Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida to Host 17th Annual Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 12, 2012) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida (BBBSNEFL) will host the 17th Annual Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic Nov. 2, 2012 at Amelia River Golf Club in Amelia Island. The event is held annually in Nassau County in memory of William Reginald Hunt, Jr., a former Fernandina Beach High School student athlete and six-year participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida in Nassau County.
As a donor-funded organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters in Nassau County relies on private donations and community support to continually enrich the lives of children facing adversity. Programs focus on educational achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors such as juvenile delinquency, higher self-esteem, confidence and the ability to relate to others.
“We take pride in the work we do for the youth in Northeast Florida,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida CEO Warren Grymes. “This golf tournament is especially meaningful because it not only highlights the life of a talented young man, but allows us to strengthen our efforts and reinforce our mission to provide children with strong, enduring relationships.”
The tournament format will be a traditional captain’s choice with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch and dinner served to participants.
Following the tournament, an evening reception will be held onsite with prizes being awarded for low gross and low net scores. Prizes will also be given to the top three teams who raise the most money for BBBSNEFL and carry the lowest net score. The tournament will also feature longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one contests.
Big Brothers Big Sisters in Nassau County is pleased to acknowledge the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office as its presenting sponsor and Rick Keffer Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep as its hole-in-one sponsor.
Previous sponsors and supporters of the golf classic include: KK Marketing, Rayonier/TerraPointe Services, First Coast Community Bank, Amelia Islander, Mixed Media, Wal-Mart, Steve Borusovic, Rep. Aaron Bean, The Golf Club at North Hampton, Gillette and Associates, Charles Litrico, Ron Philos’ School of Golf and friends of Tom Oden.
“Through the support of our sponsors, we can provide for children in need as well as brighten their outlook on success in school and in life,” said Grymes. “We encourage more local businesses to support our efforts through sponsorships or forming a team so that we can continue to help motivate and empower our youth.”
For more information about the 17th Annual Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic, to register your team or become a sponsor, please contact Rainey Crawford, Nassau County Area Manager, at (904) 261-9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Reggie Hunt
William Reginald Hunt, Jr. was a participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast program for six years as the Little Brother of Cyril Traeye. Throughout his young life, Reggie gave love and value to his family and community. He participated in the Neighborhood Youth Crime Prevention Program and received honorary awards in the Nassau County DARE Program under the direction of Tommy Seagraves, Sheriff of Nassau County.
Reggie found his true calling when he began playing his most beloved sport, football. He was a lineman on the Fernandina Beach High School varsity football team and hoped to one day play in college and “put Fernandina on the map.” He planned on returning home after his football career to give back to his community.
Reggie was tragically killed in a gardening accident on August 10, 1996. Everyone fortunate enough to have known him has been left with a positive imprint in his or her heart.
He was planning to play in a Golf Marathon fundraiser later that month, so in order to honor this remarkable young man, Executive Director Chip Wood launched the initial Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic to benefit the children in Nassau County who want or need a mentor.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
Since 1915, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida (BBBSNEFL) has been impacting lives of children in our community through the power of one-to-one relationships. Covering Duval, Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and Volusia counties, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida provides mentors to nearly 1,500 children each year. As a member of the Large Agency Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida is the 7th largest agency in the Southeast region and the 3rd largest in Florida. BBBSNEFL operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer at www.bbbsnefl.org.