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June 2013   A Letter from “The ESPO” Committee

The Gator Region of the Florida Club Managers Association has taken their fund raising efforts to the next level.  We are entering into our third year of a tremedous partnership with The Founder of the Tampa Bay Lightning and The National Hockey League’s Hall of Fame Member Phil Esposito.

Phil has committed to do whatever it takes to assist our organization in reaching contribution levels that no one would have ever imagined our region could produce. He has agreed to be thoroughly involved in Gator Region Charity Events.  We are honored to have Phil Esposito’s name associated with this event, our organization and the charities we support.

We have a very creative team in place to make this year’s and all future ESPO events even greater than the last.   A great new website, save the date memos, become a Sponsor and play golf with Phil or one of his celebrity friends and much more to come. Please join Phil and some of his very special friends during the next year to help raise money for All Children’s Hospital. We need your support. Get in the game with Phil.

Two years ago we took on the Phil Esposito brand and renamed our Charity Event, the “ESPO,” known formally as The Phil Esposito Charity Golf Invitational with the Florida Club Managers Association. We are asking you to join Phil and some of his very special friends again this year to help raise money for All Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Special Olympics Sarasota.

Celebrity Reception

This year’s events will be held September 8 & 9, 2013.  On September 8 we will begin the ESPO weekend at The Longboat Key Club.  The Longboat Key Club will be our host for our Celebrity Reception from 6-8 PM.  Registration, Silent Auction, Live Auction, Entertainment and some wonderful array of heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by the culinary staff will highlight the evening.

Charity Golf Invitational

Laurel Oak Country Club will be our host for the 2013 “ESPO”- Phil Esposito Charity Golf Invitational” on Monday, September 9, 2013.  On this site you will find details and options concerning the event, sponsorship and participation.  Please feel free to contact any of the Chairmen below if you have any questions concerning your particular sponsorship level.

We Need Your Support

Many of you may have never been asked to assist in our Charity events in the past.  Now more than ever, we need your help.  Please assist us in this effort by becoming a corporate sponsor or by making a sizable donation to our charitable events.  Our goal is to raise over $100,000 for our charities.  Your support is paramount to our success.  Please join us in this partnership with Phil.  Remember, it is all “For the Kids,” so dig deep.

Some of you have been major contributors to our event for a number of years and have shared in the successes of our events.  It is our hope that you will continue your support by telling your business associates about our events or giving consideration to an increase of your support for this year.

Please feel free to contact any of the committee Chairmen at the numbers listed on the bottom of this page or visit www.TheESPO.com.  On behalf of the committee, and all of the charities this alliance supports, “Thank You” in advance for your consideration, participation and continued generosity.
Let’s get in the game with Phil. Please be involved.
David Whalen
David Whalen, CCM
Charity Events Co-Chair
GM, Laurel Oak CC
2700 Gary Player Blvd
Sarasota,FL
generalmanager@laureloak.com
Bob Max
Bob Max, CCM
Charity Events Co-Chair
President, Hospitality Image & Solutions
Lakeland,FL bmax6539@tampabay.rr.com

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