Friday, September 18, 2020

3rd Annual TPC Treviso Bay Breast Cancer Golf Tournament

The men of TPC Treviso Bay.

The men of TPC Treviso Bay.

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TPC Treviso Bay recently hosted their 3rd Annual TPC Treviso Bay Breast Cancer Golf Tournament, in partnership with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Naples.

This two-day event uses the in season ladies and men’s days at TPC Treviso Bay for the purpose of raising funds for breast cancer research and local programs and services that will benefit women right here in Collier County. In addition to funding research, the tournament helps fund the Road To Recovery program (breast cancer patients receive free rides to and from treatment), lodging for patients while they receive their life-saving treatment outside of the Naples area, and the local Look Good Feel Better program (offers free wigs and cosmetics to local breast cancer patients).

During the two-day event, a total of 248 golfers participated. The tournament had its largest revenue in event history, totaling over $37,000. In addition to the two-day tournament, funds were raised through generous donations from local businesses, raffle auctions and silent auctions. This event is on track to be the largest fundraiser for all of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Naples during the 2017 season.

The golf tournament is the brainchild of Committee Chairperson Kathleen Christensen, herself a 14-year breast cancer survivor. A seasonal resident of TPC Treviso Bay asked why she would spend

Carla Woodsen and Shelley Carson.

Carla Woodsen and Shelley Carson.

a large portion of her winter hiatus from the Pittsburgh area providing leadership to this event, Mrs. Christensen repeated the quote, “I aspire to be a giver. A giver of love, a giver of good vibes and a giver of strength.”

“The event really brings our community together under an umbrella of PINK and giving.” Mrs. Christensen continued, “Golfers are encouraged to wear pink to the event in symbolic support of those who have lost the fight, beat the illness and are in the fight.” Committee member Robin Spilman, also a TPC Treviso Bay seasonal resident from Hyannis, Massachusetts, noted that this has become an annual inspiration. “We sent the call out across the community for volunteers and we were overwhelmed. I can’t wait to continue on this journey in future years.”

This was the first year the event partnered with The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team which ensures no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research; promoting education and risk reduction; and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. Since 1993, more than 12 million supporters have raised more than $750 million nationwide for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

For more information on local programs and services offered to breast cancer survivors, please visit MakingStridesWalk.org/Naples.

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