With less than a few days until its annual fundraiser, The Arc of Alachua County, with the help of 40 local sponsors and 100 golfers, has SOLD OUT its annual Bob Rose Golf Scramble on Friday, April 12th at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club. Registration begins at 10:45 a.m. for the 12:30 p.m. golf scramble fundraiser, which benefits adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at The Arc of Alachua County.
The Bob Rose Golf Scramble is The Arc’s largest, and most important, fundraising event of the year. The $50,000 in net proceeds from this event funds recreational and community-based activities for citizens with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Gainesville and Alachua County who are clients with the 53-year-old, private, non-profit.
“This golf tournament is very important to The Arc and to our people,” stated Mark Swain, Executive Director of The Arc. “I know how important this successful fundraiser has been to this Arc over the years, and I think we may very well break some records with how much revenue we generate this year. I look forward to meeting our donors, sponsors, and friends; and playing a little golf as well. Remember that your support and donations stay here in Gainesville and Alachua County; helping local people with developmental disabilities.” The Arc will also feature a team of its clients and employees chasing that infernal white ball around the course.
Last year’s event was a huge success, raising a net of $45,000 in revenue for the community’s intellectually- and developmentally-disabled. This year’s premier sponsors are long-time community partners News Talk 97.3 FM The SKY and InfoTech. We also thank our other lead sponsors who have been with us for nearly two decades: Willis Towers Watson, James Moore, and Gainesville Harley-Davidson.
Harley-Davidson is once again sponsoring the Hole-in-One Contest at No. 8 where any golfer talented (or lucky) enough to shoot a hole-in-one will win a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle valued at approximately $20,000! Golfers will get their photos taken with scramble host and radio celebrity, Bob Rose, as they play through on Hole No. 8. Cash prizes will once again be awarded to players on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, trophies to the Last Place Team members, and prizes to Closest to the Pin (No. 2), Longest Drive (No. 10), and Longest Putt (No. 18) winners. We will have Long Drive Pro Kyle Blakely from Charity Golf International launching tee shots at Hole # 10. For a donation to The Arc, he will set you up in the middle of the fairway, close to the green, for an attempt to hole out from the fairway. Score a Double Eagle on # 10 and you win a $5000 trip for 2.
“I am very honored to lend my name to this great event,” Bob Rose said. “This is my ninth year as the host of this incredibly popular event, and I can’t imagine a more important or meaningful use of my time than raising money for The Arc. We need to raise as much money as we can for people with developmental disabilities so that they can have much-needed recreational programs and services. The Arc is a great organization. As always, it’s gonna be fun!”
There will be plenty of food at this year’s event with David’s BBQ providing a lunch of yummy pork and chicken beginning at 11:00 a.m. and Wahoo Seafood providing a seafood boil beginning at 5:00 p.m. Two beverage carts will keep golfers hydrated during the round (with water, soda, and liquor drinks available and donations gladly accepted) and well-fed with snacks. A Silent Auction of cool prizes, including a guitar signed be members of Sister Hazel, takes place after the golf, as well as a raffle drawing of twenty (20) neat prizes. A lucky Super Ticket drawing winner gets a big screen TV, and we will have a 50/50 drawing as well. Mr. October DJ headlines the late afternoon’s festivities with some jams until the event’s conclusion at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Please contact Dr. Mark A. Johnson at The Arc at 352-246-3516 or [email protected] for more information on the April 12th Bob Rose Golf Scramble.