Golf event benefits RCMA child care

05/31/2013 09:31:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Joe and Sally James of James Irrigation Inc., Dover, Fla., were involved in a past tourney and suggested the Plant City, strawberry industry host a golf benefit, Mainster said.

Last year, the tournament generated $12,000 and Mainster said the James’ are looking to make it bigger.

“Bigger than the industry support, this is really about investing in kids,” Mainster said.

“Everyone knows early childhood is critical. What we’re doing with these kids at this young age is very much of an investment.”

Whatever happens with the sequester, RCMA is expecting to serve even more farm worker children, if immigration reform prompts larger numbers of migrant families to head to Florida.

Florida’s produce industry is clearly stepping up to the plate as child-care will remain important for the state’s harvesters.

dohlemeier@thepacker.com

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