Golf Challenge rain-out raises nearly $79,000!

Mike Schiappa and Doug Spencer

Mike Schiappa (L) and Doug Spencer (R)

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida posted preliminary numbers via social media on May 2, 2014, the day of our supposed-to-be Doug Spencer Annual Golf Challenge.  Now that we’ve tallied all the donations from that rained-out event, the grand total has both thrilled and touched us SO much that we wanted to give our readers a wrap-up of what didn’t happen that day – and what did!

 Thirty golfers were ready to dedicate a day of marathon putting and driving skills to support the golf eventat Alaqua Country Club.  Though the stormy weather and soggy course caused a major change of plans, and resulted in lunch instead of golf for most, our dedicated golfers made sure the Coalition raised just a few dollars under $79,000 anyway.  Each would-be golfer had already raised a minimum of $1,500 from colleagues and friends, with their donors pledging either a flat amount or on a per-hole basis.  And as they watched the rain, they were still visibly pleased to be supporting the Coalition!

Again this year, top fundraiser was event namesake and chair, Doug Spencer, President of Spencer Consulting Services and Coalition Board member, who single-handedly raised $10,915.   Mike Schiappa of Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) was close on his heels, raising $10,100 for the cause.  Other major fundraisers included Coalition Board member Rick Schooler of Orlando Health, at $6,000; and Mark Cavalleri, who raised $5,850.  Mark was also one of the die-hards who braved the rain and hit the course in the afternoon.

The Coalition is grateful to Golf Challenge corporate sponsors Bright House Networks and Hilton Grand Vacations; event sponsor Akerman; event and lunch sponsor, Spencer Consulting Services; dinner sponsor Lincoln Properties; beverage cart sponsor, Reedy Creek Improvement District; and bottled water donor Eric Morris, of Livie Water, whose bottles sported a Coalition label!

Our appreciation also goes to the golfers, supporters, prize donors and hole sponsors for their commitment to supporting the programs and services that provide homeless men, women and families with children in Central Florida the tools to return to self-sufficiency.