Community golf fundraiser aims to build children’s crisis center

When celebrities, such as former NBA All Star Glen Rice, hit the links on Apr. 1, they will be swinging with a greater good in mind. The annual Glen Rice 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,” Rice said. “I do it because I know the work that CHI does enables children, adults, people of all ages, to live life to their full potential. You can’t win the game if your health is suffering.”

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 45 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.

A significant percentage 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, behavioral health, urgent care, and much more.

CHI is hoping to break ground on the new Dr. Jacquelyn T. Hartley Children’s Crisis Center in South Miami-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 Miami-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.”

The celebrity golf tournament will tee off at 1 p.m. at Shula’s Golf Club, 7601 Miami Lakes Dr. The day includes golf and an awards ceremony/dinner reception afterwards.

To participate or sponsor call 305-252-4853.

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