Golf Classic one of most successful to date

IMG_0285 It was a McPerfect day, April 10, as a field of 120 golfers hit the greens for the Annual Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Classic at Quail West Golf Club. Now in its eighth year, the event is the major fundraiser for the Care Mobile, a partnership between the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida and the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” said Classic Co-Chair Jim Johnson. “Quail West is a wonderful course and a perfect venue for our event.”

Also on hand for the shotgun start was Ronald McDonald, who posed for team photos in front of the Care Mobile, a state-of-the-art pediatric office that delivers “Hope on Wheels” to underserved children in Collier County. Since its inception in 2014, the Care Mobile has provided dental, medical and behavioral screenings and subsequent follow-up to more than 19,000 children.

“The Care Mobile program relies on this tournament to ensure that Collier’s most needy children receive the care they deserve,” said Care Mobile Advisory Council Chair Frank Gorke. “We certainly were not disappointed as this year’s event was one of the most successful to date.”

Johnson agreed, adding the early estimates are just over $170,000.

“We are very grateful to our tournament sponsor Arthrex and the strong support of local agencies and businesses,” he said. “We enjoyed an overwhelming response from the playing field to the reception and auction. Our auctioneer Jon Foege donated his time and talent and really made it a fun and very entertaining evening.”

In addition to a variety of unique auction items, Foege netted more than $30,000 with a cash call for a new Care Mobile. Purchased over a decade ago with the assistance of NCEF, founders of the Winter Wine Festival, the vehicle is in need of replacement. Earlier this month, NCEF generously granted $200,000 toward the purchase of a new Care Mobile and challenged the HCN Foundation to match the donation.

“Jon’s golden vocals helped launch those efforts and we intend to keep the wheels rolling,” said Steve Wheeler, HCN Vice President of Development.

Established in 1977, HCN continues a long-standing mission to provide quality healthcare accessible to everyone in the community. Currently serving more than 36,000 people annually, 25,000 of them children, HCN expands its reach through public-private partnerships with the NCEF, the University of Florida College of Dentistry and the Florida State University College of Medicine.

For more information on how you can support the Foundation and/or the Care Mobile, call 239-658-3113 or email swheeler@healthcareswfl.org.