Updated with second photo Sunday, 1:15 p.m.
Submitted by Gail Choate
ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Boca Royale Seventh Annual Semper Fi Charity Golf Tournament, to support the Semper Fi Fund, which was established in 2004 to help injured and critically ill members of the U.S. forces and their families in need, will be held April 2.
Over the past six years, the Boca Royale charity fundraiser has raised over $800,000 for this worthy cause. This money provides financial assistance to defray the expenses of injured or ill service members and their families during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery.
According to an event press release, “Almost 94 percent of the funds raised are used to support this mission, with very little wasted on overhead. Donations are welcome and needed.”
The Boca Royale event will consist of a “Meet Our Wounded Heroes” cocktail party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at the Boca Royale Country Club, featuring several service members and their families helped by the charity. A special treat will be meeting a trained service dog named Boca,” provided with tournament funds for Daniel Freyburger, who is medically retired from the Marine Corps.
The event will continue Saturday, April 2, with a golf tournament in the early afternoon. Before play begins, an unusual ceremony will take place. The French Consul General will award long time club member Art Nicholas the French Legion of Honor for his naval service in World War II.
Then the golf will be followed by cocktails, a live auction and dinner at the Boca Royale Country Club. The guest speakers for the evening will include Karen Guenther, founder and CEO of the Semper Fi Fund and General James Amos, USMC (Ret.), the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps. For more information, please contact Frank Lugo at 941−474−1917.
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