Annual Charity Golf Tournament raises money for ECGRR

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Pictured (from left, back row) are General Manager Regatta Bay, Dan Shelton, Blue Marlin Realty Group Co-Brokers/Co-Owners, Jerry Sullivan and Johnathan Hughes, Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue Board member, Kandie Evanchyk, Blue Marlin Realty Group Charity Golf Board member Bryan Kiefer, and Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue Board member Karen Rossi. On front row are Co-Owner Blue Marlin Realty Group Leslie Sullivan, Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Alumni, GG and Buddy.

Blue Marlin Realty Group hosted their third annual charity golf tournament at Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club on Friday, Oct. 23, benefiting the Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue (ECGRR). Blue Marlin Realty Group raised $16,938, which will fund the ECGRR’s efforts of finding homes for abandoned, abused, or surrendered Golden Retriever and Labrador breeds.

Over 200 members of the local community joined together to participate in the charity golf tournament as sponsors, tournament players, raffle item donors, food and beverage donors, and volunteers. Over 100 golfers were greeted with Grayton Beer Company brews, provided by putting green sponsor, Bracken Law, P.A. as well as brunch provided by Another Broken Egg on the driving range. All golfers enjoyed lunch on the course courtesy of Lenny’s Sub Shop of Destin, beer by Landshark Pizza Co., Bloody Marys by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Southern Comfort punch by Bric A Brac, Mimosas by Beachwalk Cafe and Pineapple Rum Punch by Community Bank. Henderson Park Inn sponsored the clubhouse, which hosted the after party sponsored by Ali’s Bistro and catered by Landsharks Pizza Co. Golfers and guests enjoyed live raffles, silent auction, team and individual awards. Winning bidders and raffle prizewinners went home with prizes among many such as a BOTE and GUSU paddle boards, stays at Henderson Park Inn, sports memorabilia, and more.

Co-owners and brokers of Blue Marlin Realty Group, Johnathan Hughes and Jerry Sullivan, are beyond thrilled at the continued success of the tournament.

“It has been amazing to see how this tournament has grown within just three years,” Hughes said. “We have a great time finding ways to make each year bigger and better.”

“We continue to strive to make a difference in the local community,” said Sullivan. “We look forward to selecting a unique local non-profit organization to benefit from each year’s tournament.”

The money raised will be able help the Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue with day to day costs and provide the funds to spay or neuter the dogs, which is currently the ECGRR’s greatest need. Special thanks to the “Big Dog” sponsors, Rodgers-Kiefer Title and Belfor Construction.