The Forever Friends golf event is held yearly in honor of Nate Richardson, Keith MacCollom, Joey Ruzecki and LeShawn Smith. On Good Friday, April 10, 2009, all four boys, including sole survivor Corey LePore, were involved in a car crash while returning home to make curfew.
The accident devastated the community and families wanted to remember the boys forever. They set up scholarships in their names so that future graduates of Seminole High School and the youth of the community would be able to follow their dreams.
The Keith MacCollom Hoops and Heritage Foundation awards scholarships to senior athletes at Seminole High School. All athletes must attain a 3.2 grade-point average and must be a part of sports program for two years at Seminole High School. They must have a 970 SAT score and must be attending college next year.
The Joey Ruzecki Memorial scholarship fund looks for applicants who are in advanced placement and honors courses who have a 3.4 GPA and have been taking classes that Ruzecki took. These classes included AP Chemistry, American History Honors, Analytical Geometry/Trigonometry Honors and English Honors.
The Nate Richardson Memorial scholarship fund was created for seniors of the Seminole High School baseball and softball teams. They must have been on the teams for at least two years, must have a 3.0 GPA, a 970 SAT and 22 ACT score or better, as well as a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
The winners will receive a one-time monetary award for college expenses.
LeShawn Smith’s family decided to donate his tournament proceeds to the YMCA of Largo. LePore, who was the sole survivor of the crash, partnered with Play4Us to help the youth of Seminole to participate through sports at Seminole Youth Athletic Association.
All of the scholarship opportunities are incorporated as 501C (3) as required by the Internal Revenue Service.
Over the past four years, the Forever Friends tourney has raised more than $100,000 in college scholarships and more than $40,000 in grants for kids.
This year’s tournament will feature more than 140 golfers in a four-player scramble. Each golfer will receive 18 holes of golf with one mulligan and they also will get one ticket for a hole in one opportunity. They also will have the opportunity to compete in a closest to the pin, putting and straightest drive contests.
The tournament will feature a raffle along with a live and silent auction. Dinner will follow the tournament.
The tournament is open to the public and dinner is $25 per person. All dinner and raffle tickets can be purchased at the gate if anyone is looking to attend.
In addition to food and fun, the families will feature photos and videos inside the clubhouse in a designated area.
Lunch for the golfers will begin at noon.
The tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
For more information, visit www.foureverfriends org.
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