The Immokalee Foundation to hold 2011 Charity Classic Pro-Am golf tournament

Presented by The Johnson Meland Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

NAPLES, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2011) – The Immokalee Foundation will hold its 2011 Charity Classic Pro-Am golf tournament at Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples Monday, Nov. 14, according to Kevin Johnson of The Johnson Meland Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and chairperson of the nonprofit organization’s golf committee.

The popular fundraising event will pair foundation supporters with some of the biggest names in golf. Mark Lye, PGA Tour professional and Golf Channel analyst, has once again recruited professionals from the LPGA, PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Thus far, the lineup includes golfing greats such as Peter Jacobsen, Bruce Fleisher, George McNeill, Derek Lamely, Michael Bradley, Brad Bryant, Andy Bean, Brian Gay and Daniel Chopra.

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 2011 Charity Classic Celebration dinner and auction Friday, Nov. 11 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

“This tournament is about so much more than golf,” said Johnson. “It’s about helping make dreams come true for the hardworking students involved in The Immokalee Foundation and its programs.”

The event will benefit the foundation’s educational programs including Take Stock in Children Immokalee program, Vocational Success, College Success, Direct Scholarships, The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in Immokalee, Immokalee Readers and Community Grants. The 2010 golf tournament raised more than $500,000 for TIF programs.

The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and vocational school, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development. To learn more about the Charity Classic Celebration, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit


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