The Lazydays Employee Foundation recently announced that it netted more than $105,000 during its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament.
“Awesome is an overused word, but perfectly appropriate in describing the passion for the cause and the response of the foundation’s supporters when we appeal for their help,” said Randy Lay, president of the Lazydays Employee Foundation, in a press release. “As with all of the fundraising activities conducted by the foundation, every dollar goes to support our mission, which is to measurably change the lives of children by instilling hope, inspiring dreams and empowering them with education.”
The golf tournament fundraiser event started with a silent auction for the Lazydays employees, and was followed by a kick-off dinner and silent auction for golfers and sponsors at the Lazydays Crown Club at the retailer’s complex in Seffner, Fla. The next day, 124 golfers arrived at the River Hills Golf and Country Club in Riverview for 18 holes of golf.
“We are very grateful to all of the sponsors and to the companies who donated items for our silent auction. Fundraising is never easy, but when it is for at-risk youth, people are willing to give, which makes our job a little easier,” says Janet Chiodi, the Lazydays Employee Foundation’s chair of fundraising.
The Lazydays Employee Foundation has made the final payment of a $400,000 pledge to build a shelter for abused children in Hillsborough County, Fla., according to the Tampa Business Journal
The foundation, a nonprofit corporation affiliated through the Lazydays RV dealership in Seffner, Fla., presented a ceremonial check for $100,000 to A Kid’s Place, a children’s charity with whom the foundation partnered to build the shelter. Almost all the money raised for the pledge was through voluntary payroll deductions from Lazydays employees, Dana Philip, president of the foundation, said in a release
The Lazydays House, located in Brandon, is a safe haven for children who have been removed by the state from abusive homes and await placement in foster homes. Opened in June it has housed and cared for more than 150 underprivileged, abused and neglected children, the release said.
Previously, no such facility existed in Hillsborough County and children who were removed from abusive domestic circumstances often spent the night in a jail cell or on the floor of a welfare agency, the release said. Siblings often were separated due to space limitations. The new shelter ensures that abused children will remain with their siblings, the release said.
The foundation was formed as a non-profit corporation by the employees of Lazydays in order to enhance their ability to support their community’s at-risk children. To date the employees of Lazydays have generated pledges of over $1 million for children’s charities in the Tampa Bay area. For more information visit www.ldpf.org.