super Market Charities, and Treasure Coast Estate Buyers. The Stuart Jet Center donated $5,000 to launch the School to Work program to provide high school youth hands on work experience.

The tournament kicked off Thursday evening with a pretournament cocktail party in the dining room at the Yacht and Country Club. Golfers and their guests were treated to a delicious dinner while they placed their bids on popular auction items such as foursomes from Banyan Creek, Mariner Sands Country Club, Hobe Sound Country Club and many other sought after items. The atmosphere became more competitive during the live auction, with highly anticipated items like dinner for 8 at Kyle G’s Restaurant, Miami Heat tickets in a suite, a beautiful ring, and a week stay at a beautiful vacation home. 

On Friday, 60 golfers teed off in support of mentoring in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Throughout the course, golfers experienced additional challenges and games to make the day more interesting. In addition to the closest to the pin, longest drive, and the golf ball launcher, this year there was a Long Drive Professional golfer helping golfers get a lead on the 17th hole. This was a big hit! He was able to drive the ball to the green for the golfers who needed and wanted a little extra help! Treasure Coast Toyota again sponsored our hole in one game. Unfortunately, no one got a hole in one, but they had a quite a few close calls – better luck next time!

The tournament raised needed funds for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties mentoring programs! The funds will be used to the fulfill the mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.

The Tournament Winners, The Gordon & Partners Team

Pictured left to right: Josh Heller, Eric Fackel, Dr. Brian Moriarty, and Mike Schmidt

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