Willoughby Country Club Resident Makes Big Donation to Charity

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Waterfront Properties and Club Communities congratulates Marlene Filer for supporting Celebrities Fore Kids.

Celebrities Fore Kids co-founder Marlene Filer, with golf tournament co-hosts Tico Torres and Larry Laoretti. Photo by Bob Dobens.

The Willoughby Golf Club resident made the donation to fund all of Celebrities Fore Kids’ operational costs.

In 1997, Marlene Filer co-founded a nonprofit organization aimed at helping children and families in South Florida impacted by cancer and named it Celebrities Fore Kids. Sixteen years later, Filer made a generous pledge of $100,000 to the charity that has raised almost $1.75 million to support its clients’ needs.

The Willoughby Golf Club resident made the donation to fund all of Celebrities Fore Kids’ operational costs. Filer said she intended the donation to convey to donors the fact that 100 percent of the proceeds that come in to Celebrities Fore Kids will go to the cause and directly impact a sick child or his or her financially strapped parents. Donated dollars pay for everything from mortgage payments and utility bills to gas cards and restaurant certificates.

Celebrities Fore Kids has a partnership with the social workers at the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center on the Martin Medical Center campus in Stuart, as well as with the Pediatric Oncology Support Team in West Palm Beach. Its primary fundraiser is a celebrity-studded golf tournament that, this year, is slated for Dec. 1 and 2. For the second time, the Golf Classic will be led by professional golfer Larry Laoretti and Bon Jovi drummer and Admiral’s Cove resident Tico Torres. Celebrity players in years past have included LPGA Tour golfers Michelle McGann, of Singer Island, and Jackie Gallagher-Smith; National Hockey League Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr; and PGA Tour golfers Dana Quigley and Larry Ziegler.

Last year’s Golf Classic brought in more than $150,000.

Waterfront Properties and Club Communities is proud of Filer for stepping up for what she believes in and improving the quality of life for those with homes in Martin County.

For additional information about Celebrities Fore Kids, call 772-781-7943.

For additional information about Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, call 772-781-7943.

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