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Exclusive Pro-Am Golfing Event Raises $63,900
for Junior Achievement of Sarasota/ Manatee

Sarasota, Florida – February 20, 2013 – Junior Achievement of Sarasota/Manatee’s Annual Invitational featured an exclusive Professional-Amateur (Pro-Am) golf tournament at The Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Lakewood Ranch. The event held on February 4, 2013 raised $63,900 for the non-profit organization. The invitational attracted 135 golfers, including 108 amateurs and 27 professionals. The West Florida Golf Tour Pros competed for a $4,000 purse.

The winning 1st Place Gross Score was -14 by Abbie Valentine (pro), Gary Keiper, Dan Walters, Jeff Walz and Jeff Kevauver. The winning 1st Place Net Score was -30 by Linus Gillgren (pro), Eric Hare, Mike Merrill and Joe Werba. Closest to the Pin winners were Rick Cunningham, Norb Donelly, Dave McCutcheon and Sandy Ritchie. Major sponsors were: Verizon, Sun Hydraulics, W.R. Baird & Co., DuPage and Tervis. Design sponsor was Grapevine Communications Advertising Agency.

“We look forward to this golf tournament all year long,” said Junior Achievement Board Member and Event Chair, Jay Logan, Director and Manager of Robert W. Baird & Co. “The revenue we raised will ensure that our educational programs continue to encourage students to stay in school and work toward their economic success.”

Through a network of volunteers and in partnership with the Sarasota and Manatee School Districts, Junior Achievement teaches financial literacy programs to children in grades K through 12. In 2012-2013, the program will reach more than 6,000 students in Sarasota and Manatee counties. All proceeds from the Invitational will be used to deliver these vital programs.

About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organization. The organization uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential. For more information, call 941-361-1410 or visit jasarasota.org.

Grapevine Communications, a full-service, award-winning Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations firm based in Sarasota and serving clients nationwide, was awarded the 2010 Frank G. Berlin, Sr., “Small Business of The Year” Award by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Angela Massaro-Fain at 941-351-0024 or email amf@grapeinc.com.

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