10TH ANNUAL KENSINGTON SALUTE TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA VETERANS RAISES MORE THAN $128,000 FOR HOME BASE
Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, members of Kensington Golf & Country Club have been successful in raising over $128,000 to benefit Southwest Florida veterans and families through its partnership with Home Base. This brings the 10- year total to well over $1 million since the Club started hosting the Home Base program.
Each year, Kensington Golf & Country Club hosts a scramble-format tournament with all
proceeds from fees and sponsorships going directly to treat local veterans. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Volunteer Committee created a 28-day event that culminated on March 20 th . More than 120 Kensington members/owners contributed to the event through donations and/or playing golf, raising over $132,000, deducting just about 3% expenses.
“We are grateful to the entire Kensington community for this sustained and remarkable fulfillment of trust in our veterans and families over the past 10 years,” said U.S. Army General (ret.) Fred Franks, an Honorary Director and Senior Advisor to Home Base and a member of Kensington. “These generous contributions will enable more local veterans and families to access the lifechanging and lifesaving programs offered by Home Base.”
Home Base is a nonprofit program of the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts
General Hospital. It is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, for veterans of all eras, service members and their families. Kensington hosted its first annual Home Base Family & Golf Outing in 2012.
Home Base SWFL started in 2014 (after the third annual Kensington event) and now includes a full array of programs for invisible wounds of service with the addition of an outpatient clinic with Lee Health on Veterans Day 2019. Another outpatient clinic is anticipated to open by July 4 th of this year in partnership with David Lawrence Center.
“Home Base has been the number one charity sponsored by the Club for over a decade,” said Bob O’Brien, President of Kensington Golf & Country Club. “The money all stays here in Southwest Florida, going directly for the benefit and treatment of local veterans.”
Planning already is underway for next year’s 11th Annual Home Base Family & Golf Outing on Saturday, April 2, 2022. To learn more about participating in the Southwest Florida Home Base program or to help with their critical work, visit www.homebase.org.
Centrally located on 380 acres off Pine Ridge Road just east of Airport-Pulling Road, Kensington Golf & Country Club is one of the more established clubs in North Naples having opened in 1994. The club features a par-71 Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf course that has hosted numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, most recently in May 2016.
The centerpiece of the club is a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse offering casual and formal dining, an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool with cabanas, and year-round social activities. There also are seven Har-Tru tennis courts and a recently renovated fitness center, featuring a Pilates studio.
In 2019, Kensington Golf & Country Club completed a $3.5 million renovation and expansion of its club amenities. Included in the project was a new 150-seat outdoor dining area known as Brighton Pointe. Designed by well-known Naples architect David Humphrey, this open-air building offers a stunning view down the 18th hole of the golf course and features a casual, island style architecture, including a full kitchen and large bar area. It also extends resort style food and beverage service to the adjacent pool.
The club also rebuilt its seven tennis courts and installed four new Pickleball courts, creating a dedicated complex with lights, parking, water fountain, foot washer and social area. For more information on Kensington Golf & Country Club, contact Sara M. James, Director of Membership and Marketing at 239-213-1983 or visit www.kensingtoncc.com.