Golfers, participants needed for Eli Foundation Charity Golf Outing

Eli Florence

Eli Florence

— With only days left until the 1st Annual Eli Foundation Charity Golf Outing, golfers and attendees for the outing are still needed.

The charity golf outing is Sept. 18 at Southmoor Golf Course, G-4312 S. Dort Hwy. The foundation needs 250 golfers to accomplish the goal of having the first ever, double shot-gun start.

While a little more than 100 golfers have registered so far, more are still needed. “No golfer will be turned away. We need all the golfers we can get,” said Trina Florence-King, Eli’s mother. “Golfers can even register the day of the event.”

Cost is $60 per person, and includes catered meals, 18 holes of golf and a cart. For the a.m. shotgun start, golfers need to check-in at 7 a.m., with the tee time following at 8 a.m. For the p.m. shotgun start, check-in is noon, followed by a 1 p.m. tee time. A full meal will be served between the two shotgun starts. Florence- King said the deadline to register for the golf outing has been removed, and interested golfers can register directly at Southmoor.

For those who do not want to golf, but still want to contribute and enjoy the event, Florence-King said there is a 4 p.m. meal, followed by a live auction at 5:30 p.m. People can attend the dinner/auction, separate from the golf outing. The auction feature items worth $7.800.

Some of the items attendees will have a chance to bid on are a gift certificate for a one-year Genesys Athletic Club membership with locker and nameplate, donated by Florence-King; a signed, rear quarter panel off of the 2005 Winston Cup Points Winner’s Home Depot car, sent to Eli while he was at Mott Children’s Hospital before going to Minnesota for his initial transplant; a boat slip for the remaining season, plus a full season in 2011 from Skipper Bud’s Marina in Fenton; art work by local and national artists; a Detroit Tigers signed hologram picture, sent as a gift towards helping the foundation reach its goal of raising $10,000 to sponsor a family; and various other gift certificates for dining, spa services and other luxury items donated by local businesses.

Florence-King said Al Serra, a sponsor of the event, is giving use of a brand new car for the weekend as a hole-in-one prize and four, brand new cars to use for the weekend as prizes. The four cars will be for those who get nearest to the pin. Superior Travel has donated three nights at a Las Vegas resort as a hole-in-one prize.

Cost to attend the dinner, which is catered by Johnny’s Restaurant in Fenton, and live auction is $10 per person. Ron Polk, a professional auctioneer out of Montrose, will be doing the honors at the auction. Individuals must submit their reservations by Sept. 13. Before the auction, Florence-King said a drawing will take place where a golf course will be selected to hold next year’s charity golf outing.

All proceeds from the charity golf outing and auction will go into the 501(c)3 Eli Foundation checking account at Chase Bank to help families who ha.

“If the full grant is funded ($10,000), a notification will go out to all facilities in the United States making them aware so that they can share this wonderful news with the families who have children diagnosed with AML LEUKEMIA so they can go to
and apply,” said Florence-King. “This will begin the screening process and interviews and meetings with the applicants hospital social worker and/or special needs team, etc. Once an applicant is chosen, I will go meet the family and not only share the news of their acceptance in the financial grant program The Eli Foundation has to offer, but will also offer the gift of advocacy to the family for a period of time beginning with one week on site to be available to the family for educational, caregiving exchange time and emotional support.”

For more on the golf outing, donations or tickets, visit,
then click on “Links” and download the registration form. Individuals also can call Florence- King at 616-734-9100 for details or more information.

Golfers can call Southmoor at 810-743- 4080 to register for the golf outing.

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