Following a tradition to give back to the community it serves, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Tampa has partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation for over 28 years to help raise funds through a Golf For Kids Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, April 28. Funds raised go to help send children and young adults and their families to Camp Boggy Creek, founded by Paul Newman.

According to local financial advisor and this year’s President Elect of NAIFA, Thomas Brophy, “Our 127 year old association represents the interest of main street America, not Wall Street.  Our clients are composed of all ages, races, sexes, religions, ethnicities, and economic strata.  In addition to providing continuing education for our members, we actively advocate for the interests of our clients in Washington DC and Tallahassee.”

The Epilepsy Services Foundation, a non-profit, serves the needs of over 16,000 children in a six country area surrounding Tampa that are affected with epilepsy. Unlike many other disabilities, epilepsy is invisible on the surface until a potentially life threatening seizure occurs. 

Executive Director at Epilepsy Services Foundation Tom Orth said, “Having an opportunity to attend Camp Boggy Creek with family members under medically supervised conditions allows afflicted children a chance to interact and enjoy a normal vacation experience.”

While the charity golf outing is directed primarily for the benefit of children, epilepsy has a profound effect on over 60,000 local citizens.

The Charity Golf Classic will take place at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place in Valrico. Registration and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with Shotgun Start at 1 p.m. Dinner follows play at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $100 per golfer or $360 for a foursome. Fees include lunch, dinner, prizes and one complementary greens fee at one of seven championship courses and more.

Sponsorships and donations for event bags or raffles also appreciated.

Submit payments and registration to ESF, 4628 North Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33603-2706, or online at For more information, call 374-8907.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.