Veterans, children and teens win as golfers Swing for Charity


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The Wings of Grace helicopter drops the golf balls.

The Viera Woman's Club cleared more than $10,000 in its Swing for Charity golf tournament at Duran Golf Club Nov. 4 and Par-TEE dinner party afterward at the Tradewinds Restaurant. The General Federation of Women's Clubs affiliate split the funds between National Veteran’s Homeless Support Inc., The Children’s Hunger Project and Hacienda Girls’ Ranch.

“It was such a fun day for golfers,” said Judy DeAngelis, co-chair of the event with Eloise Lynaugh. “Prizes, prizes, prizes! Dixon Golf manned two holes providing players with challenges for charity. We also had a hole-in-one contest with a golf cart as a prize from GolfCarts Unlimited. Players could compete in a putt and chip contest as well, won by Steve Ochs. Golfers showed off skills at the closest-to-the-pin contests as well. We had great trophies and cash for winning teams.”

Dan Kennedy from Wiginton Fire Systems takes his shot in the Putt Challenge.DJ Al Foppiano provided dinner and dance music on the patio, while attendees bid on baskets and silent auction items donated by club members and the community.

“Probably the most exciting part of the event was the Helicopter Ball Drop,” Lynaugh said. “Wings of Grace Ministries provided the helicopter fly-by for guests on the patio and then the nearly 300 golf balls were dropped, with Susan McKeown winning the $1,000 prize. 

Corporate sponsor at $500 was Wiginton Fire Systems. Executive hole sponsors donating $250 were Deborah Tomczak at Viera Realty, Market Street of Viera Memory Care, Rider Wealth Management/Raymond James, Suntree Internal Medicine/ Dr. Hardoon, The Viera Company and Florida Eye Associates. Hole Sponsors at $150 were Corinthian Kitchens and Bath, Functionally Fit, Green Pastures Landscape, Hansen’s Handyman Service, Jack Masucci Jewelers and Mike Erdman Motors. 

Viera Woman's Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Monday of the month at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center, 8298 N. Wickham Road in Viera.

For more information, go to gfwcvierawomansclub.com, email gfwcvierawc@gmail.com or call 321-735-4193.