Successful Golf Tourney Raises $58,000 For The Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County hosted its 34th annual Wellington Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Wanderers Club. The tournament raised $58,000 for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.

A total of 140 attendees participated in the golf tournament. Prior to golfing, participants were treated to breakfast, courtesy of Whole Foods Market Wellington and Kennesaw Juice. Attendees also had an opportunity to participate in a raffle and putting contest.

There was no shortage of entertainment. Rocket Launcher and Krank Drivers provided a twist to traditional golf. If players decided to purchase a super ticket, they had the chance to participate in longest-drive and closest-to-the-pin contests. There was also a hole-in-one contest to win great prizes. There were also several stations presented by Whole Foods Market Wellington, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Longhorn Steakhouse that provided food, snacks and beverages.

After golfing, attendees headed back into the clubhouse, being greeted by members of the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club. The event concluded with a luncheon where the club members performed an African dance and sponsors were recognized. Coming in second place was the team of Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Nic Roldan and Darren Marotta, and taking first place was the team of Elliot Bonner, Nick Chillemi, Vince Chillemi and Cliff Carrol.

The event would not have been possible without the support of the committee. Ed Portman, a long-time supporter of the club, was named honorary chairman with co-chairmen Todd Barron, Elliot Bonner, Ray Mooney and Mickey Smith. Committee members Shelley Blaine Goodman, Jim Bomar and Julie Kime also played key roles during the planning process.

Raising nearly $58,000 was a record high. “There is no better way to kick off our 2015-16 event season,” Boys & Girls Clubs President & CEO Jaene Miranda said. “The Wellington club has two great events left: the Wellington Dinner Dance on Jan. 8 and the Great Futures Polo Day on March 13. The golf tournament was just a start to a successful year for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.”

Proceeds from the day’s events benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club, one of 13 run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. For more info., visit or call (561) 683-3287.

ABOVE: First place winners Cliff Carrol, Nick Chillemi, Vince Chillemi and Elliot Bonner.