‘Fancy Pants’ party raises over $19,000 for Blessings in a Backpack


The weekend before THE PLAYERS Championship kicked off at TPC Sawgrass, golf enthusiasts wearing their most eclectic outfits flocked to Topgolf for the fifth annual “Fancy Pants” party and helped to raise over $19,000 for First Coast Blessings in a Backpack.  

According to Kimberly Ward, the executive director of First Coast Blessings in a Backpack, the funds from the May 5 event will provide 43,320 meals to hungry children on the First Coast.

“100 percent of the proceeds from this event will go to purchasing the food that these children will take home,” explained Ward, whose nonprofit organization provides school children who are on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program with food to take home on weekends during the school year.

In addition to golf, the fundraiser featured a silent auction, including several pieces of sports memorabilia from Palm Coast Autographs, a raffle, music from DJ and News4Jax journalist Vic Micolucci and an array of food and drink options.

Tabitha Furyk, who serves as the nonprofit’s board chair, attended with her husband and PGA Tour golfer Jim Furyk, as well as friends. She said Blessings in a Backpack is an organization that is near and dear to their heart.

“We have been involved before Blessings in a Backpack even came to Jacksonville with the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Wives Association,” said Tabitha, whose foundation supports the nonprofit throughout the year via several events and fundraisers. “It’s really quite impactful knowing we’re making such a difference right here at home.”

For more information on First Coast Blessings in a Backpack, visit https://www.firstcoastblessingsinabackpack.com/home.html.