Tom Glavine, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Braves’ pitcher; Chris Glavine, wife of Tom Glavine; and the Seaside School Foundation, Inc. teamed up to host an inaugural golf tournament which raised $90,000 benefiting the Seaside School Foundation. The day-long golf tournament took place on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 at Watersound Club’s Shark’s Tooth Golf Course in Panama City Beach.
The first-year tournament attracted 144 golfers and many corporate and local business sponsors. The funds will directly benefit the Seaside School, Inc., Florida’s oldest continuously operated public charter school and recently ranked #3 combination school in the State of Florida.
“As new full-time residents of the area, we wanted to get more involved in our community. My field of dreams golf tournament benefiting the Seaside School was a great first step. We were humbled by the overwhelming support our community showed. We look forward to growing this event in the years to come,” said Tom Glavine. “Local public schools make such a positive difference in our community and my family feels passionately about giving back to educational efforts that directly support youth.”
Of the 36 teams four-person teams that teed-off, the winners of the tournament were 1st net score winners: Suzy Stanley, Brian Widman, Bill Widman and Jim Babb with Porth & Associates and 1st gross score winners: Lee Johnson, Ben Edwards, Cory Fosdyck and Adam York with Cory Fosdyck | Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
This event is made possible by the generosity of its participants, but especially the contributions of title sponsors The St. Joe Community Foundation, Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty and Coastal Ridge Real Estate. Additionally, Pickles Burgers and Shakes, located in Seaside, donated a delicious hamburger lunch to all golfers and volunteers. Gulf Coast Turf hosted a unique putting contest offering $10,000 to anyone who could successfully make a 10 foot putt, 30 foot putt and 50 foot putt. Doug Martin, the Northwest Florida State College baseball coach, was successful at nailing the first two attempts.
“We are incredibly grateful for our sponsors of all levels and players who made this event possible and whose generous contributions helped shatter all expectations for a first-year event,” said Teresa Horton, executive director of the Seaside School Foundation, Inc. “Our special school is incredibly fortunate to have dedicated supporters like the Glavine family.”
After the tournament, players attended a reception held in the course’s clubhouse featuring a silent and live auction which showcased sports memorabilia. Signed balls and jerseys provided by the Atlanta Braves Foundation were hot ticket items. The live auction featured four tickets to an upcoming Atlanta Braves game, hotel stay and a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Braves’ stadium which went for close to $10,000.
All funds raised support the Seaside School, Inc., Florida’s oldest continuously operated public charter school and recently ranked #3 combination school in the State of Florida.
About the Seaside School Foundation, Inc.
The Foundation’s primary mission is to take a long-term approach to raise, invest and spend funds in support of The Seaside School, Inc. and to steward those funds so they provide support in perpetuity. The Foundation raises money and grants funds to the School to help the School fulfill its mission and educate children. The Foundation’s primary mission is to take a long-term approach to raise, invest and spend funds in support of The Seaside School, Inc. and to steward those funds so they provide support in perpetuity. The Foundation raises money and grants funds to the School to help the School fulfill its mission and educate children.
About the Seaside School, Inc.
Founded in 1996, The Seaside School, Inc. was one of the first and is now the oldest operating public charter schools in the state of Florida. Seaside School was ranked the #3 combination school in the State of Florida for the 2020-2021 school year. Its original goal was simple – create a school to address the need for better middle school education in Walton County – and it hasn’t stopped since. Seaside School now has over 375 students across two campuses serving grades 5th through 12th. Seaside Neighborhood School serves 5th through 8th grades and is located in the iconic beach town of Seaside, Florida. Located on the campus of nearby Northwest Florida State College, Seacoast Collegiate High School serves 9th through 12th grades offering students the ability to graduate high school with an associate college degree.
The vision of The Seaside School, Inc. is to maintain a small school with faculty knowledgeable about each student’s abilities and challenges, so that they can offer increased support to each student to meet those challenges and increase their skills to perform successfully in all academic areas. The Board of Directors seeks to sustain an educational community where an emphasis on academic excellence is complemented by the concern for each learner’s personal growth and intellectual, aesthetic and psychological development. The curriculum is developmentally responsive – actively engaging students in learning skills in context, integrative – directing students to connect learning to daily lives, and exploratory – enabling students to discover their abilities, interests, learning styles, and ways that they can make contributions to society.