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The Tommy Bohanon Foundation is looking for playmakers to help it achieve its goals this year.

And it all starts at the foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the fourth annual Playmakers Tailgate Party, to be held Saturday, June 11 at The Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers, from 6-10 p.m. h.

“It’s really the only fundraiser we do all year that is specifically for fundraising,” said Tommy Bohanon, president of the eponymous foundation. “It’s our version of a gala, but it’s much more relaxed. We want people to feel comfortable, have a good time and raise money for a good cause.

Tickets are $100 and include a live auction, silent auction, raffles, food, drink and prizes. Local comedian RC Smith will co-host with Bohanon

Last year, the event raised more than $75,000, which provided a large portion of the $170,000 the foundation raised in total to send two first-generation college students and provide 30 $000 in sports equipment.

The goal this year is to raise $100,000, something never thought of when the event was first held in 2019.

“When we started this, we didn’t know if it would be a huge moneymaker. We wanted to raise awareness of the foundation and get more community partners,” said Katie Bohanon, Executive Director. “The first year, we pocketed $32,000. During COVID 2020, we raised $55,000 and held the event in a dance studio. All the money goes back into our programs.

One of the goals is to award a $40,000 scholarship to an individual student to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the foundation.

The community can help the foundation achieve these goals by becoming a sponsor, either with a corporate playmaker sponsorship package of up to $5,000 or program advertising; donating a gift basket and other silent auction items or purchasing event tickets.

The Tommy Bohanon Foundation helps young athletes reach their highest potential on and off the field. Its goal is to ensure that generational poverty ends through the athletes who are part of its community outreach programs and events.

Among these programs are the Man Up! The football seminar and clinic is held each June at North Fort Myers High School. The foundation also provides a sports equipment grant to area schools and scholarships to deserving student-athletes.

“Whenever there is a need in the community, we try to shoot where we can and try to get people to come out and fundraise for different people,” said Katie Bohanon.

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Joseph K. Bennett