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North Florida Golf Classic Raises $60,000

Golf enthusiasts had a ​chance to show-off their skills while raising vital funds for Boys Town North Florida during the 22nd Annual Christmas Classic Golf Tournament December 8, 2014.

The Christmas Classic, held at Golden Eagle Country Club, has become a growing tradition in the Tallahassee community, hosting 25 teams this year.

Prior to the tournament, Christmas Classic participants were given an itinerary which included the Christmas wish lists of Boys Town North Florida youth. All of the golf participants brought a wrapped gift from the wish list to the tournament, ensuring that there’s something for each and every youth under the tree Christmas morning.

One hundred golfers teed off for a shot at prizes for the longest putt, longest drive and hole-in-one. Boys Town North Florida youth got in the game too, interacting with the golfers as they manned some of the vendor booths located on the greens. When lunch rolled around, the golfers were reminded exactly why they support Boys Town North Florida, when youth Katrina, shared her remarkable story with them.

Local celebrities also lent a hand during the Classic. Florida State University Head Baseball Coach Mike Martin squared off against tournament participants in a “beat the coach” competition. Each participant paid five dollars to face-off against Coach Martin to see who could hit their ball closest to the pin. Winners of the golf tournament included first place gross team, “Thomas Howell Ferguson PA,” and first place net team, “Residential Elevators, LLC.”

“A big ‘thank you’ to all golfers, volunteers and donors for this year’s Christmas Classic. It was a great success with a lot of support from the Tallahassee community,” said Dena Strickland, Boys Town North Florida Development Director. “The golf tournament is a great way to enjoy a little friendly competition while growing support for our mission in the community.”

Thanks to the golf participants and sponsors, Boys Town North Florida was able to raise $60,000 for its programs.