Held recently at the Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club, the fundraiser generated about $70,000 for the event’s recipient, Marco Island Academy (MIA), through sponsorships, a dinner and auction and donations.The total set an event record, according to MIA Founder and Board Chair Jane Watt, who said about $44,000 was raised last year. Approximately $28,000 will be used to replace seven aged air conditioning units for the modular classrooms at the school’s San Marco
Road campus that were heavily damaged in Hurricane Irma.
“We very excited to be able to get new units to keep all of our kids cool,” Watt added.
She said estimates are being received for damage to downspouts and siding, roofs and the school’s trash enclosure, as well as the replacement of security cameras.“None of it was huge stuff, but it all adds up,” said Watt.
Terry McCreanor, branch manager and managing director for Marco’s Ameriprise Financial Services office, hosted the Squire’s Pro-Am, which he founded. The tournament’s name is inspired by the late Gene Sarazen, a Marco resident and legendary professional golfer known as “the Squire.”
MIA Principal Melissa Scott said the event is one of her favorite fundraisers for the school because it’s held outside, even if temperatures were on the cool side of things.“I’m so glad that the weather did clear up, although it is a little windy, but the shine is shining,” she added. “And I’m always so grateful to all the people that come out. Many of them play golf often, but today they’re playing for a great cause and that means that they love the kids just as much as I do, because they choose to do it for us.”
Will Minor was among the many golfers who were undeterred by the weather. He’d also taken part in the golf fundraiser held the previous day at Hammock Bay that benefitted the Marco Island Center for the Arts.
“I believe you’ve got to give something back to the community,” he said. “Even though I’m a snowbird, I believe in giving back in both places I live, whether it’s here on Marco Island or back in Pennsylvania,” said the resident of Newtown Square, near Philadelphia. First Place, Women: The Island Country Club team of Joan Myers, Kris Zimmerman, Mary Appollina, Pam Petill and Vanessa Hanba, which finished at five under par. First Place, Mixed Foursome: Lola and Tom Sinelli, Chris and Bill Laimbeer and Evan Holewinski finished at 13 under par. First Place, Mens: Sea Shea, Mark Mc- Cabe, John Duroscher, Mark Meyer and Niels Stone finished 12 under par. Longest Putt: Frank Guido Closest to the pin: Chris Laimbeer Longest drive: Bill Laimbeer