Hodges University to Host 2016 Scholarship Gala and Spring Golf Classic to Benefit Men in Higher Education and Veteran Students

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On Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2016, Hodges University will host the 2016 Scholarship Gala and Spring Golf Classic benefiting the Hodges University Men in Higher Education Scholarship Fund and the Scholarship Assistance for Veterans Education Fund (SAVE). The event will be held at The Club at Grandezza in Estero.

Serving as this year's Scholarship Gala presenting sponsor is LeeSar. Bob and Linda Simpson will serve as honorary chairs of the event. Beginning Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., guests will be greeted by a jazz ensemble, stilt walkers, mimes, gourmet cuisine and specially selected premium boutique wines. In addition, silent and live auction items including vacations and gourmet dinners will be available for interested bidders.

On Saturday, April 9, guests will prepare to tee off at the Spring Golf Classic. Val Ward Cadillac will serve as this year’s tournament presenting sponsor, and Danny Pate, vice president of operations at CenturyLink, will serve as honorary chair. Registration and luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m. Entry into the golf tournament includes green fee, cart, player luncheon, player gift and seating at the tournament awards reception, which will be held at the end of play.

“The Scholarship Gala and Spring Golf Classic is one of the most highly anticipated charity events in Southwest Florida,” said Phil Memoli, Hodges’ vice president of university advancement. “The event has raised more than $500,000 in scholarship support for hundreds of Hodges University students who are deserving and in need of financial assistance, as well as our veteran students.” The university will also recognize Dale Mullin, chair of Wounded Warrior Project Charity Golf, for their $25,000 gift to Hodges University’s veteran scholarships.

Currently, Hodges’ Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center assists 222 students consisting of veterans and dependents. According to Christine Manson, director of Hodges’ VSC, 21 percent of veteran students are not receiving any VA educational benefits, 13 percent receive VA educational benefits less than 100 percent, and 66 percent receive VA educational benefits covering 100 percent of tuition. Out of 222 students, 144 are receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested individuals may sponsor either the Scholarship Gala or Spring Golf Classic. Combined event sponsorships are also available and include one golf foursome and a table for eight at the Scholarship Gala.

Tickets for the gala are $195 per person and tickets for the golf tournament are $250 per person. For more information on reservations, sponsorship opportunities and additional ticket pricing, call April May at (239) 598-6153 or email amay@hodges.edu.

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