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2006 Charity Classic Banquet and Golf Tournament Raises $90,000 for Local Charities
   


The First Tee of Jacksonville
Otis Smith Kids Foundation
     

   

The 2006 Lens Friends Charity Classic presented by Bayer was a huge success!! The Event raised $90,000 going to both the First Tee of Jacksonville and The Otis Smith Kids Foundation. A Very Special Thanks to Bayer Corp. for being our Presenting Sponsor again in 2006! 

Our other major sponsors were the PGA TOUR, The MPS Group, Coggin, The Golf Club at South Hampton, and The World Golf Hall of Fame. Carrabbas, Bono's BBQ, Starbucks, Panera Bread, and Kilwins Chocolates were fantasic food contributors.

Our Dinner and Auction was held at the World Golf Hall of Fame. 300 people attended the great evening bidding on over 120 silient auction items, and 5 Live items. There were lots of games, free prizes and huge amounts of fun during the evening. Thank you Jody Sutton and her team at the Hall of Fame for doing a great job. Some great jewelery was on display and for bidding was brought in by Hana and Her Sister, a jewelery company located in the Jacksonville Landing.

During our Golf Day at South Hampton we had 28 groups play for 20 Team Prizes. A special Thank You to Callaway Golf for providing most of the prizes and product, and to all other golf companies for supplying great prizes. The staff at South Hampton was awesome: Thank you MG Orender, Travis Norman, and Kimberly Lawlor for your great help.

Mark Davidson Wine donated plenty of excellent wine for everyone to enjoy and thanks to Coca-Cola for providing all the sodas and water for our event. Brian Goin and his staff were key players and outstanding contributors for the event!

The Lens Friends Foundation has now raised close to half a millon dollars for local Charities here in Jacksonville. It is founded and run by Len and Kristen Mattiace. "We want to thank all the companies mentioned above as well as all of the individual contributors who helped us raise money for our 2 Kids groups. Bonnie Upright and Pepper Peete are doing great things for their respective groups. We look forward to more fun, exciting events like this in the near future!"

     
                   
       
 
                 
 
       

Len and Jeff Prosser of First Coast News Play Golf Marathon at TPC Sawgrass to Benefit The First Tee on September 9

...they play 125 holes of golf and raise more than $50,000 for The First Tee

Read article in PGATour.com

 
 
         
Golf Marathon Day at TPC Sawgrass benefiting The First Tee presented by First Coast News - NBC TV 12 - From left to right:
Len and Jeff Prosser of First Coast News teeing it up on one of 125 holes they played to benefit The First Tee.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and some of Len's Friends greet Len and Jeff on their 82nd hole.
Len driving at TPC Sawgrass. (All photos by Chris Condon, PGA Tour)
   
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