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Mini golf family fundraiser June 9

May 30, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Lee County Homeless Coalition will host its inaugural mini golf family fundraiser at Alico Family Golf and offer a chance to win $1 million dollars with a Hole-In-One Challenge.

The Lee County Homeless Coalition has partnered with Alico Family Golf to host a one-of-a-kind fundraiser bringing families into the game of golf and offering a chance for both golfers and non-golfers to win $1 million. The Platinum sponsor for this year's inaugural event is U.S. Sugar.

The Mini Golf Fundraiser takes place from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at Alico Family Golf in Fort Myers. The event is hosted by state representatives Matt Caldwell, Ray Rodrigues, and Dane Eagle, along with Lee County commissioners Cecil Pendergrass and Brian Hamman, and Fort Myers City councilwoman Gaile Anthony.

"This year, we saw an increase in the number of homeless individuals and families, which largely can be attributed to the prolonged effects of Hurricane Irma," said Janet Bartos, executive director of the Lee County Homeless Coalition, in a prepared statement. "We have seen an increase of 257 individuals homeless because of the hurricane and a total increase of 68.91% from last year. We estimate that there are nearly 2,957 people homeless in Lee County.

Organizers invite the entire family for an afternoon and evening of fun, games, food and prizes. Tickets include a free meal and a drink, unlimited rounds of mini-golf, unlimited rounds on the nine-hole short course, unlimited buckets of golf balls for the driving range, SNAG (Start New At Golf) for kids and beginners, and more.

If you're new to golf or not sure why your swing is off, you may also participate in an open golf clinic with AFG's PGA professionals to get a few tips on how to improve your game. The $1 million Hole-In-One Challenge is open to all attendees and will be the highlight of the evening. The distance of the shot will be measured at 167 yards. A closest-to-the-hole qualifier will bring it down to three finalists to stand up to the million-dollar shot.

Kraig Feighery, founder of Alico Family Golf, said it's a great opportunity to partner with a local nonprofit agency. "Giving back to the community is one of our core values at AFG," he said. "We're excited to host and organize events that go along with our mission to grow the game of golf in all ways."

Ticket prices are as follows and can be purchased online at

Adult (in advance): $25

Adult (at the door): $30

Children under 13 (in advance): $15

Children under 13 (at the door): $20

"We are very appreciative of the support from our legislators, local elected officials, US Sugar, and our many sponsors that support our community in helping us to end homelessness in Lee County," added Amy Davies, vice chair of the Lee County Homeless Coalition board of directors. "We also want to express our sincere gratitude to Kraig Feighery for donating his facility at Alico Family Golf and for his efforts in helping us to coordinate this important event to support the homeless community. Please bring your friends and family for a day of family fun and compete for the $1,000,000 Hole-in-One Challenge."

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. All proceeds from the event benefit the Lee County Homeless Coalition.



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