Golfers still have time to register for Eli Foundation Charity Golf Outing

— Community members interested in playing golfing in the Eli Foundation Charity Golf Outing still have time to register. The charity golf outing is Sept. 18 at Southmoor Golf Course, G-4312 S. Dort Hwy. The foundation needs 250 golfers for the first ever, double shot-gun start to accomplish the goal of the Eli Foundation.

To realize the double, shot-gun start, golfers are still needed and can register directly at Southmoor by calling 810-743-4080.

“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 Al Serra, who is a sponsor, is giving use of a brand new car for the weekend as a hole-in-one prize, in addition to 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.

Following the golf outing, there will be a 4 p.m. meal, followed by a live auction at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and auction are $10 per person, and individuals interested in attending need to contact Florence-King at living4him1966@
for details.

The auction features items worth more than $8,000, and includes a gift certificate for a one-year Genesys Athletic Club membership with locker and nameplate; a signed, rear quarter panel off of the 2005 Winston Cup Points Winner’s Home Depot car; 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.

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.

“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 or to make a donation, visit
Individuals also can call Florence-King at 616-734-9100 or e-mail her at

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