Junior Achievement to Host 10th Annual Invitational Pro-Am Golfing Event at Ritz-Carlton Members Club

SSARASOTA, FL – January 26, 2012 – Junior Achievement Manatee/Sarasota, a local chapter of the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organization, announced that its 10th Annual Invitational will feature an exclusive Professional-Amateur (Pro-Am) Golfing Event on Monday, February 20, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Lakewood Ranch. All proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement Manatee/Sarasota, and every team will be paired with a professional golfer. Pros involved so far include Paul Azinger, Robert Gamez, Brittany Lincicome and Tony Jacklin.

The Pro-Am event will be an all-day extravaganza with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12 p.m. Registration includes an executive brown bag lunch and beverages. The post-event celebration includes dinner and a silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m., featuring a chance to mingle with the golf pros.

“I look forward to this event every year,” said Craig Campbell, event chair and vice president for Holland Construction’s Florida office. “It’s a great chance to learn from some of Florida’s best golfers and get together with the community to support Junior Achievement’s mission of educating our children.”

The cost is $500 per single golfer or $2,000 per foursome with an optional $50 JA Bucks package available. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, including Corporate Days for either four or eight golfers to return to the Ritz Members Club for future play. For sponsorship information or to register for the Pro-Am Event and support a great cause, call 941-907-9229 or contact Craig Campbell at ccampbell@holland-corp.com or Cecilia Alexander at cecilia.alexander@ja.org.

Current sponsors include Sun Hydraulics, The Ritz-Carlton Members Club, West Florida Golf Tour, Holland Construction, Baird, Bank of America, DuPage Machine Products, Tervis Tumbler and in-kind sponsor Grapevine Communications Advertising Agency.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organization. Using hands-on experiences, the organization helps 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. Programs are taught by classroom volunteers from the business community across America and in over 103 countries worldwide. Providing children with positive adult role models who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our free enterprise system is a hallmark of Junior Achievement. For more information, call 941-907-9229 or visit jasarasota.org.

Grapevine Communications is a full-service, award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations firm based in Sarasota, Florida, and serving clients nationwide. The firm was awarded the 2010 Frank G. Berlin, Sr., Small Business Award by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and donated over $148,000 in pro-bono services to area non-profits in 2011. For more information on Grapevine Communications, call 941-351-0024 or email luzzo@grapeinc.com.

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