Waterfront Properties Applauds PGA National for Sponsoring Fundraiser

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The Palm Beach Gardens development will welcome a three-day golf event that benefits Prader-Willi Syndrome research.

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The headliner and namesake of the event is an LPGA Tour Professional Leta Lindley, who lives in Mirabella and recently retired from the sport following a successful 17-year-career.

Set for Jan. 18 through 20, 2013, the ninth-annual Leta Lindley Prader-Willi Classic will unfold at prestigious PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens in honor of a 10-year-old girl and a 34-year-old man with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Josilyn Faith Levine is the granddaughter of Ronnie Levine, founder of the LPGA pro-am tournament and resident of the popular community of homes in Palm Beach Gardens. Harold Wilkinson IV lives in the Oasis condominium on Singer Island.

The headliner and namesake of the event is an LPGA Tour Professional Leta Lindley, who lives in Mirabella and recently retired from the sport following a successful 17-year-career. More than 25 professionals from the Tour, many of whom are Lindley’s friends, will participate in the event, expected to generate as much as $250,000. Funds raised will go to a special Prader-Willi research fellowship set up at Scripps Florida -- part of The Scripps Research Institute -- adjacent to Abacoa in Jupiter.

The ninth-annual Leta Lindley Prader-Willi Classic kicks off Jan. 18 with a family-friendly cocktail reception, silent- and live-auction bidding, and an exquisite dinner. The LPGA player for each team will be selected during the evening, as well. Time is 6 to 10 p.m., and tickets cost $250.
On Jan. 19, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the cost is $750 for each player. The shotgun-style shootout begins at 10 a.m. on The Champion course, home of the PGA Senior Championship from 1982 to 2000, the Ryder Cup in 1983, the PGA Championship in 1987, and The Honda Classic from 2007 to the present. The course is noted for its gruelling “Bear Trap” – the 15th, 16th and 17th holes – and has received accolades and awards from industry magazines and associations.

A luncheon will follow the day of play, and awards will be presented to the top finishers.

As a follow-up to the tournament, the Wilkinson Cup challenge is scheduled for Jan. 20, in which local clubs will compete with an LPGA Tour player for the lowest score.

“Our mission is to raise funds for research to find a cure and effective treatment for Prader-Willi Syndrome, a noninherited and life-threatening genetic disorder,” Levine said. “PWS is a lifelong condition affecting appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior. By participating in our event, you not only become a special partner, but join our family in securing a good life for Josi, Harold and others with genetic disorders.”

The agents at Waterfront Properties and Club Communities are proud of PGA National sponsoring a high-caliber event for a worthwhile cause that enhances the quality of life in Palm Beach County.

Among the tournament’s other sponsors are Braman Motorcars, Tire Kingdom, The Gardens Mall, Brio Tuscan Grille, Daphne's Headcovers, Trish McEvoy, Callaway Golf, The Honda Classic and Jupiter Magazine.

Prader-Willi Syndrome generally impacts one in 10,000 newborns and is an abnormality of the 15th chromosome. The effects of the disease are undeveloped muscles, short stature, learning disabilities, loss of motor skills and social dysfunction.

For information about the ninth-annual Leta Lindley Prader-Willi Classic, call 856-979-4061.

For information about Waterfront Properties, call 561-746-7272.

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