Little Bill’s Invitational
Little Bill’s 7th Annual Invitational: November 22, 2019
Little Bill’s Invitational is an annual charity golf tournament in support of Mona’s Fight Against MS and the Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville, FL. Hosted by Bill Little and Thomas Group Realty, the tournament is in its firth year taking place on November 22, 2019, at the Gainesville Golf & Country Club.
With the support of hole sponsors and golf teams, the tournament raises funds for Mona’s Fight Against MS and the Child Advocacy Center, with a fun-filled day of golf, music, refreshments, and prizes.
About Mona’s Fight Against MS
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS); Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis, or loss of vision. There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis.
In 1991, Mona Pooser was diagnosed with MS and began treatments that were conventionally available at the time. In 1994, after her disease progressively worsened, she was confined to a wheelchair and told by her doctors that she would never walk again. Mona began her own research project to find an exercise program that might help her get her life back to normal. After two years of being driven to the rehab center, helped into the pool, doing an hour of intense specific aerobics, and then going back home in the wheelchair, a miracle occurred: She got out of the chair and walked to the car. Of course, she had some assistance, but she has never needed that chair again, 17 years later.
Big changes came in 2012 with the Affordable Health Act, many of Mona’s medications are not covered because they are considered experimental, and there are new, large co-payments. When several of her friends found out about her situation, they approached her partner, Bill Little, with an idea about a golf tournament where all the proceeds would go into an account to help offset her expenses. The result is Little Bill’s Invitational. In the spirit of charity and community, Bill and Mona attribute a split of the funds to the Child Advocacy Center as well as raise awareness for their programs through the tournament.
(Bill Little, Little Bill’s Invitational Founder, and Coordinator)
The Child Advocacy Center
The Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville, Florida, provides a child-friendly, safe, and supportive environment for abused and neglected children. Through the Center, a team of professionals from multiple different agencies works together to coordinate investigations and interventions for each child abuse case.
Under the strong leadership of our Board of Directors and through partnerships with other local agencies, we have developed effective programs that are bringing hope and healing to victims of child abuse and their families.
We now must look to the future, and to that end, we are focusing our efforts on creating a permanent home for the Child Advocacy Center. We envision “Jay’s Place,” an accredited Center that will house members of each agency involved in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child maltreatment. We need the extra space to satisfy every standard of the National Accreditation, this is vital to our growth, and we need your support in helping us succeed. Our goal is to find a building that will be community-based, child-friendly, accessible and large enough so that all abused children can be served under one roof in a compassionate and holistic environment.
This is our chance to ensure that all of our children receive the compassionate care they deserve; an opportunity to create the premier Child Advocacy Center in the State of Florida. Little Bill’s Invitational is an effort to support this vision, a portion of all proceeds from this event benefit developing programs to reach our goals.
(Sherry Kitchens, President/CEO, Child Advocacy Center)
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