Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club 20th Anniversary Celebration Raises $36,000 for Two Local Charities
Destin, Fla. (April 2, 2018)Â â€“ Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club announced today the three-day 20th Anniversary Celebration presented by Destin Custom Home Builders, Everglades, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Legendary Marina, Legendary Marine, Legendary Yacht Club, Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals,Â andÂ Wyndham Vacation Ownership, raised $36,000 for One Hopeful Place and Emerald Coast Honor Games.
From L to R:Â Lexi Willcoxon, Proffitt PR; Sean Lynch, Emerald Coast Honor Games; Jackie Syverson, Emerald Coast Honor Games; Nathan Monk, One Hopeful Place, Jamie Hall, Regatta Bay; Mike Giammaresi,Â Regatta Bay; Jessica Bracken, Proffitt PR.
â€œIt was a huge weekend for Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club,â€ said Dwight Lorenzen, managing partner of Regatta Bay Investors, Ltd., the owner of Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. â€œThe community at large and the homeowners of Regatta Bay came out to support in a huge way for the charities and the event itself. For those that donâ€™t live in the neighborhood, we were very excited to introduce them to both the golf and the Regatta Bay lifestyle where you can live, shop, dine, play, and never leave Regatta Bay.â€
Hosted from March 15 through March 17, at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, the 20th Anniversary Celebration event drew crowds of over 300 in support of One Hopeful Place and Emerald Coast Honor Games. The funds raised by the 20th Anniversary Celebration will provide One Hopeful Place with $27,000 to help in their endeavor to build more facilities to aid homeless and will provide $9,000 to help Emerald Coast Honor Games in raising funds for defenders of the front line.
“Being a relatively new organization, having partnerships with groups like Regatta Bay is so pivotal to our continued success at One Hopeful Place,â€ says charity director, Nathan Monk. â€œWe are honored to have been a part of their 20th Anniversary Celebration. The event was able to raise a significant amount of money to help us continue to serve those who are experiencing homelessness in Okaloosa County. These dollars translate into lives that will be dramatically transformed through job placement and housing.”
The celebratory weekend began with the Parade of Homes and Champagne Toast on Thursday, March 15, in which guests were greeted at the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club front gate with a punch card and map to tour four of Destin Custom Home Buildersâ€™ beautiful homes. After visiting each home and having their card punched, attendees then headed to the clubhouse of Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, where the Champagne Toast and celebration continued. Guests were joined by area chambers, the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club team, and other community members for light bites and libations by the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, and live music by David Seering. Those who successfully visited all of the homes earlier in the evening with a full punch card, or those who donated $100 to the charities, were entered to win a plethora of lavish prizes including a spa gift certificate to The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, a three-night stay at a luxurious home in Destin Pointe, rounds of golf at Regatta Bay, and more.
On Friday, March 16, guests were invited to the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club Celebrity Pro Am Live Auction. Held outside on the driving range in a lavishly decorated tent by Gulf Coast Tents, the night was highlighted by photos by Tre Cole Photography and videography by Land Air Sea Productions, food and drinks by Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, and live music by the renowned ten-piece brass band, Masterpiece. Upon entry to the event, golf players were invited to pick gift packages from Callaway for participating in the tournament. A draft auction hosted by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerceâ€™s President, Ted Corcoran, set celebrities and pro-golfers up to join playersâ€™ teams for the Celebrity Pro Am Golf Tournament being held the next day. Celebrities included two-time major champion professional PGA golfer, John Daly, former MLB second baseman and major league hall of famer, Bill Mazeroski, former MLB player, Greg Litton, former NFL player, Harold Green, former U.S. Open champion, Jerry Pate, Big Break winner, Jimmy Brandt, former NFL linebacker, Keith Brooking, FedEx Executive VP, Mike Glenn, former NFL player, Ruffin Hamilton, former NFL player Sterling Sharpe, former MLB first baseman, Todd Helton, former CFB head coach, Tommy Tuberville, former NFL player, Victor Green, along with local radio personality Marty Stanovich, Regatta Bay Golf Course designer Bob Walker, and local pros Ashton Crowe, Chris Burns, Mike Giammaresi, Chris Speight, and Trey Carrol.
The celebratory weekend ended with the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club 20th Anniversary Celebration Celebrity Pro Am Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 17. Over 200 members of the local community, including celebrities, joined together to participate in the charity golf tournament as sponsors, tournament players, food and beverage providers, and volunteers. Throughout the course, golfers enjoyed libations and food including drinks by Coyote Ugly, gumbo by Crab Trap, drinks by Destin Custom Home Builders, drinks by Destin Luxury Real Estate & Rental and Rock Mortgage, the infamous 30A Beach Blonde beer by Grayton Beer Company, Bloody Marys by The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, margaritas by Luluâ€™s Destin, snacks and drinks by Peopleâ€™s First Insurance, Bloody Marys by Ruthâ€™s Chris Steak House, Bloody Marys by Sunset Bay CafÃ©, and tacos by Surf Hut.
â€œWhat an amazing weekend! I was taken aback by the support from Regatta Bay members and the community who came out this weekend to support two wonderful charities,â€ says Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club Head Professional, Mike Giammaresi. â€œI cannot say enough about how lucky we are here at Regatta Bay. We have an amazing golf course and a community that really shines for an event of this magnitude. There was an exciting atmosphere all weekend across the property; it made for a fun experience that will be remembered all year long. An event like this does not happen without the support of amazing sponsors, incredibly gracious celebrities, and a first-class staff. They all were an absolute privilege to work with, and I look forward to showcasing our venue for future events.â€
The Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club would like to give a special thanks to sponsors who made the event possible. Eagle sponsors: Destin Custom Home Builders, Everglades, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Legendary Marina, Legendary Marine, Legendary Yacht Club, Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals,Â andÂ Wyndham Vacation Ownership; Birdie Sponsors: Hooters and Northwest Florida Daily News; Par Sponsors: Eddie Wiggins, Harris Business Machines, Jimmy Fell, Peopleâ€™s First Insurance, Phillips Energy, Inc., Progressive Management of America, Inc., and Step One Automotive; Hole Sponsors: Club Car, Core Links Surgical, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Destin Luxury Real Estate & Rental, Dixielectricar, Dr. Nathan Hall, Emerald Coast Oncology & Hematology Associates PA Dr. Henry Hsiang, GolfNow, Grayton Beer Company, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Harbor Docks, Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, iPerformance Center, JD Sweeney Corp, Jerryâ€™s Concrete & Site Contractors, Krueger, Fosdyk & Associates of Merrill Lynch, LuLuâ€™s Destin, Peopleâ€™s First Insurance, Regatta Bay Way, Rock Mortgage, Rodgers-Kiefer Title, Ruthâ€™s Chris Steak House, Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House, SRE Real Estate, Step One Automotive Group, Sunset Bay Cafe, Surf Hut, The Crab Trap, The Fish House, Versatex, Warren Averett, and Wendy Morton of SRE Real Estate; Team Sponsors: Affordable Home Insurance, AVX, Callaway, Clark Partington, Club Car, Coca Cola, Crab Island Cantina, Destin Commons, Emerald Grande, Harbor Docks, Jerry Pate Company, Lewis Bear, McGovern, Oâ€™Dell & Associates of Merrill Lynch, and Synovus Bank.