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Bob Janes Memorial Golf Outing April 10

Registration deadline Monday

March 29, 2019
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Golfers can get out on the course this April to benefit veteran scholarships throughout Lee County -- though the deadline is fast approaching.

The sixth annual Bob Janes Memorial Golf Outing, put on by the Lee Coast Chapter of MOAA -- Military Officers Association of America, is at Shell Point Golf Club in Fort Myers April 10.

The deadline for registration is April 1, or when the 144-player slots are filled.

"It is a beautiful course to play, we always have great goody bags for each golfer and fun prizes for the friendly competition," said Marilyn Leehan, secretary of Lee Coast Chapter MOAA. "Our golf chair, Maria Colmer, has added a fun twist to our fundraising with this year's outing. You can purchase numbered golf balls at $10 per golf ball, which will be dropped by helicopter on the practice area. The person whose ball is in or closest to the hole wins $500."

The event's goal is to continue support of veteran scholarships at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College, JROTC scholarships and veteran service projects in the region.

"Most significantly we support United Way's Mission United, which serves veterans and their families in Lee County. We also sponsor Lee County ROTC Raider Challenge, annual recognition swards and provide three scholarships annually. Having the proceeds from last year's outing enabled us to obtain matching funds to create two new Veterans Scholarship Endow-ments in perpetuity at FSW and FGCU, 'to give Veterans a hand up, not just a hand out,'" said Chapter President Brigitte Belanger.

This year's Honorary Chair will be Master Chief Terry Moy, a retired Navy Seal whose Navy Seal Frogman team retrieved Apollo 17.

"Master Chief Moy is known for training Gov. Jesse Ventura as a Navy Seal, among others. Moy and his wife will be golfing in this year's tournament," said Colmer.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $150 to $5000-plus, with many including the day of golf.

Participation is $125 per person -- that includes golf, donation fee, breakfast, lunch and a goodie bag.

The outing has grown over five years, evolving from less than 50 people to now nearly 150.

"We established a foundation in 2012, had a practice tournament with 48 people to raise money for the foundation in 2013 and established the Bob Janes Tournament in 2014. It was established in Janes' honor, as he was a former county commissioner, Sanibel mayor a colonel in the Army Reserve and first president of this chapter," said past president Doug Quelch.

"Under the leadership of John Bathke, Scott Logan, Fred Bondurant and others, we have grown to our maximum of 144 players -- and Roger Triftshauser added a silent auction to this fund-raising event," said Leehan.

This year, 60 auction items have been collected to date. Categories of these items are: Flights and Overnights, Golf is Great, Fashion/Beauty/Bling & Things, Eats & Treats and Variety is the Spice of Life.

"Some of these items are a scenic flight over the coast line, hotel and condo lodging, golf foursomes at 9 area courses, handmade patriotic quilts and jewelry, restaurant certificates, autographed books and more," said Leehan.

The group is committed to serving veterans across Lee County, and is a 501c3 non-profit.

"The Military Officers Association of America motto is 'Never Stop Serving.' This is one way we can serve the needs of the past, present and future military, as we continue our camaraderie among members and Lee County residents," said incoming president, Terry Robertson.

For registration and organization details, visit

Shell Point Golf Club is at 17500 On Par Blvd., in Fort Myers.

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