Thanks to a large contribution by the Florida tomato industry, organizers of a yearly golf fundraiser benefiting the Redlands Christian Migrant Association have renamed the May 2 event the “Tomato Tournament for Tots.”
The Immokalee-based RCMA is Florida’s largest nonprofit childcare provider that helps more than 8,000 children through childcare centers that provide reading instruction and other programs.
Members of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Exchange donated $25,000 for the event, in its 10th year, which includes a buffet breakfast and an awards banquet at the Naples, Fla., TwinEagles golf course.
“The generosity of the Florida tomato industry not only will push us closer to our goal of raising $100,000 but also reflects the growers’ concerns about the families who pick Florida tomatoes,” said Matt Bokor, RCMA’s director of community relations. “More than anything, the families want their children to have a good education and a chance to succeed, and the tomato industry gift will help RCMA open those doors to opportunities.”
Bokor said RCMA wants to attract additional individual and industry sponsorships and donations, regardless of whether they plan to participate in the tournament.
Founded in 1965, RCMA provided migrant worker children a safe place to stay while their parents worked the fields in the Redlands farming region of southern Miami-Dade County.