Century 21 Blue Marlin will host their fifth annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club. In recognition of the charity’s fifth year of supporting local non-profits, the 2017 Blue Marlin Charity Golf Tournament will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, Lighthouse Family Retreat, Special Olympics — Okaloosa County, Trees on the Coast and Youth Village.

“It is such a milestone for us to have reached our fifth year of charitable giving through our Blue Marlin Charity Golf Tournament,” said Century 21 Blue Marlin Co-Broker Jerry Sullivan. “After meeting with our tournament board of directors we knew we had to do something big for the 2017 tournament celebrating half a decade. We hope with the help of the community, sponsors and past tournament participants that we can raise the largest amount yet for these five diverse and deserving local charities.”

Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal sanctuary and adoption center located in Freeport. A member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Alaqua believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance.

Lighthouse Family Retreat serves families living through childhood cancer by creating environments on seaside retreats where they can rest, restore relationships, experience joy and find hope in God. 

Special Olympics — Okaloosa County provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Trees on the Coast is dedicated to improving Okaloosa and Walton counties' beauty through planting, conservation and education.

Youth Village Inc is an organization in Fort Walton Beach for children in kindergarten to eighth grade. It was formed in 1999 to create a safe place to provide various educational and recreational services to children ages 5-16 in our community.

The tournament will begin with registration at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entrance fees are $150 for individual players or $500 to sign up a foursome. All tournament players will receive complimentary meals, cocktails, and an after party and awards ceremony following the tournament at the Regatta Bay Clubhouse. The tournament and after party are open to the public. Golfers can register a team or individually at Century 21 Blue Marlin’s Destin office, 607 Harbor Boulevard or at the Regatta Bay Clubhouse.

To date, the Century 21 Blue Marlin Charity Golf Tournament has raised approximately $85,000 for local charities including The Mary Lynn Burnette Foundation, The Taylor Haugen Foundation, Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue and, most recently, Silver Sands School.

A number of local businesses and community sponsors have already stepped forward as sponsors of the upcoming 2017 Charity Golf Tournament, including 98 Realty & Property Management Company LLC, A-1 Electric of Destin Incorporated, Another Broken Egg, Bracken Law, PA, Central Payment NWF, Chandra Rich of Century 21 Blue Marlin, Chris Wallace of Century 21 Blue Marlin, Community Bank, Curtis Ladwig with Bank of England, Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar, Destination Segway Tours, Inc., Emerald Coast Staging, Henderson Beach Resort, Hooters, Jacqui Luberto of Century 21 Blue Marlin, Jim Wheeler Repairs, Jordan Dennis of Century 21 Blue Marlin, Landshark’s Pizza, Lee Nissan, Luxury Estates Auction Group, Matthews & Jones LLP, Michel Spencer, ORR Quality Pre-Owned of Destin, Prime Lending: Kotowskie Team, Proffitt PR, Sonja Revells, Stefanie Greenwood of Century 21 Blue Marlin, Team Moore - Century 21 Blue Marlin, Tranquil Waves Massage, Trees on the Coast, Victoria Hughes of Century 21 Blue Marlin and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Media and in-kind sponsors include The Beachcomber, Beaches, Resorts & Parks, Cumulus Broadcasting, The Destin Log, Northwest Florida Daily News, Red8 Creative, SoWal.com, VIP Destin Magazine and The Walton Sun.

A number of sponsorships are still available. For more information on sponsorship, volunteering or to register to play, please contact Lexi Willcoxon at Lexi@ProffittPR.com or call 850-460-7777.