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Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Children's Center with Sell Out Crowd

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 5, 2021)—More than 70 sponsors, 58 teams, 227 players and dozens of volunteers participated in the annual two-course Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 16 at La Cita Country Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club.

The 18-hole scramble was co-presented by the law firm of Zumpano Patricios and the Indian River Wealth Management Group at UBS Wealth Management USA. The event exceeded its fundraising goal of $60,000 and raised more than $90,000 for The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

The annual golf tournament lives on as a tribute to Fran Gerrett’s longtime dedication to our community and his favorite charity, The Children’s Center. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director, was famous for saying, “It’s all about the kids!”

“I am honored to continue my father’s legacy of giving to the children through his love of golf. We are grateful for the support of the sponsors, players and volunteers that contribute to the success of this annual event,” stated Leigh Spradling, Fran’s daughter and golf committee member.

“It is incredibly humbling to be able to announce a record-breaking, sold-out year after the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s tournament. We are deeply grateful to the community and all involved for helping us assure the continued success of the programs and services offered through The Children’s Center,” said JPMF Executive Director and Parrish Healthcare Senior Vice President Natalie Sellers.

Event partners included Presenting sponsors Zumpano Patricios and the Indian River Wealth Management Group at UBS Wealth Management USA; Platinum-level sponsor HHS; and Gold-level sponsors were Injury Centers of Brevard; PuroClean Disaster Services; RUSH Construction, Inc.; and W & J Construction Corporation. Silver-level sponsors included Batson-Cook Company; CSI Leasing, Inc.; Florida Power & Light; Regions Bank; and The Watauga Company. Bronze-level sponsors were Anderson Financial Partners, Inc.; Architects RZK, Inc.; Atlantic Business Systems; The Broome Law Firm/Chris & Kelley Broome; Certified Plumbing of Brevard, Inc.; Coastal Ambulance Services; Randy and Mary Coleman; Comprehensive Pharmacy Services; CP Rankin Inc. Roofing Experts; Florida Today/LOCALiQ; MEC Contractors Engineers; MedFast Urgent Care Centers; Phigenics; Schwenn Services & Contracting; N. Christine Sylvester; and Bill and Rachel Terry. The lunch sponsor was Firehouse Subs at Titus landing. In-kind sponsors were Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Dixie Crossroads; Duran Golf Club; el Leoncito Restaurant; Fairfield Inn & Suites Titusville Kennedy Space Center; Island Guys Detailing; Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; La Cita Country Club; Orleans Bar & Bistro; Pier 220; River Lanes; The Great Outdoors Golf Club; Valiant Air Command, Inc./Warbird Museum; and World of Golf Hall of Fame. Other generous sponsors were recognized at the tournament.

“Our sincerest thanks go out to the community and corporate partners who helped make this event possible. The success of this year’s event would not have been possible without their partnerships,” said tournament co-chair, Greg Sparkman.

Taking home top honors were the men’s division first-place teams of Justin Edens, Mark Hudgins, Joey Jones and Mike Lakin at La Cita Country Club and Ray Fackler, Luis Mejia, Todd Stahl and Fred Wilson at The Great Outdoors. The mixed division first-place teams included players Amy Craddock, Brant Craddock, Michael Hogue and Jason Lanthorne at La Cita and Jackie Brown, Craig Dallas and Laura Ragan at The Great Outdoors. The foursome of Claire Charron, Patti Johnson, Kathy Myer and Jeanne O’Bryan took top women’s division honors at La Cita.

The golf classic is organized by community leaders and volunteers and led by event co-chairs Kathy Myer and Greg Sparkman. Other members of the golf committee include Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Vaneesha Greco, Jeff Riley, Leigh Spradling, Kristina Weaver and Suzanna Yarbrough.

For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, or to secure your 2022 event partnership today, please call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit