The travel retail industry in North America turned out in force to help support the 2nd annual Duty Free Americas Charity Golf Tournament Sept. 10, raising $250,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. Last year, at the inaugural DFA Charity Golf Tournament, the company raised over $180,000 for Breast Cancer Research.
More than 200 golfers, a dozen tennis players, and scores of other duty free suppliers and service providers participated in the 2015 event at the beautiful Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Florida.
DFA completely underwrote the event, with 100% of the monies raised through sponsorships, raffle and auctions, and donations going to the charity.
This year’s chosen charity recipient for the DFA Golf tournament, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, is tasked with finding a cure for NR — a genetic disorder that affects one in every 3,000 people and can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Complications from NF can lead to disfigurement, deafness, blindness, skeletal abnormalities, learning disabilities, malignancies and debilitating pain.
The disease affects all populations equally and there is not yet a cure.
“We are real believers in giving back to the community and we are always looking for charities in which we can make a difference. NF is such a worthy cause. There are so many people that suffer from this disease, it is unbelievable. We heard about it, researched it and are devoting this year’s proceeds to it. We will find another charity to support next year,” DFA CEO Jerome Falic tells TMI.
“Thank you everyone here for making a difference. It is all about making the world a better place. We are all about giving back, but we couldn’t do it without you,” said Jerome Falic during his opening remarks at the cocktail/dinner
Falic gave special thanks to Jon Bonchick, for suggesting the idea of a charity event, and Dania Roig and the rest of the DFA staff, for their stellar results in organizing the event.
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