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TREASURE COAST -- The Treasure Coast Wildlife Center's eighth annual Golf for Wildlife tournament took place May 24 at The Fox Club in Palm City.
Greeted by Larry Laoretti, 1992 U.S. Senior Open Champion and The Fox Club's golf instructor, 56 participants proceeded to the putting green to receive their special gift, a Scotty Cameron Putter, before the tournament teed off.
Hosted once again by long-time supporters Glen Hess and the Vicki Hess Foundation, Golf for Wildlife raised more than $20,000.
All funds raised will be used to support critical operational needs, such as food and medical services for the animals under care.
"At Golf for Wildlife, we had perfect weather, generous sponsors, hardworking volunteers and an amazing time by all involved," said Dan Martinelli, the center's executive director. "We're already looking forward to another great Golf for Wildlife tournament at The Fox Club again next year on Friday, May 2, 2014."
Braman Motorcars sponsored a hole-in-one challenge, where golfers had a chance to win a two-year lease on an Audi Q5 on Hole 7. On the other Par-3 holes, the golfers had a chance to win a gift certificate for the BMW Performance One Day Driving School, a Pinehurst golf getaway, and a Scotty Cameron Putter and ProV1 Titleist Golf Balls.
At the luncheon, the tournament winners, Financial Planning Associates for low net and McNicholas & Associates for low gross, received awards.
Throughout the luncheon, golfers visited with the animals of the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, smoked cigars provided by the on-site cigar roller, and participated in competitions with Larry Laoretti.
At this year's silent auction, golfers won Miami Marlins tickets; fishing trips and other excursions; golf foursomes; trips to Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia; a stay at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa and much more.
The Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and natural habitats. This volunteer-driven organization treats thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals each year, including bobcats, eagles and alligators.
The Wildlife Center serves Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties.
For more information, visit www.TCWH.org.