Thank you to everyone who supported the 2018 Dinner and Live Auction at Palma Ceia (sponsored by All Seasons Wealth) featuring Jack Nicklaus. For those who were there, I hope you would agree with me that it was a magical night.
The evening actually began with Jack Nicklaus visiting our youth facility at Rogers Park GC and conducting a clinic and Q & A with the kids. Mr. Nicklaus was amazing with the children, working with several of them one-on-one on their swings. After being on the range for a bit, everyone went inside to hear stories and life advice from Mr. Nicklaus as he answered questions from the kids. The daytime event concluded with autographs and selfies before heading off to Palma Ceia. Here are some pictures from the Rogers Park Event: 2018 TFTTB Event at Rogers Park with Jack Nicklaus. Links to media coverage of the event are below.
At Palma Ceia, guests were able to mingle and talk to Mr. Nicklaus prior to the actual dinner and eventual fireside chat with Master of Ceremonies Gary Koch. Once the program got started, we heard from several TFTTB Board Members including 2018 Dinner Chair Ross Hays and TFTTB Board Co-Chair Chris Sullivan. Following dinner, All Seasons Wealth Founder/CEO & TFTTB Board Member Jeff Hausinger introduced our special guest for the evening. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Koch proceeded to thrill the audience for over 45 minutes on a variety of topics, including Mr. Nicklaus’s heavy involvement with The First Tee nationally. Two sets of pictures from the dinner can be seen here: 2018 TFTTB Dinner & Live Auction Pictures #1 & 2018 TFTTB Dinner & Live Auction Pictures #2.
Following the fireside chat, the Live Auction and “Sponsor-A-Kid” portion was led by auctioneer extraordinaire Jason Alpert, and our supporters stepped up in a big way. I am proud to announce that when the dust settled and the final numbers were tabulated, the event GROSSED MORE THAN $900,000 for The First Tee of Tampa Bay. This was certainly one of the largest one-day fundraisers in the history of any First Tee Chapter around the country, and it couldn’t have been done without the support of everyone on our team. Thank you all for being part of a night that will be remembered here in Tampa for years to come and for supporting the children of The First Tee of Tampa Bay!
We’ll close with a direct Tweet from Mr. Nicklaus himself a few days after the event: “One of the highlights last week for me was a visit to Rogers Park, home of The First Tee of Tampa Bay, and the opportunity to talk golf and life with just a few of the thousands of tremendous young men and women this chapter impacts every year. And then to cap the day, I was able to join more than 270 guests at Palma Ceia, including long-time friends Fred Ridley (Augusta National Chairman) and NBC’s Gary Koch, to help raise money for The First Tee. In the end, they raised over $800k! Thank you friends, because you will impact the lives of so many kids and in immeasurable ways for years to come.”
Click a link below to view photos of that event