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In recognition of giving back month, THE PLAYERS visited Pine Castle with a surprise check, interactive activities and gifts for residents
Each year, money generated by THE PLAYERS Championship benefits more than 300 charities throughout northeast Florida, totaling more than $84 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $8.5 million generated in 2016.
During November, THE PLAYERS celebrate giving back month with several events designed to highlight the many organizations that receive funding from THE PLAYERS.
THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership – the Red Coats – accompanied by Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, continued giving back month with a visit to Pine Castle, which received a $5,000 grant from THE PLAYERS Red Coats earlier this year.
Pine Castle is a leader in serving adults with intellectual and other disabilities and providing support to their families across northeast Florida. They are committed to assisting anyone with a disability, regardless of its severity. The objectives of Pine Castle’s programs are based on developing individuals to the maximum of their capabilities – providing services so they can enjoy full, healthy and productive lives.
During the visit, the Red Coats and Bortles toured the facility and an on-site residential home, visited with the residents and surprised them with multiple gifts, including blankets, candy and new TVs for the men’s home. THE PLAYERS also made a surprise $10,000 donation to Pine Castle, which was matched by Bortles, totaling $20,000 for the organization.
THE PLAYERS was instrumental in helping Bortles start the Blake Bortles Foundation, which supports youth and adults with intellectual and developmental challenges in the pursuit of a full, independent life. The Blake Bortles Foundation was established in 2016.
“These men and women here today would not be able to live on their own without the help of Pine Castle,” said Michele McManamon, 2016 tournament chairman. “We hope this monetary donation will enable Pine Castle to continue its mission and that today will be a day these residents never forget. I know this is a day we, THE PLAYERS Red Coats, will remember for years to come. This is why we volunteer at the tournament.”
“THE PLAYERS helped me jump-start my charitable foundation,” said Bortles. “It’s been great partnering with THE PLAYERS to provide a fun-filled day for the individuals residing at Pine Castle. We hope the $20,000 donation is going to go a long way in helping these men and women of the organization.”
Upcoming giving back month events include visits to North Shore Elementary School (November 21) and Topgolf with The Boselli Foundation (November 30).
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