Police Foundation: 10th Annual Golf Tournament

Ensuring that the men and women of our Palm Beach Gardens Police Department have the equipment, training and technology they need to keep us safe is the primary mission of the Police Foundation. But with the generous support of our residents and business owners, we are able to support a number of Community Outreach programs specifically aimed at our youth. These programs are designed to promote personal growth, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

During the summer months, we sponsored the “Ball Stars Youth Camp” at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Attending the free camp were 125 youth in two separate age groups. They spent part of their time learning to dribble the ball down the court, do push-ups, and shoot hoops before they settled into the bleachers for talks on social media safety, respect and discipline, the dangers of drugs and alcohol, bullying, and financial responsibility. Throughout the day uniformed Palm Beach Gardens Police Officers bantered with the participants on the sidelines in a very positive environment. The camp is conducted by former NBA All-Star Otis Birdsong and Micheal Ray Richardson, formerly with both the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets.

In the fall, the Foundations conducts our Annual Police Foundation Golf Tournament. This will be the 10th Annual Golf Tournament and as it has from the beginning, all funds raised by the Tournament are used to support the Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorer Post and local youth programs such as the Ball Stars Youth Camp, Suits for (HS) Seniors, Special Olympics and other programs focused on the character development of our young adults.

This year’s Golf Tournament will be held at the PGA National Resort on both the Champion course, home of The Honda Classic, and the newly reconfigured Fazio course, which has a layout designed for a day of enjoyable golf. The event is preceded by a wine and appetizer evening sponsored by and held at Brio Tuscan Grille in The Gardens Mall.

More than 40 sponsors at different levels show their support of this event each year and the Foundation would certainly not be able to conduct the Tournament without them. We are always very appreciative of their ongoing support of Foundation programs.

After the enjoyable evening at Brio, the golfers start the next day with registration and breakfast in the Grand Ballroom of the PGA Resort and Spa. At 8:30 AM they head out for a full 18-hole round of golf on the course they have pre-selected and then finish off the day’s enjoyment with a delicious awards-luncheon, raffle draw and silent auction in the Grand Ballroom. An outstanding start to the weekend for all… and a terrific way for corporations and individuals to help insure the future of our community by supporting local youth programs.

For more information on the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation Golf Tournament visit golf.pbgpf.org or call the Foundation office at (561) 799-4440. Sponsorships as well as player slots are still available as of the date this article was written. But act fast. This event sells out every year and we are seldom able to clear the wait-list.


Tom Murphy is a resident of PGA National and has been president of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation, Inc. since 2007.  Before helping to form the foundation, he was a marketing executive with the IBM Corporation and earlier a member of the Nassau County (NY) Police Department.

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