Out­ing Epilepsy

Naples golf ben­e­fit raises aware­ness for com­mon dis­or­der

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY KLAU­DIA BALOGH Klau­dia Balogh is an ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant for TOTI Me­dia.

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.


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...

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