Far more than exceptional golf, tennis, fitness, and spa, this private club community generously pays tribute to its community and reputable charities each year. With magnificent dining venues, world-class amenities, and an endless social calendar, St. Andrews’ philanthropy events continue to raise the bar—especially this year’s Play for P.I.N.K. event. Raising over $100k for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Play for P.I.N.K. broke Club records and its achievements will not be forgotten. Discover what Shelley Harris and her committee did to make this St. Andrews Country Club charity event so successful.
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This season’s goal, like those in past years, was to hold a tennis and golf event where members could gather in pink to show continued support for Play for P.I.N.K. (PFP). All donations made benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), but thanks to the underwriting by the Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign, this year PFP was able to donate 100% of its proceeds to BCRF. BCRF is largely recognized by St. Andrews members, though the Foundation’s established studies and dedication to breast cancer research draw in even more support from our South Florida community.
BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world and the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. In October 2020, BCRF awarded grants to support the work of nearly 275 scientists in leading medical and academic institutions across the world. PFP is currently funding 24 of these brilliant researchers. BCRF-funded researcher Dr. William Kaelin won the 2019 Nobel Prize for his discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. These findings have paved the way for promising new strategies to fight a wide range of disorders, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, anemia, and many others. St. Andrews is proud to be among many who support such a life-changing cause.
Generous St. Andrews’ Member Participation
Each Club charity event brings in countless attendees, but it is the St. Andrews staff and volunteer members who we must thank for the club’s successes. This year PFP wouldn’t have been made possible without the 40 tennis players, 10 Pickleball players, and the entire St. Andrews Tennis Staff led by Aaron Krickstein, chaired by Barbara Broder, Deborah Gross and Lindsay Hennessey; their support was truly invaluable. Unsung helpers like Judi Falk, Nancy Schiller, and Jane Davis, along with Jennifer Capuano and Chef Steve Viggiano who negotiated any and all behind-the-scenes challenges, are among those we must thank for Play for P.I.N.K.’s seamless execution and achievements. The entire Golf staff, led by Paul Clivio, Mike Johnson, Terry Farino, Jordan Mathers, Tyler Lunderville, Austin Lake, Victoria Mathews and her lovely ladies must be recognized as well.
Considering the safety and wellbeing of St. Andrews residents, this season undoubtedly tested everyone’s ability to make decisions differently, but the pro shop always discovered the right ways to solve every problem. PFP Chairwoman, Shelley Harris, has had the opportunity to work with “a group of the most capable women anyone could have on a committee” over the last seven years. Harris noted that “with Arlene Ruff as treasurer, Judy Cooperman as sponsorship chair, and Alice Kent as advisor, I never had to worry that we would succeed.” These strong women have paved the way for even more exquisite charity events in St. Andrews’ future, but believe “it is time for a new group of ladies to take the lead in season 2022. We will all be there to show you the way if you want our help.”
At the completion of our Play for P.I.N.K. tournament, the ladies had raised $80,000. By switching the Men’s Tournament from Wednesday to Saturday the men raised over $20,000 (more than triple raised in prior years) bringing the total for the week to $100,622. The unparalleled generosity of the St. Andrews community made this year’s charitable journey something the Club will never forget.
St. Andrews Country Club offers a vibrant, premier lifestyle from philanthropic events to resort-style amenities and world-class dining. Its distinctions include a “Distinguished Club of the World” and a “Top Ten Healthiest Clubs in America,” and its world-class amenities make life a permanent vacation. With superior amenities, including two 18-hole championship golf courses and virtually no tee times. It is home to LPGA touring professional and resident Morgan Pressel. Aaron Krickstein, formerly ranked No. 6 in the world, oversees the tennis program and 14 clay courts. The Club offers a full service, award-winning spa & salon, fitness center, four restaurants, three pools, Kids Club, playground, air-conditioned game rooms and catering space for up to 350. Their location within Boca Raton puts them near some of the city’s highlights, ranging from Florida Atlantic University, the Wick Theatre, and some of Florida’s best beaches.
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