Golf Benefit is a Hole in One for Phoenix House!

Monday, April 1st, 2013
golfers at Phoenix House golf benefit for substance abuse treatment

Jan Stephenson (center), former LPGA champion, joins a foursome comprising (left to right): Shyam Mundra, Jack Henard, Penny Larsen, and Herb Goetschius, Chairman, Board of Directors, Phoenix Houses of Florida.

The Phoenix House Golf Benefit, held at Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on Saturday, March 23, was a tremendous success for Phoenix Houses of Florida!  Seventeen foursomes took the field on this challenging and prestigious golf course, and each foursome was joined by a celebrity golfer representing major league baseball, football, or basketball.  Even former LPGA champion Jan Stephenson joined the fun!

The good-natured competition on the course was complemented by fierce bidding throughout the day for an array of valuable Silent Auction items, including weeklong stays in Buenos Aires and North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains, a five-day stay in Hawaii or St. Thomas, summer golf memberships, a top-quality cigar humidor, and many other items. A raffle held during the celebratory Surf ‘n Turf dinner concluding the day provided more excitement and more great prizes, while a moving speech by Citra Center graduate and current Phoenix House employee Davieoyn Hopson reminded everyone of the real purpose of the event.

Critical Support for Phoenix House’s Rehabilitation Services

In addition to the fun and camaraderie it fostered, the Phoenix House Golf Benefit, chaired by Duane VanEtten, Superintendent of Cypress Run, served a very serious purpose:  by raising more than $35,000 in support of Phoenix Houses of Florida’s recovery programs, it will help us provide outpatient substance abuse services for teens at the Derek Jeter Center in Tampa and the Brandon Outpatient Center in Brandon; outpatient treatment for adults in Tampa and Brandon; comprehensive, gender-specific residential rehabilitation for adult men and women at Phoenix House Citra Center; and sober living services in Citra.

Phoenix House Provides Outstanding Substance Abuse Treatment

Each year, Phoenix Houses of Florida helps nearly 1,000 men, women, and teens escape the trap of addiction and begin healthy new lives.  If you or someone you love needs help, call us today at 1 888 671 9392.  You’ve got a friend at Phoenix House!

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