Pine Castle’s 17th Annual “Independence Golf Classic”, presented by 121 Financial Credit Union, was held at Deerwood Country Club was held on Monday, July 14, 2014.
Representing tournament sponsor, Jason Hyrne & Jeff Wyatt of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, First-place Gross Division winners were Jeff Wyatt, Karisa Akins, Alan Henderson and Clay Churchill (pictured). Representing tournament sponsor, Borland-Groover Clinic, First-place Net Division winners were Tom Birdsong, John Gol, West Bernhardt, and Eric Drake.
Since its beginning in 1997, the Independence Golf Classic has raised over $1,000,000, drawing support from those interested in contributing to the strength and success of Pine Castle’s programs, which assist adults with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities to reach their greatest possible levels of independence. Proceeds will support the long-term success of Pine Castle’s vocational and life skills training, job development and coaching, a seniors’ program, and long-term residential care.
Pine Castle’s Executive Director, Jonathan May, expressed his appreciation for the tournament sponsors and participants’ dedication to the agency’s mission. “As we celebrate over 60 years of Pine Castle’s service to the Jacksonville community and surrounding counties, we look back on a time when people with disabilities weren’t fully a part of society, and there were no educational or employment services available to them,” he explained. “Consistent community support for programs which assist citizens with disabilities demonstrates that today, everyone matters.”
The tournament’s Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Sam’s Clubs of Jacksonville, provided an important opportunity to honor Publix, Chartwells Thompson, Service Solutions and Goodwill of North Florida, four area companies that have partnered with Pine Castle and demonstrated leadership in the creation of job opportunities within our community for those with disabilities. Pine Castle’s Community Employment Program has provided qualified employees and on-the-job training and follow-up services to the business community since 1988.
Other top sponsors of the event included Flowers Baking Co., Tom Bush Family of Dealerships, Baptist Health, the law firm of Driver, McAfee, Peek & Hawthorne, Moran Environmental Recovery, Art Dobosiewicz/UBS Financial, LBA Group, and Drs. Bruce and Deborah Krieger.