One hundred golfers teed off on Monday, April 12 at the Jack Nicklaus designed Banyan Cay Resort & Golf in West Palm Beach for Hanley Foundation’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic. The “Monday After the Masters” benefit raised nearly $250,000 that will go directly to the Foundation’s Lifesaver Scholarship Program, which provides crucial access to quality treatment for those suffering from addiction.
The annual outdoor benefit began with remarks from Hanley Foundation’s CEO Jan Cairnes and Chief Development Officer Turner Benoit, who thanked this year’s leadership including Co-Chairs Nancy Caraboolad, Virginia Mortara and Nellie Benoit. Honorary chairs included Gary Harris and Suzanne Holmes.
“Thank you all for being here today to support Hanley Foundation,” said Turner Benoit. “It’s great to see so many familiar faces in person again. In one way or another, COVID-19 has impacted countless people over the past year. And, it has been especially difficult for those in recovery. As of January, Palm Beach County overdoses have risen by 30 percent, and calls to Hanley Foundation for scholarship support have more than tripled. That’s why it is especially significant this year that all proceeds go toward our treatment scholarship program. Because of your participation in today’s tournament, you are helping us save lives.”
Hanley Foundation supporters, event chairs and the Foundation’s Board of Directors rallied around this year’s increased need for lifesaving treatment support within Palm Beach County. Adhering to all COVID-19 safety precautions, the Foundation held its first in-person event since last year prior to the pandemic. Garnering nearly $250,000 in support, the 2021 Golf Classic turned out to be the Foundation’s most successful golf tournament to date.
Mrs. Benoit, who celebrated a special birthday during the tournament, and her team including Scilla Smith, Mari Frankel and Liza Calhoun won the “Lowest Net” score. In addition, the “Lowest Gross” score winners included Drew D’Alessandro, Albert Kurtz, Ahmed Rashwan and Terry Macho.
Sponsors for the 2021 Golf Classic included Double Eagle Sponsor: Origins Behavioral HealthCare, LLC; Eagle Sponsor: Hanley Family Foundation; Birdie Sponsor: Anne and Matt Hamilton; BRC Recovery; Cumberland Heights; FHE Health; Futures of Palm Beach; Guardian Recovery Network; Judy and Fritz Van der Grift; Nancy and Geoff Caraboolad; Nellie Benoit; M&T Bank | Wilmington Trust; Stoops Family; Teneo Capital Management; Virginia Mortara; Hospitality Cart Sponsor: A.Z. Pannill; Integrity Medical Billing; Pike & Lustig, LLP – Trial Attorneys; Par Sponsor: Family First Adolescent Services; Goldman Sachs; Marguerite Connelly; Patti Petersen; Tee Sign Sponsor: Suzanne Holmes; Silent Auction Underwriting: Critton, Luttier & Coleman; Pro Golf Polo Shirts Underwriter: Joe Considine, P.A.; Golf Ball Underwriter: The Harris Land Company; Longest Drive Prize Underwriter: Greg Etimos; and Media Sponsor: ESPN West Palm Beach.
Hanley Foundation envisions a world free of addiction, leading the way as the largest provider of educational programs that prevent underage drinking in the State of Florida. In addition to offering treatment scholarships to those in need and facilitating trainings to identify the signs of substance misuse, the Foundation works to reduce stigma and change policy through its advocacy efforts.
For more information on Hanley Foundation or to donate, please visit HanleyFoundation.org.