Fort Myers Florida Weekly

FGCU’s annual Founder’s Cup set for Oct. 9

Florida Gulf Coast University’s annual Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament will tee off Friday, Oct. 9, at Quail Creek Golf Club in Naples.

“The Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament supports scholarships and a variety of programs that help to create the best education experience for our students,” said Christopher Simoneau, FGCU foundation executive director and vice president for advancement. “It has been a tradition since before the university opened its doors.”

This year, the fundraiser celebrates its 24th year. Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $1.3 million — including $116,000 last year — for programs that support academic excellence, scholarships, student success, intercollegiate athletics and FGCU’s community and regional impact. These same five initiatives form the foundation of the university’s $100 million campaign, which launched in 2014 and is set to conclude in 2017 for the university’s 20th anniversary celebration.

“The Founder’s Cup celebrates the history of FGCU and provides a significant financial boost to the university’s mission in support of students, faculty and staff,” Mr. Simoneau said. “We truly appreciate the commitment of the many sponsors and community supporters who believe in higher education.”

The event will begin with a buffet luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Quail Creek clubhouse. Golfers will begin play at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start on the club’s two championship courses.

For more information on sponsorships, donations or registration, contact Lindsey Touchette at 590-1016.

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