By Doug Ohlemeier, The Packer
The eighth year of a produce industry golf tournament that pays for migrant worker education has added a sports celebrity to attract more sponsorship.
The Sunripe Golf Classic, scheduled for April 21 at the Arnold Palmer-designed Legacy Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., supports scholarships for children of migrant workers. Money raised from the tournament goes to endowments at the Tampa, Fla.-based University of South Florida's College of Education.
Last year's event generated $106,800, and pushed total contributions from the yearly benefit to more than $1 million.
Event organizers say they hope to generate as much this year.
The three highest bidders will get to golf in a foursome with Dave Andreychuk, community relations officer and former captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team that won the 2004 Stanley Cup.
Event sponsor Pacific Tomato Growers Ltd., Palmetto, Fla., underwrites all of the event's expenses.
"Everyone knows this effort is for a good cause," said Billy Heller, chief executive officer. "We are excited because every dollar they (contributors) put into it benefits the Sunripe migrant scholarship fund. It's just a really cohesive and fun way to give back to our society."