Naples golf benefit raises awareness for common disorder
Asummer golf tournament in Naples brought attention to a health issue that has limited public awareness and is little understood by medical professionals. Owners of Rusty’s Raw Bar & Grill in Naples hosted the Aug. 22 Golfing for Rusty’s outing at The Club at the Strand golf course to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. The event raised important funding and awareness of the nervecell disorder often causing seizures.
Rusty’s co-owner Lauren Dvorsky reports the tourney raised more than $18,000. “We exceeded expectations by having more participants, prize donations and hole sponsorships than expected,” she says.
Established in 1971, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida today serves an estimated 375,000 Floridians. Its mission is to fund research and tackle challenges that come with a disorder affecting some 3 million Americans.
Sunny weather complemented the successful day for 120 golfers and 20 volunteers at the Naples golf course. Joanne Bowsman, the Foundation’s director of development, was representing the Miami headquarters. “The event had a big effect on both participants and general attendees,” she says, noting that one of 26 Americans live with epilepsy. “Most people don’t realize how common epilepsy is, and we were able bring it to people’s attention.”
Tournament proceeds—admission fees, sponsorships, raffles and silent auctions—―help fund case management in Florida, social and medical services, prevention and education. “We had a plethora of gifts and prizes donated,” says Dvorsky, noting examples such as golf bags, foodie certificates, an autographed New York Yankees jersey and team photograph and a Key West Express package were contributed. “What made the event more personal and the cause more real was that attendees with epilepsy were also there showing their support,” Bowsman says.
RUSTY’S CO-OWNER LAUREN DVORSKY REPORTS THE TOURNEY RAISED MORE THAN $18,000.
Clockwise from top left: Jessica Stricker (left) and Lauren Dvorsky at player sign in. Tournament foursomes included Dante DiSabato, Matt Query, Rance Fulks and Brett Jones. Helping raise funding for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida were Salvatore...