Celebrity golf tournament to benefit CHI programs

When celebrities like NFL athletes Robert Bailey and Adewale Ogunleye hit the links on Mar. 29 they will be swinging with a greater good in mind. The annual celebrity golf tournament raises funds for the non-profit healthcare company, Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI).

“I am so proud to be a part of this fundraiser,” Bailey said. “It helps to remind us all that healthcare should not be a luxury. The work that CHI does is nothing short of game changing in the lives of thousands of people.”

For all too many South Floridians, access to quality healthcare seems unaffordable. Yet there is a place that is a beacon of hope for the uninsured and underinsured. For 42 years, Community Health of South Florida Inc. has been providing medical care to those who would otherwise go without doctor’s visits, medication and life saving treatments.

The majority of CHI patients do not have the resources to pay for medical care. With nearly 300,000 patient visits in 2012, CHI is a neighborhood resource that gives and goes beyond the call of duty. Its comprehensive medical services offer a wide array of care under one roof: family medicine, pediatrics, Ob-gyn, radiology, pharmacy, dental, mental health, vision and more.

In the near future the non-profit company is hoping to break ground on a new Children’s Crisis Center in Homestead. The center will specialize in treating children who have been victimized by abuse and kids with psychological issues. Right now there is no such place in the South Miami-Dade area.

“This is a resource that the community can no longer afford to go without,” said Brodes Hartley, CEO and president of CHI. “The Children’s Crisis Center is a sanctuary to heal these young fragile lives and put them on the path for success.”

CHI has seven convenient locations throughout South Dade and also is expanding into three new healthcare centers, creating a coverage area that stretches from the Florida Keys to Coconut Grove.

The Robert Bailey/Glen Rice Celebrity Golf Tournament raises money for all of services that CHI provides. Tee off time is 1 p.m. on Mar. 29 at Shula’s Golf Club in Miami Lakes. Registration is $200 and includes green/cart fees, lunch, refreshments, gift bags, awards ceremony and dinner presentation. Sponsorship opportunities also are available for teams looking to tee off together.

For more information call 305-255- 3500.

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