$80,000 RAISED AT "FORE THE KIDS" TOURNAMENT
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and USCG District 7 Deputy Chief of Staff present Kate Platt Child Advocate of the Year Award at Fort Lauderdale Country Club event
The Third Annual Fort Lauderdale Country Club "Fore The Kids: Saving Lives" Charity Golf Classic, played Friday, May 4th, raised $80,000 for the cause of studying and reducing child drowning in South Florida.
This represents a $30,000 increase over last year's event and an amazing $68,000 jump from the first event in 2005.
More than 100 golfers participated in the tournament, which took place on the 6,700-yard South Course at Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Numerous volunteers form Nova Southeastern University and FLCC pitched in to lend a hand with the event.
As a way of joining in Fleet Week fun and honoring our servicemen and women, local businesspeople sponsored six sailors from the USS Kearsarge and four members of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Miami - including Capt. James A. Watson IV, who joined with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in presenting the Kate Platt Child Advocate of the Year Award at a reception following the tournament.
(Please see photos below; all are courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Country Club).
The 2007 Kate Platt Awards were presented to:
Broward resident and businessman Barry Shaw, president of the SWIMS Foundation, Inc., which has provided more than 1 million swim lessons to some 100,000 children in South Florida and the Caribbean;
and Ms. Farley Boyle, a Florida native, fashion model and founder of C.H.A.S.E. for Life drowning prevention program.
Ms. Boyle currently is starring in the Discovery Health Network's "Runway Moms" - a television series devoted to the lifestyles of supermodel moms. She says her proudest achievement is that she and her husband were able to properly administer CPR and save their 2-year-old daughter, Chase, from drowning.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. James A. Watson IV present the national version of the Kate Platt Child Advocate of the Year Award to New York fashion model and Florida native Farley Boyle at a reception following the Friday, May 4, "Fore The Kids: Saving Lives" Charity Golf Classic at Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Ms. Boyle is the founder of C.H.A.S.E. for Life drowning prevention program.
Dr. Deborah Mulligan, chairwoman of the "Fore The Kids: Saving Lives" Tournament, a pediatric emergency room physician, professor of pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University and immediate past president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says:
"The Third Annual 'Fore the Kids: Saving Lives' serves as a beautiful example of public dedication and community celebration of exceptional accomplishments achieved by good Samaritans as well as future works we will perform together to reach our common goal of ZERO drowning deaths of children in South Florida.
"It does our hearts good to know that through the community's generosity and volunteerism thousands of targeted vulnerable Broward & Miami-Dade families will be offered critically important prevention education of first aid/choking/CPR instruction and water safety lessons.
"The state of Florida has the highest drowning death rate in the nation, and the Broward-Miami-Dade area is number one in the state for deaths of children 0 - 4 years of age. Despite local ordinances and a state statute requiring safety features for backyard swimming pools, in 2004, enough children drowned in Florida to fill four preschool classrooms.
With the ocean, hundreds of miles of canals, the Everglades and over 60,000 residential swimming pools in Broward County alone, it's easy to see why - and why this effort is so important. ... Many people move to this area without realizing the danger posed by our abundance of water and access to backyard pools. ... And the results of that lack of knowledge often are tragic."
U.S. Coast Guard Capt. James A. Watson IV chats with Farley Boyle, one of the 2007 honorees for the Kate Platt Child Advocate of the Year Award, at a reception following the Friday, May 4th, "Fore The Kids: Saving Lives" Charity Golf Classic at Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Ms. Boyle, a to New York a fashion model and Florida native, is the founder of C.H.A.S.E. for Life drowning prevention program. Capt. Watson and Ms. Boyle played in the same foursome.
Media please call Louis Park at 561-758-8662 or e-mail at LHPARK@AOL.com for more information about "Fore The Kids"
For more information on SWIMS, go to www.swimsfoundation.org;
For more information on Farley Boyle and CHASE, go to www.chaseforlife.org
About Fort Lauderdale Country Club
Established in 1926, the Fort Lauderdale Country Club is a private equity club located in the heart of Broward County that is one of the only private clubs to feature two championship 18-hole golf courses with no residences on or overlooking the property. Superior drainage, course variety and friendly members are among the club's outstanding features. Membership categories range from Social to Equity memberships and an Executive Program is designed for adults 40 years of age and younger. For more information on the Fort Lauderdale Country Club, please contact Caroline Frank at 954-689-7764 or visit the website at www.fortlauderdalecc.com.