Shadow Wood Country Club's Italian Open raises more than $7,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Italian Open committee memberAngelo Dabiero, SWCC General Manager Bill Wagner, Make-A-Wish Foundation representativeLesley Colantonio, and Italian Open committee member Dr. Ron Repice.BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2012) – More than 100 members of Shadow Wood Country Club participated in the club’s Italian Open golf tournament, dinner and auction on April 16.

Launched in 2002, the Italian Open was hosted on the South Course and raised more than $7,000 for the first-time beneficiary, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.

Event organizers donated 100 percent of funds raised during the member-sponsored event to help grant the wishes of terminally ill children for once-in-a-lifetime trips. The auction generated a significant portion of the proceeds and included two official New York Giants helmets and a full set of golf clubs.

Jesus, the first grantee, wished to visit the Walt Disney World Resort with his family. They were given the royal treatment during their stay at “Give the Kids the World Village,” along with visits at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios.

“Granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions enriches the human experience with hope, strength and joy,” said Lesley Colantonio, senior special events coordinator with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.

Italian Open committee members included Angelo Dabiero, Dr. Ron Repice, Joe Gallo and Michael Iacampo, who received a plaque with images of Jesus’ favorite moments during his Disney World visit. “The committee and all our members were honored to be part of making a wish come true and look forward to granting more wishes,” said Danita Osborn, director of membership for Shadow Wood Country Club.

Sponsors included Wells Fargo Advisors, Coconut Point Ford, Golf Guys, Marcella’s, Sweet Bay Super Market and Pinch a Penny, along with Shadow Wood Country Club PGA professionals. “The support of our sponsors and golf pros helped ensure the event was a huge success,” said Osborn.

Each year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, the fourth-largest wish-granting chapter in the world, fulfills the wishes of more than 500 children in 13 South Florida counties. With the average cost of a wish being $5,000, the organization relies on fundraisers, corporate support and donations from the public to help these children and their families. For more information, call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 954-967-WISH or log on to

Shadow Wood, located within The Brooks master-planned community, offers a limited number of non-refundable equity Golf, Executive, Sports, and Clubhouse Memberships for both residents and non-residents. Executive Memberships are reserved for members under age 56 and offer unrestricted play on the three courses, summertime reciprocals at area clubs, full use of Shadow Wood’s golf facilities, including practice areas and the Shadow Wood Golf Academy, and social and dining privileges at both clubhouses.

The  financially sound club offers members three distinctly different championship golf courses, including Shadow Wood North and South designed by Bob Cupp and the Arthur Hills-designed course at Shadow Wood Preserve. Members also enjoy a nine-court tennis complex, 30,000-square-foot Shadow Wood clubhouse currently undergoing a $4.8 million renovation and a 16,000-square-foot clubhouse at Shadow Wood Preserve.

Located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Coconut Road, more than half of Shadow Wood’s 2,532 acres are open space, with 416 acres of undeveloped forest and freshwater wetlands and 878 acres set aside for recreation, open areas, buffers and lakes.

For additional information about Shadow Wood Country Club, call 239-992-6000 or visit


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