Golf tournament to raise funds to build children’s crisis center

When celebrities like NFL pro athletes Robert Bailey and Adewale Ogunleye hit the links on Apr. 4, they will be swinging with a greater good in mind. The annual celebrity golf tournament raises funds for a variety of programs at 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 more than 40 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. 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 and much more.

CHI is hoping to break ground on a new Children’s Crisis Center in South Dade next to its Doris Ison Health Center at 10300 SW 216 St. The center would 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 Dade area, causing some families to drive all the way to Hialeah from the Keys and Homestead.

“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 10 convenient locations with a coverage area that stretches from the Florida Keys to Coconut Grove.

The celebrity golf tournament will tee off at noon at Shula’s Golf Club, 7601 Miami Lakes Dr., on Friday, Apr. 4.

CHI also will host a VIP reception the night before on Apr. 3, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, 10701 SW 211 St.


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