PLAYERS Community Senior Center An Ace!

Ponte Vedra Center Opens With $300,000 from THE PLAYERS Championship.

PLAYERS Community Senior CenterDozens of worthwhile Northeast Florida charities are beneficiaries of the $24-million raised by the wildly popular PLAYERS Championship since 1977, and one of the newest ontributions is being enjoyed every day by hundreds of seniors in St. Johns County at the recently opened PLAYERS Community Senior Center. The 10,000 square-foot facility located off County Road 210 and Landrum Lane in Palm Valley, just 10 minutes from the host TPC Sawgrass, was officially opened June 8th.

The center will offer educational classes, physical fitness, intellectual stimulation, socialization and entertainment. It is equipped with an art room, library, computer lab, exercise room, restaurant-sized kitchen, wraparound veranda and a meeting area for groups of up to 100.“The PLAYERS Community Senior Center is the end result of our combined dreams and visions and would not have been possible without a true understanding of what “successful aging” can and should mean in a society so accustomed to focusing on youth,” said Cathy Brown, Executive Director for the St. Johns County Council on Aging.

Brian Goin, Executive Director of the THE PLAYERS Championship at the time of the opening reminds us
that “many of the volunteers who donate their time to THE PLAYERS Championship are seniors. Their efforts and support of the tournament allow us to improve the quality of life for them and the entire St. Johns County Community.”

Engraved bricks purchased by area residents, businesses, community leaders, and THE PLAYERS (with names of all the past champions, and bricks for future champions as well) are featured at the front entrance of the Center, a public/private partnership between THE PLAYERS Championship, St. Johns County and the St. Johns County Council on Aging. The partnership raised $1.8- million for the facility that is expected to serve many of the 35,000 residents over the age of 60 in St. Johns County, some 6,500 who are served by the Council on Aging in Northeast Florida.

Birdies For Charity Sets Record

Birdies For Charity Sets RecordMore than $160,000 was raised by a record 41 local charities to benefit community organizations through the THE PLAYERS Championship Birdies for Charity campaign. The Winston Family YMCA generated nearly a third of that total, earning a $10,000 bonus from THE PLAYERS which they’ll use for scholarships to support families who would not otherwise be able to afford to send their children to the YMCA’s after-school, summer camp and swim lesson programs, among others.

Former University of South Carolina kicker Joe Davis, who just moved to Jacksonville for a job with Merrill Lynch, guessed the exact number of birdies made at the May THE PLAYERS Championship, 1370, and won a trip to the Presidents Cup in Montreal.

 

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