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22nd Annual FGCU Founder's Cup Nets $80,000 for Scholarships and Programs

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The sun and the spirit of generosity were shining on Oct. 11, as Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) celebrated the 22nd annual Founder's Cup golf tournament at Pelican's Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs.

The annual fundraiser for the FGCU Foundation netted more than $80,000 for student scholarships and scientific, educational and charitable programs related to the mission of the University that are not supported by state funds. One of FGCU's most successful single-day fundraisers, the tournament has raised more than $1.2 million since its inception.

"The Founder's Cup is a great day for FGCU, and this year's event was another success," said Chris Simoneau, executive director of the Foundation and vice president for University Advancement. "Not only does it honor the visionaries who led the charge for the University in Southwest Florida, but it also is a significant financial contributor to helping the University support students, faculty and staff in doing great work. FGCU appreciates the support of our many sponsors, especially those who come through year after year."

More than 200 golfers on 52 teams played the Tom Fazio-designed golf courses at Pelican's Nest. Following tournament play, they returned to the clubhouse to enjoy a dinner buffet, bid on donated silent-auction packages and receive awards for their play.

Low gross on the Gator Course was Office Furniture & Design Concepts. Low gross on the Hurricane Course was Coleman, Hazzard & Taylor, P.A.

Major sponsors of this year's tournament were: Service Painting Florida, shirts; Estero Bay Chevrolet, hole-in-one; Johnson Controls, pin; Arthrex, driving range; United Mechanical, hats; B&I Contractors Inc., golf carts; Manhattan Kraft Construction, luncheon; Wright Construction, reception; Taylor Rental of Naples, photographs; Maddox Construction Co., scorecard; Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings, beverage cart.

For more information, contact Kelley Reyff at (239) 590-1074.

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