Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club Holds 22nd Annual “Play for Hunger” Charity Event

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Proceeds to Local Charities exceed $152,000.

"Play for Hunger" total amount raised of $152,000 for Local Charities

The members of Isla are some of the most generous, giving people we know. Not only do they support this event, but many of them are also volunteers at the Clinic and Daystar.

On Tuesday, February 21st, 2012, the Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club completed its 22nd annual activities for its charity event, “Play for Hunger”. This member-hosted event supports two local charities, St Petersburg Free Clinic and the Daystar Life Center. The total amount raised of $152,000 far exceeded the goal of $122,000. The annual four-day event, which was led this year by Jack and Barbara Haining, includes various activities for donors such as a cruise on member boats, a tennis tournament, a golf tournament and a dinner. The dinner was attended by over 240 donors as well as Beth Houghton, Executive Director of the St Petersburg Free Clinic, Jane Walker, Executive Director of the Daystar life center and City Councilman Steve Kornell. Councilman Kornell presented the Club with a proclamation from the St Petersburg City Council honoring the Club for its efforts.

According to Jack and Barbara Haining, “The members of Isla are some of the most generous, giving people we know. Not only do they support this event, but many of them are also volunteers at the Clinic and Daystar.”

The “Play for Hunger” event began in 1991 with a group of tennis players raising $1,100. Over the past 22 years, the event has expanded to include all areas of the Club and has raised over $1.4 million.

About St Petersburg Free Clinic
St. Petersburg Free Clinic is a multi-service, independent, not-for-profit, human services agency providing the local community neighbors temporary assistance with food, shelter and healthcare. The Clinic has been caring for the un-served and underserved facing temporary emergency needs throughout Pinellas County, Florida, since 1970. For more information, visit http://www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.org.

About Daystar Life Center
The Daystar Life Center was founded in 1982 as a small parish ministry of "people helping people". The Center's purpose is to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families, most of whom are living below the federal poverty level. Recognized as an important asset in the community, Daystar has grown into a major social service agency. Their goal is to alleviate the suffering and hopelessness experienced by members of the community who are economically or physically challenged. For more information, visit http://www.daystarlife.com.

About Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club
Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club is a private, member-owned club nestled between the southern tip of St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach, just north of Tierra Verde. Isla del Sol, the official country club of the world famous Don Cesar Resort, includes a par-71 championship golf course, a 75-slip marina, 9 Har-Tru tennis courts and world-class dining and events facility. For more information, visit http://www.isladelsolycc.com.

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