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MBF Golf Tournament Raises More than $187,000 for Child Abuse Prevention Education

October 30th, 2018 · Leave a Comment

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF) recently hosted the 21st Annual LENNAR and MBF Champions for Child Safety Pro Am Golf Tournament Presented by Drummond where 24 professional golfers teamed up with 96 amateur golfers to play for a cause.

From left, Tournament chairman MG Orender, MBF President and CEO Lynn Layton, MBF Chairman Ed Burr, and tournament honorary chairmen and pro golfers Mark McCumber and Jim Furyk

The annual tournament raised more than $187,000 for MBF’s child abuse and bullying prevention education programs, which include MBF Child Safety Matters® and MBF Teen Safety Matters®. The tournament took place at the prestigious Palencia Club in St. Augustine and was chaired by honorary chairmen and pro golfers Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, and Mark McCumber, and tournament chairman MG Orender.

“To date, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children has trained more than 3,000 facilitators, who have reached more than 2.5 million children with our programs,” said Lynn Layton, President and CEO of MBF. “Our success is in large part thanks to our golfers and volunteers. We are so grateful for their continued partnership and sponsorship of child safety. Together, we continue to do more and create new programming to reach even more children and youth.”

The big winners for the day were England-Thims and Miller, Inc. who were accompanied by pro golfer Garrett Willis.

Based in Jacksonville, MBF’s prevention education programs educate and empower students and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse and other types of child abuse, as well as bullying and cyberbullying including internet safety. MBF’s prevention programs are comprehensive in both content and audience and evidence-informed and evidence-based – the latter designation was just given to MBF’s Child Safety Matters® curriculum after a randomized controlled trial to test the program’s effectiveness. The findings were statistically significant, which makes MBF Child Safety Matters® a first of its kind approach for child abuse prevention.

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