(Fort Myers, Fla. – August 12, 2019) — The Heights Foundation fourth annual benefit golf tournament “Swing Fore The Kids” presented by Five County Insurance will take place on Friday, September 27 at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers. The proceeds of the event support The Heights Center’s programs that work to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. Last year’s tournament raised $26,500. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., there will be a boxed lunch, a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. and dinner, auction and awards at 6:00 p.m. The presenting sponsor is Five County Insurance.
“The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average,” said Jim Sanger, Chief Operating Officer of The Heights Foundation. “This tournament will help support programs at The Heights Center including School Success and our enriching summer camp.”
Tournament Registration is now available. A foursome is $600 and a two golfers are $300. Sponsorships that include golf packages and recognition are available. Sponsors include Entech, Baja Electric, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Capital Bank Foundation and Clinger, Sizemore and Associates. The sponsorship deadline is September 13 and golfer registration deadline is September 20. For more information visit www.heightsfoundation.org/golf or call Jim Sanger at (239) 482-7706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. GLAD Kids is a child care and pre-k center serving more than 80 children birth-five. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade and will expand to serve up to fifth grade.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.