‘Celebration of Car­ing Golf Clas­sic’ to raise funds for chil­dren of La Paz

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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

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