The 22nd Diamonds in the Rough Charity Golf Tournament Promises to be On Par

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Get ready for an “UnFOREgettable” day on the greens at the “22nd Annual Diamonds in the Rough Charity Golf Tournament” on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at the Orangebrook Golf and Country Club in Hollywood

Twenty-two years ago, a group of local community advocates and golf enthusiasts, including the Hollywood City Manager’s Office, Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts, Hollywood Police Department, and the Orangebrook Golf and Country Club, put forth a collaborative effort to create Hollywood’s Diamonds in the Rough, Inc. (DIR) to provide a platform to introduce children, ages 8 to 14, to the game of golf while fostering key life-enhancing values through the sport. 

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“We are anticipating a nearly sold-out event this year,” said Janet Moller, outgoing DIR President of the Board of Directors of the organization. “It’s going to be a great year and we’re excited to put on our annual tour to support the kids in the greater Hollywood area. Our hope is to continue to partner with businesses in the local community to make this year another successful event.” 

The mission of the 501 c3 non-profit charity is to ensure that all youth in the local communities, regardless of social and economic backgrounds, have an equal opportunity to uncover their unique potential through the game of golf. The golf programs provide elementary and middle-school aged children, in the greater Hollywood area, introductory golf instruction, play, and a setting and curriculum that enhances the character traits needed for success in a safe, friendly, and welcoming environment where they participate in an educational experience.

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“The future is our children, getting involved in this great cause gives our future leaders a great start toward their success,” expressed Helen Vella-Basilone, incoming President of Hollywood’s Diamonds in the Rough, Inc.

The organization welcomes any and all businesses and organizations to participate and sponsor the event in any capacity. Sponsorship packages offer businesses, clubs, and individuals the opportunity to gain exposure as supporters of Hollywood’s Diamonds in the Rough. 

“I have been playing in the tournament for quite some time.  The sole reason is to support the organization’s mission.  Providing access to the game of golf allows youth an experience they may not otherwise receive, challenges them to learn something new and indirectly teaches life lessons. I began playing golf when I was an adult due to limited access.  Through the multiple programs offered by DIR, the youth outreach is impressive and invaluable,” exclaimed David Vazquez, Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation & Cultural Arts for the City of Hollywood Parks and Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and Honorary Co-Chair for the 22nd Annual Diamonds’ Golf Classic. 

More information about the tournament, including online registration and sponsorships, please visit, call 954-967-4221, or email [email protected]