Sanctuary Community Golf Challenge Helps Raise Funds

A full field of 144 golfers took to the The Sanctuary Golf Club’s course on January 21 in the Sanctuary Community Golf Challenge.

Established and sponsored by The Sanctuary Golf Club more than 15 years ago, the Community Golf Challenge has raised more than $1.5 million over the years, helping the Charitable Foundation of the Islands to provide critical resources to those in need on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Through the members’ financial support of the event and by generously providing the clubhouse and golf course for the day, The Sanctuary Golf Club is a true reflection and a great example of the caring nature of our islands.

 From left, The Sanctuary Golf Club COO Ken Kouril, Director of Golf Brett Kist, Charitable Foundation of the Islands Board President Al Hanser, event honorary chairs Chip and Nancy Roach, Sanctuary Tournament Committee Chair Jackie Bingham and Board of Governors President John Schmidlin

From left, The Sanctuary Golf Club COO Ken Kouril, Director of Golf Brett Kist, Charitable Foundation of the Islands Board President Al Hanser, event honorary chairs Chip and Nancy Roach, Sanctuary Tournament Committee Chair Jackie Bingham and Board of Governors President John Schmidlin

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company was once again a Diamond Sponsor and Cart Sponsor for the event and helped raise a record amount in this year’s tournament. Tournament committee member, CFI board member and Trust Company Executive Vice President Steve Greenstein was the winner of $3,220 in the Helicopter Ball Drop and donated his winning back to the cause.

“I believe in Charitable Foundation of the Islands’ mission and am happy to join my fellow Sanctuary members in making a difference in the lives of those in need here on the islands,” said Greenstein. “The Sanctuary staff did their usual fantastic job of making this tournament the premier golf event of the year and it was a great day in support of a great cause.”

CFI, a public charity originally founded in 2000, makes grants to nonprofit organizations that affect the health, education and well-being of our community and directs emergency grants to help those needing assistance for food, housing, healthcare and mental health crises.

“The Sanctuary has embraced Charitable Foundation of the Islands from the beginning,” said CFI Board President and Trust Company founder Al Hanser. “I can’t express enough gratitude for their support of this public charity which does so much for our island community.”

Proceeds from this event, combined with the stewardship of permanently endowed funds, allow CFI to promote philanthropy and build a spirit of community to enhance the quality of life on the islands for now and generations to come. 

Published February 3, 2017 by the Island Sun