Walking With Anthony, the nonprofit on a mission to forever change the recovery outcome of spinal cord injury (SCI), will team up with former NFL players and legendary sports figures to host the Eighth Annual Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament & Dinner at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale on May 16. Since its inception, Walking With Anthony has raised more than $4 million for beneficiaries through offering financial grants to individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with continental breakfast and gift bags upon arrival. At 11 a.m., the Hole-in-One Competition kicks off with a Shotgun Start, with a break for barbecue lunch at 12:30 p.m. After the afternoon on the green, guests head inside for a cocktail reception, with a silent auction and surprise donation presentation. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with live entertainment and auctions, celebrity introductions, raffles, awards, and prizes to keep the fun going.
More than 200 attendees will team up with former NFL players, sports legends, and local celebrities including Jamel Dean of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dean Muhtadi of the WWE, Danny Kanell of ESPN, and former NFL players Chris Spencer and Mike Caussin.
“We have created a movement to raise awareness of the impact of spinal cord injuries, as before this, families who suffer a tragic accident like we did, had little help in navigating through overcoming the life changing event”, said Micki Purcell, Walking With Anthony’s founder. “One hundred percent of the funds raised during these annual events provide critically needed financial assistance for victims and their families for physical therapy, medical equipment, or financial assistance for rehabilitation.”
The upcoming fundraiser will also honor State Representative Chip LaMarca and Broward Children’s Center for their support of the Spinal Cord Injury Community. A surprise donation will be made to a very determined and inspiring 19-year-old high school senior who suffered a spinal cord injury.
Walking With Anthony was inspired by Anthony Purcell, a young man who became paralyzed during a tragic accident in 2010. Through determination and many years of physical therapy, Anthony can now stand with the help of a walker, go to work, and drive a car. Walking With Anthony is dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of spinal cord injuries, raising funds to provide financial assistance for victims, expanding rehabilitation centers, and supporting research relating to spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
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