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Teeing It Up For Charity

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers Foundation Raises Over $50,000 at Golf Classic

Over 160 Guests Attended Inaugural Event presented by Hyundai

Panthers defenseman Magnus Johansson (center) and his foursome took home first place in the scramble as the group shot a 55 at the Weston Hills Country Club (Denis Bancroft)
SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers Foundation raised over $50,000 at their Inaugural Golf Classic presented by Hyundai on Monday, Jan. 14 at Weston Hills Country Club. Over 160 guests attended the sold-out event which featured fans teeing it up with Florida Panthers players, coaches and broadcasters. The Inaugural Golf Classic was additionally sponsored by IKEA, Sziro Jewelry, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Dr. Steven D. Gelbard, M.D., P.A.

The Inaugural Golf Classic began with a 10:30 shotgun tee off on the Tour Course at Weston Hills Country Club. Each foursome was joined by a Panthers player, coach or broadcaster and throughout the day each guest enjoyed gourmet catering and beverages on each hole of the course.

“I am proud to announce that our Inaugural Golf Classic presented by Hyundai raised over $50,000,” said Executive Director Alaina Miller. “The Inaugural Golf Classic was an outstanding event and I would like to thank the entire Florida Panthers team for their support of this event. Additionally, I would like to thank Weston Hills Country Club and their exceptional staff for hosting this event. Of course, this event would not have been as successful without the generous support of our sponsors and fans. We look forward to the same level of support for our 3rd Annual Ice & Dice Casino Night presented by Publix Super Markets on February 28.”

Inaugural Golf Classic Highlights
 Classic Snapshots
Top 3 Groups
(Panther Player)
1. Magnus Johansson
2. Tanner Glass
3. Jay Bouwmeester
“On behalf of the South Florida Hyundai Dealers Association, we are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Inaugural Florida Panthers Foundation Golf Classic,” said Rick Case of the South Florida Hyundai Dealers Association. “The event was a huge success and we are already looking forward to next year's tournament.”

The Florida Panthers Foundation is currently underway with planning the 3rd Annual Ice & Dice Casino Night, presented by Publix Super Markets. This event, which is the signature fundraising event of the 2007-08 season, is being held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa on Thursday, February 28 from 7 – 11 p.m. Sponsorships are still available, for more information, please call (954) 835-7715.

For more information about Panthers Foundation please contact Alaina Miller at (954) 835-7730 or

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has been named as a preferred beneficiary of the Florida Panthers Foundation. The hospital will receive $500 from the Foundation for every Panthers goal scored at the BankAtlantic Center during the 2007-08 season.

Over the past year the Florida Panthers Foundation has donated funds to the following organizations:  The Andy Roddick Foundation, the Transplant Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Goldie’s Gang, Deliver the Dream and the Jewish National Fund.

Additionally, the Florida Panthers Foundation has donated Florida Panthers game tickets and auction items including team-signed jerseys and sticks and Zamboni rides to various South Florida charities. Recipients include: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Broward County, American Cancer Society, JAFCO, Homestead Air Reserve, Soref JCC, Kids in Distress, American Jewish Community, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Rock and Wrap It Up!.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 15 worldwide venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented by BankAtlantic and two monthly South Florida publications: Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.
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