Our members have always been deeply committed to, and actively engaged in, philanthropic projects through The Loxahatchee Club. While some endeavors are directed at large, national causes, most are focused on helping improve the lives of our staff and the local community that we share. The generosity and enthusiastic participation seen year in and year out is one of the defining aspects of membership in the Club. Loxahatchee is proud to be an engaged citizen of Palm Beach County - one with compassion for those less fortunate and a determination to do something about the problems that exist. New members are encouraged to get involved to perpetuate this club wide passion and, perhaps bring new ideas to expand the scope of our efforts.
Since the Club's inception, an affiliation with Jupiter Medical Center has been a integral part of the Club's history. The proximity of the hospital to Loxahatchee, as well as the vision of the hospitals' founders with regards to the surrounding community, made the relationship a natural fit. Each year, the Club holds a Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Jupiter Medical Center. Proceeds from these tournaments are placed in an endowment account. The Club recently contributed $1,350,000 from that fund to support a new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Pediatric Rehab Program.
The pink ribbons associated with breast cancer awareness are regularly seen around the Club. Each January, our members send a large contingent to the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event is West Palm Beach. Additionally, a Play for P.I.N.K golf tournament is held each January with proceeds benefiting the breast cancer research foundation.
The Chuck Smith Golf Classic was created in 2009 to honor the memory of a much-loved Member, Chuck Smith, and to support the cause that was so dear to his heart, Special Olympics Florida. Not only has his granddaughter Gillian benefited greatly from her participation in this organization, but Loxahatchee resident Lindsay Fulop as well. The success of this annual event is the result of the extraordinary diligence, passion and skill of the organizing committee made up of Loxahatchee Members, allowing the tournament to realize its fundraising potential.
The Loxahatchee Club Educational Foundation emanated from the Club's long-standing Scholarship Foundation. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to provide scholarship grants to employees, children of employees, caddies, and others who have contributed to the betterment of The Loxahatchee Club and Community. The Foundation has been expanded to provide grants to schools, hospitals, and other educational and charitable institutions for the benefit of greater Jupiter. This is the base upon which we continue to build a strong source of financial support for those who are part of our "Loxahatchee Family," and who are pursuing personal advancement through education. Historically, approximately 80 percent of our membership has contributed to the Educational Foundation, rewarding over 100 scholarship recipients.
The Foundation has been expanded to provide grants to schools, hospitals, and other educational and charitable institutions for the benefit of greater Jupiter. Loxahatchee supports Jupiter Elementary School. The Foundation's support has been a vital part of the school's success and their "A" rating. On an individual basis, many Members have opted to participate in the Adopt-a-Class sponsorship. These donations go directly to a particular class enabling the teacher to support the academic instruction of students.