Golfers step up to swing for 2 South Florida charities

By Gary Curreri

Sun Sentinel Correspondent

Jul 02, 2021 10:50 AM

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The 27th annual Ed Morse MDA Golf Classic raised a record amount with $304,740.

The 27th annual Ed Morse MDA Golf Classic raised a record amount with $304,740. (Ed Morse Golf Classic/Courtesy/Contributor)

Two golf tournaments raised in excess of $402,000 recently for South Florida charities.

On June 7, the Ed Morse Automotive Group, headquartered in Delray Beach, had its 27th annual Ed Morse MDA Golf Classic and raised a record amount of $304,740.

That total put them over the nearly $3.1 million raised during the 27 years of the tournament.

“We are incredibly honored by the outpouring of support by our sponsors and players in making our 27th annual golf tournament for MDA a record-breaking success,” Ed Morse Automotive Group chairman and CEO Teddy Morse said. “It’s a company tradition to rally around the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its mission of research, care and advocacy for over 300,000 children and adults living in the United States with muscular dystrophy, ALS and over 40 neuromuscular diseases.”

This year’s record amount exceeded the previous record of $262,070 set in 2019.

A total of 116 golfers played in the event at The Club at Weston Hills, the third time the tournament has taken place there.

The tournament took 16 years to raise the first $1 million and it took a total of 23 years to get over the $2 million. Now it has raised over $1 million in the past four years.

Inaugural tourney raises donations for Epilepsy Florida

Epilepsy Florida had its inaugural Construction & Real Estate Development Golf Tournament recently at the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach to support those impacted by epilepsy and seizures in the community.

The sold-out tournament, with co-chairpersons Epilepsy Florida board member Adam Adache and his wife, Monica Adache, attracted 145 golfers and raised over $98,000.

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Epilepsy Florida is the principal agency for epilepsy programs and services sponsored by the state, servicing an estimated 426,000 Floridians who live with the condition.

“It was an honor to have some of the largest and most distinguished companies in the industry here to support us,” said Adam Adache. “The turnout definitely exceeded my expectations, and the day was an absolute blast.”

Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of scramble golf tournament play. Activities included: Hire-a-Pro, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and awards for first-, second- and third-place foursomes. Participants were also treated to attractions, such as hand-rolled cigars and a 50/50 raffle drawing. The event concluded with a formal dinner and silent auction.

Sean Stepleton, Todd Middlebrook, Danny Kanell and Matt Cava took first place in the tournament, while Ryan McDonald, John Hackett, Perry Owen and Patrick Gunther finished second. Joy Carter, Jeff Booker, Nicholas Beaufrand and Michael Bander placed third.

Other winners included Ladies’ Closest to the Pin: Heather Parnass; Ladies’ Long Drive: Jacqueline Cruz; Men’s Closest to the Pin: Jeff Seltzer; Men’s Long Drive: Ryan Howard; and Hole-in-One: Nicholas Beaufrand.

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