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South Florida PGA Turning Blueprints into a Reality

South Florida PGA Foundation Celebrating Wall Raising Ceremony with Indian River Habitat for Humanity

Working on face impact is a common phrase usually applied to a golf club by PGA Professionals. However, on Saturday May 19th it was applied to swinging hammers instead of golf clubs for fifteen PGA Professionals in Vero Beach. The South Florida PGA Foundation was onsite for the wall raising of their seventh home sponsored along with Habitat for Humanity. Local PGA Professionals, SFPGA Board of Directors members and SFPGA Foundation Board members were in attendance, and lending a helping hand for Melissa Arduini and her four sons.

The day began with a brief ceremony, recognizing the impact that this home would have on the life of the Arduini family. Remarks were made on behalf the South Florida PGA Foundation, by its President Tom Wildenhaus. On the soon-to-be porch of the unfinished home, Wildenhaus expressed just how important it was to the South Florida PGA Foundation to be a part of an organization such as Habitat for Humanity. Because of their investment in a family and not a building, and giving back to communities on a personal level were just some of the reasons the SFPGA Foundation chose to support Habitat during its inception in 2011. Once all of the speeches were finished, the front wall was raised by the Arduini family and PGA Professionals in attendance. Then the real work began.

For the next four hours, our PGA Professionals were nailing plywood into place, roofing a neighboring home, and performing various tasks that turned a shell into the beginnings of a home. In the next three months there are designated work days for PGA Professionals all across the Section to participate in and contribute to the completion of this home. Once a month, they can come out and lend a helping hand to turning a blueprint into a reality. Those dates are June 7th, July 17th and August 18th.

This home will serve as the halfway point for the SFPGA Foundation’s goal of completing a home in every county within the confines of our Section. This encompasses 15 counties plus Puerto Rico.  With the commitment comes a financial gift of $50,000 per home, along with volunteers to help build the home.  Once all 16 homes have been built the Foundation will have granted $800,000 to Habitat for Humanity throughout south Florida and more than 15,000 volunteer hours.

To sign up to volunteer and help build our seventh home, please email the Foundations Programs Coordinator Michelle Goda at mgoda@pgahq.com. We hope that you will be a part of turning this home into a reality by supporting our Foundation or lending your time. Please click here to learn how you can support the South Florida PGA Foundation.

About Indian River Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Indian River Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope. Indian River Habitat was affiliated in 1991 and its successful track record has benefited over 800 families in need of simple, decent and affordable homes.  Through homeownership, Habitat empowers working families, providing them with strength, stability and self-reliance.  Indian River Habitat is among top performing affiliates and has been recognized repeatedly as Affiliate of the Year among medium sized Habitat affiliates.

About the South Florida PGA Foundation

The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education, scholarships and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,800 men and women PGA Professionals serving as the experts in business and the game of golf.


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