Rooney’s Golf Foundation Distributes More Than $31,000 To Local Charities

(Front row) Sherri Carter, Mary Lou Arnold, Elizee Michel, Pat Rooney Jr., Kyle Henderson, Phyllis Everett Gauger and Dave Ragsdale; and (back row) Lt. Steve Thibodeau, Sharon Sheppard, Scott Scrivner, Janice Meeks, Sue Tomlinson, Patrick Sullivan and Bill Dunn.

Rooney’s Golf Foundation recently distributed $31,661.45 to nine local charities as a result of spring fundraising events. Local Rooney family businesses, the Palm Beach Kennel Club and Rooney’s Beer Company, coordinated the 5K run/walk and golf tournament with a committee of volunteers.

The 11th annual Rooney’s 5k Run/Walk was held on Saturday, March 30 at Palm Beach Kennel Club. This year’s run raised $15,435.70 for the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Forever Greyhounds, the Police Athletic League, the Potentia Academy, and the Westgate/Belvedere Homes CRA, with the help of sponsorships and 570 participants.

The third annual Rooney’s Spring Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, May 3 at the Abacoa Golf Club. The event raised $16,225.75 to benefit four local charities, including the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, the FAU Honors College, Greyhound Pet Adoption and the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund.

“We are very excited with this year’s numbers for both the Rooney’s 5k and spring golf tournament. Our goal every year is to raise money and awareness for amazing local charities, all the while making sure our participants, charities and volunteers are having fun. We would like to send a big thank you to all of the participants, sponsors and volunteers who make these events happen,” said Alexis Barbish-Sommer, executive director of Rooney’s Golf Foundation.

The foundation has donated $830,827.49 to local Palm Beach County charities since 2001. The 17th annual fall golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29 at Trump National Jupiter and the fifth annual “Overcomer” Luncheon will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at the National Croquet Center. Visit to learn more.