The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation (MWYF) will host Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk as its featured speaker at this year’s Current/Sherman Group of Merrill Lynch Champions for Children Gala.
Furyk is one of the PGA Tour’s most recognizable and talented golfers. He played at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, where he was an All-American twice and led the Wildcats to their first NCAA title in 1992. That same year, Furyk turned professional. He joined the PGA Tour in 1994 and won at least one tournament each year between 1998 and 2003.
Furyk truly hit his stride in 2010, winning a career-best three tournaments on the PGA Tour that year. The most notable victory was the season-ending Tour Championship earning him the 2010 FedEx Cup. His performance in 2010 won him both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA TOUR Player of the year.
Furyk is also the co-founder of The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation. Established in 2010, they aim to help families and children in need, and are dedicated to making the community a better place. Based in Ponte Vedra, the nonprofit charity is involved in many different projects across North Florida, including the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation.
This year’s Gala will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Florida Blue Conference Center in Jacksonville. The evening will include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, scholarship award presentations to MWYF students, remarks by Furyk and more. The Gala is the largest fundraiser of MWYF and has traditionally raised approximately $250,000. Event tickets are available at malwashington.com/gala and are expected to sell out.