Golfers Tee Off To Help Families Battling Pediatric Cancer

Having unveiled just this past February, the Jessica Rose Foundation, Inc. is persevering on the behalf of families battling pediatric cancer, announcing the 2010 Jessica Rose Foundation Golf Tournament.
Golfers and lovers of the sport are invited out to the golf scramble, taking place on Saturday, October 2, at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, located at 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. The day will begin with registration at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow, and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Those who decide to hit the greens will receive range balls and tees, a boxed lunch, a golfer’s gift bag and participant gifts, raffle tickets, a dinner reception, attendance to the live auction and awards ceremony, entry to contests and on-course water, soda and juice.
Being held to further the charity’s mission to aid families with children who are undergoing treatment, the tourney is hoped to register a total of 144 players through which a grand sum of $10,000 is expected to be raised. Since its inception, the nonprofit has assisted four families. “A successful event means we can help that many more,” states founder and FishHawk resident Maureen Massari, hoping to soon sign-up another four families who are part of a waiting list consisting of 10 families. Each family is provided up to $1,000 in support, whether it is in gift cards, medical costs or travel expenses incurred by treatments.
“Most people don’t realize how many families in our area are dealing with pediatric cancer…Our community was incredibly supportive throughout our two-year journey,” states Massari, having lost her daughter, Jessica Rose, 6, in February of 2009 after battling neuroblastoma stage IV. “Although there are a number of local nonprofit organizations that provide help in different ways, there’s still not enough support. Being able to ease some of the financial burden the families face is the least we can do, and it’s our way of giving back.”
Sponsors of the event include Sammy Sullivan Charities (Sponsor of Hope), Hillsboro Bank, Best Buy, The Catering Company, Dynamic Painting, The Waiting Game, Brandon Family Medical, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bloomingdale Chiropractic and SunGard.
Individual players pay $110 to golf, while foursomes pay $400. “This event will be a day of fun and excitement with great prizes…By the way, there are big screen TVs to televise games, so no excuses! Come on out and have some fun for a great cause!” concludes Massari.
For more information, e-mail maureen@jessicarosefoundation.org, visit www.jessicarosefoundation.org or call 451-6544.