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BallenIsles Charities Foundation raises $720,000 for local charities

Money was raised during past year by 140-plus volunteers and members at the club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (March 11, 2020) – BallenIsles Country Club’s Charities Foundation announced yesterday that it will donate $720,000 to 42 local charities and organizations in the civic, health & human services, environmental and educational spheres. The $720,000 charity donation includes $665,000 in grants, plus the final payment of $55,000 for the Feed the Hungry Pantry refrigerated truck.

Chere Goldstein (from left), of BallenIsles Charities Foundation; Corey Bessette, EMS chief of Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue; Keith Bryer, fire chief of Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue; and Mark Freeman, president of BallenIsles Charities Foundation
Chere Goldstein (from left), of BallenIsles Charities Foundation; Corey Bessette, EMS chief of Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue; Keith Bryer, fire chief of Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue; and Mark Freeman, president of BallenIsles Charities Foundation

Funds were raised over the past year by 140-plus dedicated volunteers and BallenIsles Country Club members through various fundraising events, including the Serena Williams Tennis Charity Event that took place on Monday, December 23, 2019. Williams and tennis professionals such as Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Johan Kriek and Ann Grossman donated their time so that all proceeds could be distributed to The BallenIsles Charities Foundation.

“Together we’re ‘Making a Difference,’” said President of The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Mark Freeman. “Reaching our fundraising goal is a credit to the caring community of BallenIsles and the overwhelming support of our residents.”

Since The BallenIsles Charities Foundation was established in 2011 with the mission of raising awareness and money for needed community programs, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.7 million in grants.

For more information on The BallenIsles Charities Foundation, visit www.ballenislescharitiesfoundation.org. For more information on BallenIsles Country Club, visit www.BallenIsles.org

ABOUT BALLENISLES CHARITIES FOUNDATION
The BallenIsles Charities Foundation was established in 2011 with the goal of Making a Difference to local not-for-profit organizations in areas surrounding our residential community located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The launch of the Foundation underscored a commitment to those civic and tax exempt organizations that make such a difference, not only to our own residents, but to so many of our neighbors in the surrounding cities, towns and communities. Our donors recognized that by working together they could make a significant positive impact providing financial and in-kind support in these areas: Civic, Health & Human Services, Environment, and Education.

ABOUT BALLENISLES COUNTRY CLUB
In 1963 legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the PGA of America teamed up with golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a championship-caliber golf facility. Over the next ten years, BallenIsles, then called PGA National Golf Club, hosted numerous major tournaments like the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors Championship and was home for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The Club was also the host site for the original PGA TOUR Qualifying School and held the inaugural PGA Merchandise Show. When the MacArthur/PGA of America agreement expired in 1973, the Club was renamed the JDM Country Club for John D. MacArthur. For the next 15 years, the prestigious local country club hosted many celebrities and professional golfers and staged many events on the three golf courses on the property. In 1988, the three golf courses and surrounding property were sold by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and renamed BallenIsles Country Club. A multi-year and multimillion dollar plan to develop a private country club community was unveiled. Since the early 2000’s, BallenIsles Country Club has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America.

A $35 million clubhouse renovation was completed in November 2018, featuring 115,000 square feet of luxurious space; three championship courses with 54 holes of golf; a world-class 23-court tennis complex including an exhibition tennis court and pickleball courts; and a state-of-the-art Sports Complex with a full service Cosmo & Company spa and salon, fitness center, Pilates & spin studios and resort-style swimming pool.

About Troon
BallenIsles Country Club is professionally managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 485-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 43 states and 31 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include The Club at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Florida; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Media Contacts:
Becky Collison
BallenIsles Country Club
Director of Marketing & Communication
561.249.5818
bcollison@Ballenisles.com

Rob Myers
Troon
480.477.0506
rmyers@troon.com