They’re too modest to say it themselves, so we’ll say it for them.

The Gateway Gives Foundation 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament held on October 18, 2014 at the Gateway Golf & Country Club raised an impressive $12,000 for the organization, once again exceeding their fundraising goal for the event.

Gateway Gives has distributed over $30,000 over the past 3 years to assist local families, enhance youth sports, work on community improvement projects and they have also donated to a host of other worthy causes.

“Gateway Gives Foundation was created based on the simple idea that a small group with a common goal can inspire and make an impact in their community. The concept of neighbors helping neighbors and communities helping communities comes from the environment that most of us grew up in. We wanted to provide a hub to bring people together to make a difference and positive impact in our community,” said Doug Banks, President of Gateway Gives.

Banks had lots of help, and he doesn’t hesitate to thank others for making the golf event successful.

“We could not have done it without the help of our dynamic volunteer group and all the support by Gateway Golf & Country Club staff. John Costello, Justin Bannister, Brian Pelletier and Brian Hart have been great partners for the past two years,” said Banks.

Costello is the General Manager at Gateway Golf & Country Club while Bannister is the Director of Membership Marketing. Pelletier is the GG&CC’s Food and Beverage Manager and Hart is the resident Golf Pro.

The first golf outing in 2012 was held at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Florida, while the 2013 and 2014 tournaments were held at the Gateway Golf & Country Club.

The venue is extremely important to the event, but Banks also wanted to recognize the contributions of the corporate partners as well.

“Special thanks to Premier Sponsors Audi Jaguar of Fort Myers, Azul Cosmetics Surgery & Medical Spa, and East & Greenwell Insurance and all of the sponsors who played a major role in making the event a success,” Banks said.

The golfers themselves were also thanked by Banks. After-all, without them the charity tournament would have never happened in the first place.

Said Banks: “We hope all the players had as much fun as it appeared they did!”

The Gateway Gives Foundation has been active since 2011 and has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. Gateway Gives says the bulk of the money it raises each year comes from the annual golf outing.


Gateway Gives Foundation has a focus on three fundamental areas: Servicing, Fundraising and Volunteering.

Through our servicing efforts we can provide education and programs that provide assistance and support to the local community and our surrounding area. Our fundraising initiatives allow us the resources to conduct and execute our programs to continue to impact our community and the people who need help and assistance. The volunteering aspects enables our organization the ability to facilitate all of our efforts and also provide a centralized outlet for those who would to help make a difference in the lives and community in which they live, work, play and learn. Our fundraising and event activities are all based on the structure of our core values; Community, Giving, Growing, Servicing, Volunteering. Through our partnership, programs and events we promote community education, health & safety, commitment to assisting those in need, enhancing our community, and overall making a difference in the lives of others. To learn more about the Programs, Activities and Events visit

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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