‘Celebration of Caring Golf Classic’ to raise funds for children of La Paz
The “Celebration of Caring Golf Classic” is teeing off to raise funds for HOPE worldwide-Bolivia and its work with the charitable arm of Hospital Arco Iris. The medical outreach provides much-needed healthcare to street children, orphans and other impoverished individuals in La Paz, Bolivia.
Joe Vogel, a member of the Professional Golf Association, and women’s golf coach at Florida International University, will direct the golf classic Nov. 18, at Weston Hills Golf Club, Weston.
Teams will compete for awards and prizes in a fun-filled day devoted to raising funds for children. A post-play luncheon will feature several guests of honor, including T.J. Vogel, who will attend a meet and greet. Vogel is a PGA Tour professional from South Florida, a 2013 Master’s participant and 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion.
Bolivia is the poorest South American country, and children under age 5 will die 10 times more often there than in industrialized countries. In La Paz, more than 30,000 children live in the streets, often begging and stealing to survive.
The classic was created to support the Hospital Arco Iris medical outreach partnership, which has improved healthcare largely through mobile medical units that provided more than 80,000 visits to the streets of La Paz, amounting to roughly $1.4 million in free healthcare.
The hospital also provided 175,000 consultations - 60 percent with children and 90 percent with the poor.
Dr. Kevin Broyles and wife, Noelle, a South Florida native, will also speak at the luncheon. The Broyles sold their medical practice and moved to La Paz to work for HOPE worldwide - Bolivia, which joined forces with the Arco Iris Foundation in 2011 to support the street children of La Paz.
The Arco Iris Foundation started Hospital Arco Iris was founded in La Paz in 1994 by Father Jose Neuenhofer whose mission was to meet the basic needs of homeless children. In addition to the hospital, the foundation has nine orphanages and day care centers.
A silent auction, during the luncheon, will feature works by Roberto Mamani Mamani, one of Bolivia’s most highly recognized artists.
At a “Celebration of Caring” fundraiser last year, paintings by the renowned artist raised $25,000, and supporters of the inaugural “Celebration of Caring Golf Classic” hope to raise even more this year.
Handcrafted, native items made by the children of La Paz will also be available for purchase. Sponsorships are still available.
Supporters can sponsor a team and play in the tournament, make a charitable donation or attend the luncheon and learn more about this international effort.
For information, visit www. CelebrationOfCaring.com.
Art Colson, left, Andrew Fuentes, Paul Franson, Joe Vogel, Stephen Mitchell and Jamie Vogel
The mobile units of Hospital Arco Iris provided more than 80,000 medical visits to the streets last year, providing care for the 30,000 children who live there.
Staff at Hospital Arco Iris in La Paz, Bolivia.
Noelle Broyles, left, and Dr. Kevin Broyles