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JPMF Golf Classic Exceeds Goal

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Drives Results Exceeding $64,000 for Early Childhood Education

Local residents came together for the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) “Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic” on Friday, May 1 at La Cita Golf & Country Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club. The event was sponsored by the law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. and raised more than $64,000 for The Children’s Center (TCC) in Titusville, exceeding the goal by more than $19,000.

“It is our privilege to be the presenting sponsors of this wonderful event. The Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic helps provide financial support for TCC to provide quality early childhood development programs, family education and support programs, therapy, tutoring, financial assistance for childcare and more. We’re thrilled the event exceeded its goals so more children can grow and reach their fullest potential,” said Joseph I. Zumpano, shareholder at Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A.

Nearly 220 golfers participated in the two-course tournament with all proceeds benefiting TCC, a service of Parrish Medical Center, which provides families with special needs and/or typically developing children with numerous health, therapy, education and child development programs in a single location. The annual golf tournament lives on as a tribute to Fran Gerrett’s longtime dedication to our community and his favorite charity. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management director, was famous for saying, “It’s all about the kids!”

“During the 15th anniversary of TCC, the golf classic was able to expand into two courses and raise a record amount so the children in our community can grow and develop into their fullest potential,” said Greg Sparkman, golf committee co-chair.

Special thanks to the law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. for supporting the tournament as a presenting sponsor. “Platinum” sponsors include: Medline Industries, Inc., RUSH Construction, Inc. and UBS Financial Services/Indian River Wealth Consulting Group, Susan Morse and Steve Soltesz; and The Watauga Company as lunch sponsor. The men’s first place teams include: Tim Fields, Todd Denson, Marty Gordon and Jason Snodgrass at La Cita Country Club; George Gee, Fritz Granzani, Mike Keenan and Wayne Motes at The Great Outdoors. The mixed first place teams include: Kathleen Bordeau, Ken Joseph, Pete Simons and Claudia Thomas at La Cita Country Club; Martha Hannah, Jan Henderson, Toni Thigpin and Suzanne Yarbrough at The Great Outdoors.

“Fran’s daughters, Leigh Connell, Amy Craddock and Lynn Kelly, were a tremendous support as committee members and event sponsors. It was so nice to see them continue Fran’s generous spirit as an integral part of the event success,” added Kathy Myer, golf committee co-chair and director of Women’s Services at Parrish Medical Center. Other members of the golf committee included: Dr. Anthony Allotta, Santi Bulnes, Anita Currie, Lori and Paul Duester, Tiffany Lewis, Amy Lord, Carla McRae, Katherine Musick, Esther Porta, Tina Spangler-Phillips, Tim Skeldon, Courtney Wall, Robert Wildermuth, Misty Wilson 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 Barbara Terhune, chair of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board of Directors.