The Squire’s Pro-Am Golf Tournament was held on October 28th with a shotgun start at 1 PM.
Terry McCreanor hosts the event on an annual basis in honor of Gene Sarazen. Gene’s daughter, Mary Ann and his granddaughter, Pam Ilnicki were in attendance along with 18 full teams (72 players plus 18 pros).
One Marco Island Academy (MIA) student was assigned to caddy for each team. Funds raised at the event benefit MIA’s Student Success Fund.
The title sponsors were Rene and Tish Champagne, Dinos and Marianne Iordanou, Arch Capital, Scott and Brenda Rhinehart, and Bill and Karen Young.
At the dinner, the MIA Chorus performed and there was a Fund-A-Need live auction. The Fund-A-Need raised money for five new security cameras, a new drinking fountain for campus, a microphone and boom pole for performing arts. Overall, more than $44,000 was raised towards MIA’s Student Success Fund, and $13,000 towards the Fund-A-Need, for a total of $57,000.
MIA Student Success Fund
Marco Island Academy is a tuition-free public charter high school open to all students in Collier County. As a charter school, MIA receives a fraction of the funding from the state that traditional public schools receive. Over the past five years, MIA has raised nearly $3.5 million from the community to build a modular campus and cover the operating budget. The average cost to properly educate each child, offer smaller class size ratios, and provide individualized attention to students at our school is approximately $9,300 per child per year. This amount includes not only academics, but also athletics, bus transportation, and student clubs. This year, MIA will receive approximately $6,300 per student. The purpose of the Student Success Fund is to ensure that every student has an opportunity to receive a high quality education in our community.
Through the hard work and dedication of the board, administration, faculty, and students, Marco Island Academy has risen to the top. For the past two years, the school was recognized in the “Top 2% of the nation for most challenging high schools” according to the Washington Post. MIA is A-rated and received the distinguished “High Performing Charter School” designation from the Florida Department of Education for the school’s outstanding performance.
Marco Island Academy has 230 students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. MIA has an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Many students will become the future doctors, lawyers, politicians, engineers, scientists, and leaders in the world. Gifts of any amount toward the Student Success Fund help to “Empower the Next Generation.”