It was a fabulous day at Deerwood Country Club on Wednesday, April 18th for the 16th Annual River Garden Classic, sponsored by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes & Cemeteries. In celebration of The Golden Age of Golf, players arrived to traditional bagpipe music, and were greeted by volunteers dressed as flappers and 2 beautiful vintage cars on display, courtesy of Dana’s Limousine. After registration and lunch, golfers took to the course where they tested their skills at chipping contests and other games. The day ended with a reception and awards presentation emceed by Jacksonville radio personality Robbie Rose of 99.1 WQIK.
This year's tournament raised more than $71,000 to benefit The Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric Training Center at River Garden and the students who graduate into a new caring profession as Certified Nursing Assistants. Since the tournament’s inception in 1997, more than $975,000 has been raised.
A very special thank you goes out to long time event Co-chairs, Mark Lodinger and Michael Price, for their leadership and dedication. This marked Price’s twelfth year as chairman and Lodinger’s sixteenth. River Garden also extends a special thank you to all of our generous sponsors, committee members, volunteers, players and staff who worked together to make this event successful. To learn more about the River Garden Foundation and our Golf Classic, email Kathy Osterer at kosterer@RiverGarden.org or call 904-886-8430
Tournament Sponsors Included:
Title Sponsor: Janne & Jody Brandenburg/Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes & Cemeteries
Reception Sponsor: Greene-Hazel & Associates, Inc.
Master Sponsors: Dermatology & Laser Center – Dr. & Mrs. Fred Eaglstein, The DuBow Family Foundation, Inc., Elise Bear & William D. Pollak Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., First Coast Security, Frisch Family, Curtis & Jenny Hazel – In Memory of Lt. Col. Thomas A. Hazel, Mark Lodinger & Associates, Ponce de Leon LTC RRG, Inc. and Uni-Ter Underwriting Mgmt. Corporation, Jack Price & Miriam Finegold-Price, Price and Zenick Families, Stellar Foundation
Corporate Sponsors: Aetna, Baptist Medical Center South, Gulf South Medical Supply, Haven Hospice, M & J, Betty & Michael Sorna – In Memory of Carl Demery, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Jacksonville, Michael & Jill Weiss – In Honor of His Parents, Larry & Stacie Wilf
Beverage Cart Sponsors: Community Hospice, Duss, Kenney, Safer, Hampton & Joos, PA, Healthcare’s Cooperative Credit Union, LBA Certified Public Accountants, Toney Construction Co.
Hole Sponsors: Alex & Scot Ackerman, Argyle Ventures - Donziger/Leve, Batesville Casket Company, Harriet & Ernie Brodsky, Easy Edit Video, Dr. & Mrs. Harvey Eber – In Memory of Dave & Alice Eber and Bessie Gamce, Ed Waters & Sons Contracting, Susan & Ron Elinoff, The Foody Family, Mark Green, Susan & Martin A. Goetz, ‘In Honor of Symme Price’ – By Her Five Children, ‘In Memory of Bill Goldstein’ With Love From The Goldstein, Maiman & Sever Families, John Hancock Financial Network – The Della Porta Agency, GolfTEC, Integrity Removal, Randy Kammer & Jeff Wollitz, Rabbi Joshua & Rebecca Lief, MARCO, MMI Dining Systems, Native Sun Natural Foods, Osterer Construction Company, Pajcic & Pajcic, Deena & Jim Richman, Kim & David Robbins, Howard Roey Family, Lorry & Paul Rothstein, Roy Miller, CPA, Sekine, Rasner & Brock, OB-GYN, Linda & David Stein, Sysco Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Bank, The Parts House, The Tree Amigos Outdoor Services, Trane, Watson Realty/Susan McEwen, Sanford Zimmerman/Morgan Stanley Smith Barney