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City Rescue Mission Hosts Champions Challenge Golf Tournament to benefit area homeless
City Rescue Mission Hosts Champions Challenge Golf Tournament to benefit area homeless

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 30, 2011) – City Rescue Mission (CRM) hosted its third annual Champions Challenge Golf Tournament on Monday, August 29, 2011 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. The tournament raises money to fund programs and initiatives that help the homeless and needy in Northeast Florida get off the streets and back on their feet. City Rescue Mission does not receive any local, state or federal funding, yet is one of North Florida’s largest providers of emergency services and lifebuilding programs to the homeless.


“The Champions Challenge was a huge success and a great way for the Jacksonville community to show their support for our area’s homeless and needy,” said Dan Hicken, WTLV 12 First Coast News Sports Anchor and Honorary Tournament Chairman. “City Rescue Mission does a tremendous job of putting on this event, and the chance to play the Stadium Course is a fantastic opportunity for any golfer. I was honored to be a part of such a great cause.”


The tournament featured 19 teams with a four-person shotgun scramble that started at 1:15 p.m. Each team paid an entry fee of $2,000 and team captains were responsible for coordinating their four players. After the tournament, a dinner and awards ceremony was held in the Sunset Room in the Clubhouse. Trophies were awarded to the low gross and low net teams, and the Grand Trophy (an annual traveling trophy) was presented to the true Champions of the tournament, the team that raised the most money for the men and women in recovery from addiction and homelessness at City Rescue Mission. There were a number of opportunities to win other prizes by entering the tournament raffle and three Hole-in-One contests sponsored by O’Steen Volvo, Underwood Jewelers, Tom Bush BMW and Mike Davidson Ford.  


Sponsorships are always one of the most important aspects of any event. Cecil W. Powell and Company and Lighthouse Christian Schools both stepped us as major sponsors of the tournament, as well as, many other supporting sponsors.


“The golf tournament provides a wonderful opportunity to bring together key members of our donor community for a day of fellowship and recreation, while supporting the mission and vision of City Rescue Mission to change lives and build futures of those in need,” said David Bugher, Executive Director for City Rescue Mission. “We hope that this annual event will become a cornerstone of giving each year for individuals and businesses who have a heart for Jacksonville’s homeless.”


Two of City Rescue Mission’s graduates were recognized at the dinner and shared their journey of recovery.  “Our church is honored to fully support a mission that changes lives and does the important work that City Rescue Mission does.” said Rev. Bill Driscoll of Church of the Redeemer.  “Travis [one of CRM’s graduates] is a result of City Rescue Mission’s Life Builders program and he is, in turn, a shining light at Redeemer.”


City Rescue Mission is a non-profit, faith-based organization in Jacksonville that has provided help to the homeless and needy in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida since 1946. In addition to providing emergency services for the homeless, they offer life-changing programs like the New Day Workforce and LifeBuilders to help the homeless get off the streets and back on their feet. The summer months can be a barren time as the number of donations decrease for City Rescue Mission, which does not receive any local, state or federal funding. For more information on City Rescue Mission, visit

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