The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) “Fran Gerrett Memorial
Golf Classic 2012,” held on December 8, 2012, at Sherwood Golf Club
in Titusville, raised more than $22,000. Proceeds benefit The Children's
Center (TCC) in Titusville, which annually serves nearly 2,500 special
needs and typically developing children.
“JPMF has been supporting TCC since its inception in 2000. This golf
tournament helps provide financial support for TCC so the children in
our community can grow and develop to their fullest potential,”
said Greg Sparkman, golf committee cochair.
Medline Industries was the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Other
event sponsors included: Coastal Ambulance, golf towel sponsor; MedFast
Urgent Care Centers, Inc., hat sponsor; “Executive” sponsors
TeamHealth Emergency Medicine and Roche Diagnostics; and “Corporate”
sponsors Boggs Gases, Bott-Anderson Partners, Inc., Carmona Pathology
Associates, P.A., Florida Bracing Centers, Inc., Graphic Press, KCI, La
Cita Country Club, MetLife, Nabil Itani, D.O., Sego’s Home Medical
Equipment, Space Coast Radiology Associates, and The Watauga Company.
More than 130 golfers participated in the tournament, which was named in
memory of former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director
Fran Gerrett. “Fran was so generous and one of the biggest supporters
of The Children’s Center. It was only fitting that our annual golf
tournament be renamed in his honor,” said Kathy Myer, cochair of
the golf committee and director of Women’s Services at Parrish Medical Center.
“Fran’s daughters, Leigh Connell, Amy Craddock and Lynn Kelly,
joined the committee and were a tremendous help. It was so nice to see
them continue Fran’s generous spirit,” added Myer.
The first place men’s team was Wayne Aills, Mike Colman, Tuffy Threlkeld
and Harold Todd. The first place women’s team was Lorna Adams, Martha
Hannah, Mary Jane Thompson, and Suzanne Yarbrough. The first place mixed
team was Scott Charron, Jason Guptill, Claudine Mogg and Karen Moore.
Door prizes for attendees were donated by many local businesses such as
Airpark Golf Academy, El Leoncito, Titusville Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Pumpernickel’s
Delicatessen and many more. Lunch was donated by La Cita Country Club.
Ryan Minthorn was the lucky winner of the ball drop hosted by the Brevard
County Sheriff’s Office. He was presented with a check for $1,000.
Other members of the golf committee included: Dr. Anthony Allotta, Santi
Bulnes, Lori and Paul Duester, Randa Itani, Greg Phillips, Tina Spangler-Phillips,
Tim Skeldon, and Suzanne Yarbrough.
“We’d like to thank all our sponsors, participants, committee
members, and volunteers who helped us exceed our goal and make this event
a huge success for the children in our community,” said Chris Broome,
chairman of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board of Directors.
Shown on The Children's Center playground (L-R) are: Greg Sparkman,
golf committee cochair; Lori Duester, The Children’s Center manager;
ball drop winner Ryan Minthorn and family; and Kathy Myer, golf committee cochair.