St. Johns, Florida — The first annual K-9s United Golf Tournament brought out more than 80 golfers on a misty, gray morning at St. Johns Golf & Country Club on October 5. But the overcast skies did not dampen any spirits, as golfers, volunteers and onlookers watched K-9 demonstrations before heading out to the links.
The golf tournament was the first event sponsored by the non-profit. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to purchase supplies for K-9 dogs and units in the Northeast Florida area. The tournament’s first place team included Blake Powers, Ian Kincaid, Patrick Cruz and Brent Baote. The second place team included Cary Cowan, Evan Berlin, Aaron Gauthier, and JP Pearce. Attending this year’s “Losers Clinic” was the team of Ray Adams, Jonathan Leija, Jim McDermott, and Jay Cobb.
The success of the event was due in large part to the generosity of local companies that sponsored the golf tournament, Johnson said. The sponsors included:
Next Financial Group
Florida Air Recovery
Atlantic Veterinary Hospital
Craig Funeral Home
Exit 1 Stop Realty
Tilley, Callahan & Speiser
Among those donors were Brumos, JetBlue, Sammons Retirement, Maple Street Biscuit Company, Metro Diner, Dunkin Donuts, Caddy Shack, Autobahn, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Veterans United Craft Brewery, Burkhardt Distributing, Phantom Fireworks, Cheesecake Factory, Flying Iguana, Marker 32, Campeche Bay, Rockaway Garden, Wyland Galleries, Designed Events, A1 Stoneworld, Concrete Creations, Everything Bagel and Construction, Solutions and Supply LLC, Caddy Clipz, Founders Wealth, Kendyl Ahlgrim and Sue Stusnick.
Johnson also thanked the volunteers who assisted with the event: Ashley Berg, Angie Byrd, Ali Powers, Tina Callahan, Kim DeLettre, Irina Lawlor, Deb Potash, Tracie Saad, and Beth Maxim.
“We were just overwhelmed with the support we received for this first event,” Johnson said. “ It was amazing to see how many of the golfers and sponsors had been touched by the death of Baron and wanted to do something to recognize the sacrifices of these special dogs.
“At a time when law enforcement officers around the country are coming under fire, it was really special to see so many people coming out to honor them here in Northeast Florida,” she said.
Johnson is working on the next fundraising event, which will be a 5K walk/run to be held next Spring. To see photos from the golf tournament or to make a donation toK-9s United, visit K9sUnited.org.