Matthew Pivko from Rosedale Golf & Country Club in Bradenton, Florida doesn’t help organize one day of events, but oversees the club’s week-long activities! Here is why Matthew remains involved in raising money for breast cancer research.
I have been personally impacted by cancer – my paternal Grandmother, Emily, had thyroid cancer and my maternal Grandmother, Ester, had lung cancer. Both were survivors!
Besides entry fees, the club raises funds in a variety of ways. We have hole sponsorships for individuals, neighborhoods and businesses. In addition to the Saturday golf outing, we have several events on Friday night including a special themed dinner. Last year we held a Wine Pull, a special Sunchasers Friday afternoon golf game, a silent auction, a live auction and a tennis tournament. Mulligans and a 50/50 raffle were also included.
Both the Friday night dinner/games and the Saturday golf tournament are sold out. We can handle a total of 140 golfers on Saturday and about the same number for Friday’s dinner. Generally, we are at capacity for each event. Last year’s events brought nearly 400 people (members and non-members alike) to the club during the week of Play for P.I.N.K. activities. To ensure a good turnout, everyone can participate, not just our members. I think making this a week-long event rather than 1 or 2 days has helped increase the awareness, importance and the desire to be involved.
Anytime you can participate in a meaningful cause is wonderful. Being that cancer has impacted my family, it means so much more to host events like this.