Twosome promotes parties with a purpose


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Judy DeAngelis, left, and Eloise Lynagh will make sure members of the community have a good time at the Oct. 23 and 24 Swing for Charity dual events at Duran Golf Club.

Photo by Linda Wiggins

When revelers savor chicken Marsala or tender stuffed baked flounder on the eve of the Swing for Charity Golf Tournament, they’ll be doing more than having fun.

Viera Woman’s Club duo event organizers Judy DeAngelis and Eloise Lynagh will see to that. The Oct. 23 and 24 annual celebration has paired up with the Viera Elks Lodge 2817 for the first time to amplify the impact of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs group with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks club.

“We try to get our members involved in doing things for a good cause and to have a good time at the same time. There is such a camaraderie of women getting together. I’ve made a lot of friends and connections in the community,” DeAngelis said. “This is one of our many various events that those of us with significant others can enjoy together, so it made sense to partner with the Elks who will do the same on this, and we will partner on their upcoming tournament.” 

The “Par Tee” is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at Tradewinds restaurant at Duran Golf Club in Viera for golfers and non-golfers to enjoy the buffet and libations, live music by Pearl Joy & Howard, a $1,000 helicopter ball drop, gift basket auction and good-natured smack talk about the following day’s game.

The scramble-format tournament at Duran begins Saturday with 11 a.m. registration and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and includes hole-in-one prizes like $10,000 and a golf cart, golf ball launcher, putting and chipping contests, dinner and flighted awards.

For Lynagh, admittedly “one of those cat ladies,” it’s about joining together as a group to create a larger impact on the lives of those less fortunate, including all manner of humans and animals.

“I find it immensely rewarding, like I am blessed to be giving back to the community,” said Lynagh, whose sweet rescue pit mix rules the roost, so the Viera resident expands her own backyard by feeding the feral cat colonies that call the Shoppes at Lake Andrew in Viera’s parking lot home.

“Children who are fed do better in school, then they have a shot at changing their lives and breaking their family’s cycle of poverty,” Lynagh said of one of the three charities the dual event supports, The Children’s Hunger Project.

Same with the Hacienda Girls’ Ranch, but “that has an added element for us women because we know the importance of feeling like someone truly cares about you, and that’s what we try to give them. It raises your self esteem and makes you less vulnerable to being led down the wrong path.”

The third charity has a two-part benefit. Canine Companions for Independence is a great animal charity, while its Wounded Veterans Initiative allows the well trained Lab/golden retriever mixes to restore life function and emotional health to our country’s injured heroes, Lynagh said.

For more information or to register, go to gfwcvierawomansclub.com or call Duran at 321-504-7776.