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Naples Lakes Golf Tournament Raises $40,000 for Home Base SWFL

Photo ID (L-R) Jared Wilson, Naples Lakes Veteran Outreach Coordinator, John Harrison and Pat Laird, co-chairs of the Home Base Golf Tournament and Jason Cooper, Assistant Director, Development for Home Base of SW Florida.

For the second consecutive year, the philanthropic golfers of Naples Lakes Country Club (www.napleslakesfl.com) held a golf tournament benefiting Home Base SWFL, a facility dedicated to healing invisible wounds for veterans and their families. The 2nd Annual NLCC/Home Base SWFL Golf Tournament and related events raised approximately $40,000, topping the $28,000 raised in the 2020 tournament. All proceeds from the event will remain in Southwest Florida.

Naples Lakes residents Pat Laird and John Harrison Co-Chaired the Steering Committee for the charity event. “We are grateful to the Naples community, Naples Lakes resident volunteers and staff for contributing time, talent, and treasure to fund important Home Base programs,” said Pat Laird. “November 14 was a day of patriotism and pride at Naples Lakes. More than 700 American flags lined community streets providing the backdrop as 162 golfers, including ten Home Base veterans, teed up to play on our Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. The day-long celebration of our country and our veterans included morning and afternoon golf rounds.”

Color Guard from Golden Gate High School Junior ROTC
Color Guard from Golden Gate High School Junior ROTC

The Golden Gate High School Junior ROTC served as Color Guard for ceremonies that launched each round with the singing of the National Anthem and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. The ROTC Cadets also organized a push-up challenge, collecting dollars for each push-up, ultimately raising $2,650 for the cause.

Tournament event sponsors included Fresh Market, Genesis of Naples, Eurasia Italian & Vietnamese Cuisine, Naples Lakes Roosters Golf Group, many Naples Lakes residents, and dozens of area merchants and golf communities, which donated items for a silent auction.

Commented Naples Lakes Director of Golf Jake Myers, “We are extremely proud of the dedication of our residents and golfers to help provide services for the Home Base organization. This dedication is just one of the many reasons that make this community special.  It is truly a pleasure to be a part of something so great.”

For additional information about the golf tournament, contact Maggie Brooks at 585-313-6838 or at magbrooks03@gmail.com

About Naples Lakes Country Club

Located at 4784 Naples Lakes Boulevard, Naples Lakes Country Club is a private 490-acre gated golf course and country club community were “bundled” golf membership is included with every residence. Naples Lakes contains more than 200 acres of lakes and protected nature preserves and has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, one of only 114 in Florida.

About Home Base SWFL

Home Base SWFL is a nonprofit that operates on philanthropy and is a program of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. Serving the five-county SWFL region, Home Base is devoted to providing life-saving clinical care and support for treatment of the invisible wounds to include post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders, family relationship challenges, and other issues associated with military service – all with no out-of-pocket cost for participants. Recent conflicts such as the fall of Afghanistan and the COVID-19 Pandemic have resulted in a dramatic surge in demand for clinical services, while negatively impacting Home Base’s ability to raise critical funding. For additional information about Home Base contact Jason Cooper at 239-919-6944 or at jcooper@mgh.harvard.edu

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