Immokalee Foundation to Hold 2010 Charity Classic Pro-Am at Bay Colony

Immokalee FounationThe Immokalee Foundation will hold its 2010 Charity Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples Monday, Nov. 15, according to Peter Negri, chair of the nonprofit organization's golf committee.

The popular fundraising event pairs foundation supporters with some of the biggest names in golf. Last year, participants played alongside touring pros including Peter Jacobsen, Andy Bean, Jay Sigel, Bruce Fleischer, John Cook and Terry-Jo Myers, to name a few.

The exclusive event is slated to include only 24 foursomes, plus pros. The benefit tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and golf demonstrations, followed by a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The scramble format pairs players with a different pro for each nine holes. The awards luncheon will be held immediately following the tournament.

Entry fees begin at $5,000. All pro-am golfers will receive tickets to the highly-acclaimed Charity Classic Dinner Auction Friday, Nov. 12 at The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.

For more information or to make reservations, call Lori Apolito, The Immokalee Foundation, (239) 430-9122.

"The Immokalee Foundation is such an exemplary model of helping children help themselves," says Negri. "This organization provides ways for students to learn and ultimately make a better life for themselves and their families."

The event will benefit the foundation's educational programs including Take Stock in Children, Vocational Success, College Success, Direct Scholarships, The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in Immokalee, Immokalee Readers and Community Grants. The 2009 golf tournament raised $1 million for TIF programs.

Presenting sponsor for the Charity Golf Classic 2010 is Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Gold-level sponsors include Bigham Jewelers, Jaguar Naples and Porsche of Naples.

The Immokalee Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to building pathways to success for the children of Immokalee by empowering them through programs focused on education, vocation and life skills.

The foundation offers students the tools, opportunities and encouragement needed to succeed at each level of their education and in their careers. For more information, visit


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