ORLANDO – To begin OUC’s centennial anniversary, the utility donated tournament proceeds of $10,000 each to 10 charities in Orange and Osceola counties. Each strives to make a difference through economic development, education, environmental stewardship and social impact. More than $100,000 has been raised to support 10 beneficiaries – the most in event history and double that of previous tournaments.
Since 1995, OUC’s annual Charity Golf Tournament has donated nearly $1 million benefitting 66 local charities. Along with more than 50 sponsors who participated in this year’s event, OUC is proud to donate proceeds to nonprofits including A Gift for Teaching, Canine Companions, Central Florida Community Arts and others. A full list of beneficiaries is below:
- A Gift for Teaching serves as the primary provider of free school supplies for teachers and students in Orange and Osceola county public schools.
- Canine Companions provides service dogs at no cost to adults, children and veterans with disabilities, and facility dogs to professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice and educational settings.
- Central Florida Community Arts strives to create a safe place where the arts are affordable and accessible to all.
- Florida Urban Forestry Council educates the citizens of Florida on the benefits of trees and the importance of preserving, managing and sustaining the urban forest.
- Grace Medical Home serves the ongoing physical, spiritual, mental health and dental needs of low-income uninsured residents in Orange County.
- Legends Academy develops tomorrow’s leaders through STEM-focused education for students from Kindergarten through 8th-grade.
- National Entrepreneur Center provides educational programming, industry expertise and assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Central Florida.
- Osceola Council on Aging provides services to enable independence and self-sufficiency for seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty.
- St. Cloud Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program designed to encourage economic development and historic preservation in St. Cloud.
- McCormick Research Institute is a nonprofit based in St. Cloud that provides equine therapy to veterans and individuals with special needs.