Swing for Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament a BIG Success for Broward County

$66,000 Raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward

On Friday, May 13, at the beautiful Weston Hills Country Club Tour course, Miami Dolphins alumni Shawn Wooden and Ki-Jana Carter hosted Swing for Kids’ Sake, a charity golf tournament, raising $66,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County.

The day began with a full breakfast, and what now has become a tradition at the event, a champagne toast on every cart at the shotgun start.

In addition to the day of golf, two tournament boasted two Hole in One contests with a beautiful 2016 Toyota courtesy of event sponsor JM Family Enterprises and for the first time Chester’s Fort Lauderdale, Harley Davidson provided a chance for golfers to win one of their motorcycles as the second Hole in One contest.  On course, participants were treated to two gourmet food sampling stations from Brimstone Grill and Beauty and the Feast. Both served up delicious snacks and Republic National Distributors complimented with Banfi red and white wine on course.

After a full day of golf, the golfers enjoyed a magnificent buffet lunch along with raffle prizes, awards celebration and a silent auction.

The tournament winners were, the VanHorn Law Group foursome, with Chad Van Horn, Paul Kogan, Steve Roth and Don Wright with a score of 54 for the men’s division and The Weston Hills Ladies foursome won the Ladies division with a score of 61. The foursome consisted of JoAnn Feindt, Josie Greene, Laurie Little and Kris Boogren. Other contest winners were: Closest to the Pin, for the men – Chris Delgado, and for the women Marta Vega. Longest Drive winners were: Ladies – Phillipa Stephenson and for the men, Todd Askins.

All the proceeds from the event provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentorship relationships with a caring adult. “The event was a huge success,” says Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Ana Cedeño. “It was made even more meaningful having our co-chairs speak of the personal impact Big Brothers Big Sisters has had on their lives, including Ki-Jana’s experience as a Little Brother. We are thrilled to have the support of our community so we can work collectively to help even more children achieve success in life.”

The funds raised at Swing for Kids’ Sake will create, manage and sustain 60 mentoring relationships in Broward County. Top sponsors of this year’s Swing for Kids’ Sake included: Title sponsor, Living Color Aquariums as well as Ultimate Software, Mutual of America, Comcast, Celebrity Cruises, JM Family Enterprises, Fanatics, Chester’s Fort Lauderdale Harley Davidson, Stephens Distribution, Perry Ellis International, S.C.G. & Associates and Wooden Wealth Strategies.

Tournament host and board member Shawn Wooden said, “We are so grateful to our partners for investing in Big Brothers Big Sisters and the future of our community by contributing to a child’s lifelong success. We hope to make next year’s Swing for Kids’ Sake an even bigger success and raise more money for the organization.”

For more information on next year’s Swing for Kids’ Sake, contact (954) 584-9990 ext. 225 or email golf@bbbsbroward.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes the lives the children, teens and young adults. Its foundational belief is that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive. By fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County increases the odds of a child academically achieving, avoiding drugs and alcohol and strengthening their family.

Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in low-income households with a single parent or have an incarcerated parent. Meaningful relationships, ongoing evaluation and professional support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to positively impact youth and the community. Studies show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to earn a four-year college degree, take part in strong personal relationships and give back to their community. Learn how you can change a child’s life, donate or volunteer at www.bbbsbroward.org.