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Golfers tee up support for United Way’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program

In many ways, golf is like life. A round is long, endlessly challenging and filled with the unexpected. More than anything, the game reveals character.  With this connection in mind, what better way to tee up support for character initiatives than with a golf tournament? On April 27, 96 golfers did just that by participating in the 16th annual Tee It Up for Character Charity Golf Tournament at Monarch Country Club to benefit United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program.
 
In addition to playing 18 holes of golf on a Friday afternoon, players took their best swing at the Hole-In-One contests to win His and Hers Mini-Coopers, a full day charter sponsored by Lively Orthodontics, a Macy’s shopping spree sponsored by Phyllis Kordick, and a customized vacation package. One player, Steve MacDonald, tried to putt his way to $2,500 in the putting contest sponsored by Waste Management, and two players, Kevin Fandrey and Michael Neary, competed for $100,000 during the second chance shoot-out, sponsored by Mark Brechbill, PLLC, Certified Public Accountants. 
 
The tournament, the sole fundraiser for United Way’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program, was a huge success, raising more than $23,000 thanks to golf committee members Mark Brechbill, Phyllis Kordick, Blake Norman, Liz Snyder and Rob Tweeddale, sponsors, auction bidders, players, special contributors and volunteers. Proceeds raised will provide character education activities and resources in the schools and throughout the community. "CHARACTER COUNTS! encourages good sportsmanship and increases public awareness of the importance of core ethical values," said Holly Laiben, the program’s director. "This golf fundraiser will help to ensure these activities continue."
 
The following are this year’s results:
Men’s 1st Place – Gary Sparks, Chris Sparks, Donnie Persson, Eric Cowles 
Men’s 2nd Place – Rick Van Fossen, Mike Rudy, Doug Smith, Rob Eysaman 
Men’s 3rd Place–Patrick Colasuonno, Matt Killough, Mike Spriggs, Bill Sutton
Men’s 4th Place – Evans Crary VI, Tom Myers, Perry Ware, Michael Brown
Mixed / Ladies 1st Place – LaDonna Lively, John Lively, Kyle Hughes, Dori DiToro
Mixed / Ladies 2nd Place – Keith Muniz, David Reidy, Debbie Mraz, Anthony Mraz
Closest to the Line – Arlene Simms and Steve MacDonald
 
Major sponsors of the tournament were Mark Brechbill, PLLC, Certified Public Accountants, Waste Management, Phyllis Kordick, Lively Orthodontics, Norman-Page team at Water Pointe Realty group, Blake Norman – American Global, Air Burners, Keiser University Flagship Campus, The Saelzer / Atlas Wealth Management Group of Raymond James, Wallace Hyundai, H2O Kids Swim School / Treasure Coast Aquatics, MIS Consulting, NisAir Air Conditioning, Rob Tweeddale – Merrill Lynch, Ampersand Graphics, Monarch Country Club, and Publix Supermarket Charities.
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The buffet dinner following the tournament featured silent and live auctions with auctioneer Elliot Paul of Elliot Paul & Company Auctions and offered golf outings from Sailfish Point Golf Club, PGA National Resort & Spa, Hobe Sound Golf Club, Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, Mariner’s Sands Country Club, Monarch Country Club, Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club, and Willoughby Golf Club, tickets to Cirque de Soliel: Crystal donated by Florida Power & Light Company, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Aquatica, Stuart Air Show 2018 and other fabulous items.  New to this year’s live auction was a request for donations that would provide CHARACTER COUNTS! mini-grants to our local schools and non-profit agencies to enhance their character-development activities.  48 items were awarded in the raffle including complimentary foursomes of golf to local golf clubs and dining and entertainment gift certificates, baskets and tickets to local businesses.
CHARACTER COUNTS! is a program of United Way of Martin County. For further information, contact CHARACTER COUNTS! director Holly Laiben at (772) 283-4800, ext. 234 or visit www.unitedwaymartin.org.
 
About United Way of Martin County: The mission of United Way of Martin County is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. 
Since 1972, United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: promote good health, support financial stability and improve education.
For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or call 772-283-4800.