The Fifth Annual Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Charity Golf Tournament, hosted April 11, raised more than $170,000 before expenses.
The event featured an 18-hole golf tournament and gourmet dinner with Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marines Forces, Central Command, as guest speaker.
Other featured attendees were Semper Fi beneficiaries Mike Jernigan, Mark Litynski, Monte Bernardo, Josh Sharpe and Josh Bleill and his wife Nikki and daughter Ali.
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial aid to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, with 95 percent of the money raised going directly to those in need.
Local businesses provided many auction and raffle prizes and Neal Communities was co- sponsor with a $10,000 donation.
Other area sponsors were Gold Coast Eagle Distributors of Sarasota, Heitel Jewelers of Venice, Northern Trust Bank, Atlantic Stewardship Bank, and Boca Royale Golf and Country Club. Additional funds were raised through the active support of the Boca Royale Tennis Shop, which sponsored a Pro Exhibition arranged by Tennis Pro Pancho Williams.
A "Meet Our Wounded Heroes" Cocktail Party on April 10 provided an opportunity for many others to participate.
Golf tournament winners were General Neller, Bill Aderman, Al Eggleston and Joe Dettbarn. In the women's division, Sandy Wynta, Joyce Capinski, Jan Matson and Bev LeMay won; and John and Monica Folvig and Tom and Winnie Coleman won in the mixed division.
All the tournament winners returned the prize money they won back to the charity, greatly increasing this year's gross. Plans are already underway for the 2015 tournament.