By Brian Shaffer

Backswings, breaking putts and big prizes are just part of a plan that seeks to raise money for two important charities.

The first ever Collazo Charity Classic golf tournament is scheduled to tee off at Buckhorn Country Club on Thursday, April 10 and the proceeds generated from the event will benefit both The Children’s Miracle Network and The Spring of Tampa Bay.

“We wanted to involve them both because it lets us split the donations,” said Eddie Collazo, coordinator of the event. “The Children’s Miracle Network is doing great things, but that money might not stay local. The Spring of Tampa Bay is a local organization that helps those affected by domestic violence. They are located in Tampa, do a lot for the people of Hillsborough County and we want to make sure some of the money stays here.”

The event promises to be a memorable experience for all involved, from the participants on the links to those who will benefit from the charitable donations. For an entry fee of $75, an individual golfer will receive greens fees, cart fees, practice driving range balls, pre-event lunch and drinks, prime rib dinner, entry to win prizes for top three finishers, closest to the pin, longest drive, hole-in-one and more.

Additionally, the event represents an opportunity for businesses or individuals to get involved as a sponsor, supporting the charities involved while generating their own publicity. A variety of sponsorship options are available, ranging from sponsored teams, company tents and large banners to an individual hole sponsorship sign.

While this year’s event marks the first of its kind, Collazo hopes that it’s just the beginning.

“That’s what we’re trying to do,” he said of creating an annual tradition. “There is so much happening outside of our little bubble – children with cancer and families dealing with violence – so we want to create something special to help them on a yearly basis.”

The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 1. For an event registration form or additional information about participation or sponsorship, contact Collazo by phone at 309-0254 or via e-mail at play


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