Volunteer Lifeguards Give Time and Money

Over $85,000 Generated and 48 Scholarships Awarded

They’ve been saving our lives for nearly a century and now the men and women whose job it has been to save us from the water hope you’ll take the risk of hitting a few golf balls into the drink for their cause.

The 10th annual “Fishbait” Thompson Charity Golf Tournament is coming up April 7, 2008 at Hidden Hills Golf Club. The annual Captain’s-Choice format has made it a fun event with numerous individual and team prizes. The proceeds from the event will be split between scholarships to members of the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps and the building fund to make improvements to the station, which has stood guard in the same place since the Corps’ inception.

The American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps was founded in 1912 through the efforts of Commodore Longfellow, a pioneer in aquatic safety and ocean rescue, who convinced the Red Cross to enter into the field of lifesaving with a Corps of volunteers as a model.

The American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving CorpsThe Corps has a rich tradition of public service and innovation in lifesaving skills spanning over 90 years of volunteer service.

The Corps recruits men and women twice a year who are in good physical condition and of high moral fiber to participate in its recruit training program. Since its inception the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps has served their community with a combined 1,293,482 hours of volunteer service. This includes 1,445 lives saved, 1,766 near fatal assists, and over 25,633 documented first aid cases. They also train close to 75 children from age 7-14 years old each summer in ocean safety.

Now it’s your turn to tee it up for the Corps.

For more information on the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps, visit http://www.redcrosslifeguard.org/ or if you’d like to know more about playing in the event or helping with donations and sponsorships, call Bill Reagan at (904) 571-6502 or Sean O’Brien at (904) 235-9723. This year they hope to attract some local celebrities and collect much-needed funds to continue their service to the Northeast Florida community.


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