It was a spectacular day yesterday. Clear skies, no humidity, a nice breeze blowing and temperature in the low 80’s. You could not ask for a better day for the 1st Annual Nancy Franklin Flippin’ Mullet Open Charity Golf Tournament. Held at the Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Club, the event was a sell-out with close to 80 golfers participating.
Last year the Village of Cortez lost a very special lady, Nancy Franklin. Anyone who knew Nancy has a very special place in their heart for her. She started working locally years ago at Primo-Ristorante and from there worked as a bartender at Joto Steakhouse. For the last several years, she was a Bar Manager at the Swordfish Grill & Tiki and Flippin’ Mullet Sports Bar in Cortez, FL.
Nancy lost her battle with cancer last year. It was a huge blow to the community. In her honor, the team at the Swordfish put together the 1st annual event. It was spectacular! So many golfers, so many volunteers…just wonderful people. It was a shotgun start and everyone had a fabulous time.
After golf, all of the attendees went back to the Swordfish Grill & Tiki for a wonderful lunch, a cocktail or two and some more comradery. There was a silent auction, 50-50 raffle and a live auction lead by auctioneer extraordinaire, Bob Slicker.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the place when Bob spoke about how wonderful Nancy was as a person and to the community. Congrats to the entire team at the Swordfish Grill and Tiki for all of their hard work, all of the volunteers from the Blessing Bags Project and of course all of the locals who volunteered to help. A special thanks to Swordfish Managers Katrina Cox and Greg Koeper who worked tirelessly to make this such a successful event.
It was so wonderful to see Nancy’s husband Brian and her mom, Sharon Boden, who flew in from Ohio, at the event. Their smiles (and some tears) just made the event even more perfect.
The Blessing Bags Project of Bradenton, FL was the recipient of the event. The Blessing Bags Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is led by Betsy Plante, with the help of so many others, all volunteers! They provide basic, critical needs to the homeless and less fortunate in our area. “This Golf Tournament will bring in much appreciated funds to keep this charity helping others,” Betsy said. “The proceeds that we are receiving from this event will pay for all of the Christmas Gifts that we give out to homeless children in the area next December.”
I know that Nancy Franklin is smiling down on all of us. I also know that she is yelling down…. “hey, Mr. Caplin, this was a very special day….. Thank you!”
Photos by Sande Caplin & Associates / The Sarasota Post.