For over ten years, East Lake Woodlands golfers have conducted golf tournaments to raise funds to support breast cancer research, screening, diagnostic support, and treatment. We have raised almost $325,000 since 2007 and have our sights set on exceeding $375,000 this year. The event has transitioned from a small, local tournament to one that attracts golfers from around the Tampa Bay area.
From the outset, we were determined to keep costs low so we could donate the maximum amount possible to the charities. To accomplish this goal, we recruited an all-volunteer team to engage sponsors, enlist golfers from around the Tampa Bay area, create interesting prize packages, and run the tournament. We worked with East Lake Woodlands Country Club, the venue for our event, to contain costs for golf and for food service.
Over time we refocused our contributions to local charities with a proven track record. Donations come from participants in the golf tournament, local businesses, and corporate sponsors. One hundred per cent of the net proceeds of our are donated to the Love Thy Neighbor [L.Y.N.] Fund, a local organization that provide financial assistance to women undergoing cancer treatment, and the Morton Plant Mease Mammography Voucher Program, which provides diagnostic and treatment services to uninsured and under-insured patients. All the funds are used within the Tampa Bay area.