There are times when I sit back and shake my head wondering just what our world is going to look like when the youth of today are running things. For the most part, I cringe thinking about it. Then there are times when something wonderful happens and I smile knowing that we'll be alright.
Evan Farrara is one of those young people who give me hope. Evan is a junior at Jensen Beach High School. This bright 16-year-old may be the youngest in his class, but he is wise well beyond his years.
This young man is on a mission to raise funds to help needy children fulfill their educational dreams. He plans to do that through "Daniel's Dream" a charity golf tournament being held at Eagle Marsh Golf Club in Jensen Beach on Saturday, May 3.
"Daniel's Dream" was set up by Evan in honor of Daniel Valle, a student from El Salvador that Evan met while attending The Youth Global Scholars Program at Yale University this past summer.
During his two weeks in the program Evan listened to Daniel relay stories of how difficult is to attain an education in El Salvador. Schools there lack desks, chairs, textbooks, and more. What many of us take for granted, the school children of San Mauricio Public School in El Salvador would welcome with tears of joy.
Evan made a promise to Daniel that he would help in any way possible. Originally, Evan planned to hold a 5K run to raise funds for Daniel's fellow school children. When he found out how many other charity runs were taking place, his parents suggested a golf tournament.
"I used to play," recalls Evan. "When I was two or three, I could hit the ball straight and pretty far. At 10 or 11, I let it go."
What he did not let go of was his desire and talent for succeeding and following through. He made a promise and not only intended to keep it; he hopes to make this an annual event.
Proceeds from the tournament will go to purchase desks, chairs, books, and other desperately needed supplies. Daniel told Evan of how they keep even the old broken chairs and desks in their classroom so that they can cobble together enough parts from two or four desks or chairs to make one working unit. Sadly the classrooms must look more like Fred Sanford's place than a classroom.
To make certain that the proceeds go where they are intended, Evan and his family will travel to El Salvador this summer to purchase the items and deliver them personally to the school.
"Many of the kids use chairs with only two or three legs on them because it's all they have," Evan stated. "I made a promise to Daniel and I intend to make certain that it's fulfilled."
"Daniel's Dream" Charity Golf Tournament is a scramble format event with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday, May 3 at Eagle Marsh GC in Jensen Beach. Cost per golfer is $100 and if you already have a foursome, it will be $375. Included is golf with cart, buffet luncheon, prizes, goodie bag and more.
Evan is still looking for sponsors and just signed up Mercedes Benz of Palm Beach for the Hole-in-One prize! Sponsorship packages start at just $100. If you cannot make the event or cannot sponsor a hole for $100, Daniel's Dream will accept all cash donations. For just a $20 donation, you would provide a child with a chair to sit on in class.
For sponsorship information contact Evan Farrara at (772) 453-7848 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For golf tournament information and to sign up for the event, call Frank Dobbs, PGA Professional at Eagle Marsh at (772) 692-3322.
If nothing else, drop Evan a line just to let him know how refreshing it is to know we have a generation like him coming up. His parents and family should be very proud.
Save the date!
For those of you who read my column weekly, listen to my radio show or are my friends, you may remember that my dear friend, Mike Murphy, passed away in January.
On Sunday May18, at St. James Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, I am hosting a memorial golf outing. We will gather to celebrate Mike's life, his love for this wonderful game and to play some golf.
I would like to invite everyone to come. Mike was a truly wonderful man, whom I miss very much. If you love this game, then Mike surely would have called you his friend.
We will be starting play around noon, with lunch, prizes and food after our round. Cost will be between $35-40 per person for everything. I will pass along the details when they are ironed out in the next few weeks.
If you'd like to know more, please email me at email@example.com.
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday Night Golf Show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.