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Slots still available for Rally on the Green golf fundraiser

Charter schools benefit April 17

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | Apr 1, 2021

The Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation is about 12 golfers shy of filling its slots for the Rally on the Green fundraiser.

“We are 12 shy from hitting our 72 we want for capacity,” Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation Vice President Jen-Hope Belis said. “We have good momentum and I am so excited about that. If you are thinking about golfing, (we would) love for them to come out. We can always change things up if huge demand to make more than 72.”

The two charitable golf tournaments will take place at 8 a.m. for 18 holes and 10 a.m. for 9 holes, Saturday, April 17, at Cape Royal Golf Club, 11460 Royal Tee Circle, in Cape Coral.

The awards luncheon starts at 12 p.m. and wraps up at 1:30 p.m.

Registration, which can be done at www.capecharterfoundation.org, is $100 for the 18-hole tournament and $75 for two for the adult/child combo.

“We really value that time to have with your child,” Belis said.

She said the 9-hole course is intended for a parents and child, as they always try to provide an outlet for students and children to get involved in the fundraiser.

“We have people that take their kindergartners out, it’s a slower pace hole,” she said.

The tournament will include fun contest holes to raise additional funds for the foundation.

“We are trying to shake that part up a little. The idea is just to have fun with it,” Belis said.

The contest holes are sponsored by different businesses in the community and include such games as spinning the wheel for prizes like moving up 10 yards or receiving $5 gift card.

The event also includes a way for non-golfers in both the school system and Cape Coral community to get involved through an online auction, which can be viewed at www.CapeCharterFoundation.org. The auction will end on Saturday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Some of the items available include a week stay on Sanibel, a weekend at Diamondhead, tickets to a Joe Nichols concert, a massage pamper basket and Ring Video doorbell with HD video.

There are also some unique, fun things to bid on during the auction. Some of those items include an awesome parking spot at the Oasis High School, being a principal for the day, a golf outing with lunch afterwards and music lessons.

“It’s been such a tough year for teachers. To see teachers willing to give of themselves when already asked of so much is priceless,” she said.

Unfortunately the Rally on the Green will not include the Family Fun portion this year because with social distancing it did not make sense, she explained.

“We hope to see that come back next year. The golf tournament is very COVID aware. We will stagger out departures of players,” Belis said.

In addition there will be an outside tent, so players can sit both inside or outside for lunch.

“Golf seems to be the one thing that hasn’t shut down this entire time,” she said. “We are excited we are able to do something. This is the only fundraiser we are able to do and it is doing well. The Cape Coral Police Department is golfing. We are getting great community support already.”

The annual fundraiser is held, Belis said, because the charter school system is always underfunded compared to the Lee County District schools.

She said 100 percent of the funds goes back to its four schools.

“We are working really hard at the middle school to create a Maker Space,” Belis said.

To create the space, the media center and its books were moved to a smaller circle to create the Oasis Middle Gator Garage, which has such items as a 3D printer and laser engraver for a hands-on experience with STEM.

“Some of it is going to go back to all four schools in particular to support the STEM initiative we have going on,” Belis said of the proceeds of the benefit.

In addition, she said the beautiful thing about the foundation is its ability to support smaller things such as purchasing a biology series for a middle school teacher, or a teaching easel for an elementary school teacher.

“These are the little mini-grants,” Belis said, adding that they are provided to make things a little easier for teachers.