On Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday (observed), Pool Pros will co-sponsor the Tommy Watkins Foundation Golf Tournament along with Benchmark Metals, the Minnesota Twins, Iberia Bank, and the City of Fort Myers. Proceeds will benefit communities that supported Minnesota Twins’ first base coach Tommy Watkins through his career and childhood.
Check in begins at 10:30 am, 12:00pm shotgun start. Boxed lunches will be provided upon arrival. A post event reception and a box dinner will be provided following each golfers’ completion of the course. In addition, prizes will be awarded for:
Closest to pin
About the Tommy Watkins Foundation
The Tommy Watkins Foundation is dedicated to providing social, athletic, educational and scholarship opportunities for youth in need. The Foundation continuously strives to improve the quality of life for children and young adults, enabling them to participate, learn and contribute to their community while experiencing lifelong memories.
About Pool Pros, Inc.
Now in its 30th year, Pool Pros provides service, repair, and renovations to customers in Lee and Collier Counties. Its sister company Aqua Illusions specializes in new swimming pool construction. Owners Theresa and Joe Mitchell, believe in enriching the lives of others in their community through fundraisers benefitting educators, athletes, students, and families. For more info call 239-277-7783.
Elijah Butcher was wired for a full life. He loved being with friends and family, his new role as a big brother, outdoor adventures, and making his parents laugh. Elijah always wanted us to be light, have fun, and love each other well. At a young age, Elijah lost his life to an unknown heart condition.
In remembrance of their oldest son, the Butchers created the Dwelling Place Project, a 501c3 corporation whose mission is to build stronger families through community and celebrate the life of Elijah Butcher.
“The Mitchell family of Pool Pros Inc & Aqua Illusions has embraced our mission from the very beginning,” said Jaime Butcher, president of the Dwelling Place Project. “Their generosity as a Beams of Support sponsor will impact all of the future guests at Elijah’s House. We are very grateful for their continued support.”
On Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 4PM to 9PM, the Butchers will be holding their inaugural fundraising event where families are invited to partake in an evening of adventure under the stars on a private riverfront property in Alva. The event will feature a BBQ dinner, bonfire, dessert truck, live music, ax throwing, pony rides, yard games, two signature craft beers created just for the event, and more.
“I’m a big proponent of strengthening families,” said Joe Mitchell, president of Pool Pros. “So when the Butchers’ told me about the loss of their son and their plan to build a home in his name, for the benefit of the community, it touched my heart. This is definitely a project that we want to see to fruition.”
Once built, the Butchers plan to make Elijah’s House into a retreat center where families can getaway for adventure, respite, growth, and making memories. White lights everywhere, porch swings, community fire pit, big open fields for playing football, woods and a creek for exploring. Surrounding the community fire pit would be bungalows for overnight guests, thoughtfully designed with a comfortable elegance and genuine hospitality.
WHO: Dwelling Place Project WHAT: Elijah’s House Inaugural Fundraising Event WHERE: 19891 South River Rd Alva, FL WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 4PM to 9PM
With a large number of people in our community being asked to stay home over the past year, we have seen an uptick in the number of calls we are getting.
People are taking notice of what they have, or do not have, in their backyards.
We want to educate them on what amazing opportunities their backyards are capable of. We want our customers to love spending time at home — in their own backyards.
How is running a successful business different than what you thought it would be?
This affirmation of success resonates with me:
Success is hard work
Success is perseverance
Success is learning
Success is studying
Success is sacrifice
Success is a love for what you are doing or learning to do!
Running a successful business for the past 30 years is everything I thought it would be, and more! No day is ever the same…There are new challenges and opportunities that present themselves daily…There is never a dull moment…I like that the buck stops here, and there is never enough time in the day to complete all you want. It has been that way since day one, and I’m sure that’s the way it will remain.
What is one thing most people probably don’t know about your company?
Pool Pros, Inc. co-presents with Larue Pest Management, Inc. the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s (GFMCC) Annual Golf Classic on October 18th at the Fort Myers Country Club.
The annual tournament, which sells out each year, continues to be the GFMCC’s most popular event and is well-known for being a fun tournament. There will be prize giveaways for competitions like the longest drive – driving a ball over a wall built by contest hole sponsor GulfPoint Construction), the longest putt, sponsored by FGCU Lutgert School of Business, and everyone’s favorite the Helicopter Ball Drop where a $3,000 prize is given to winner.
This is the 11th consecutive year Pool Pros has sponsored the Classic, which is the primary fundraiser for the GFMCC, also known as The Education Chamber. A portion of the proceeds from the Classic will be used for grants for area educators and educational institutions.
"As the current chairman of the Foundation, I take great pride in our board, as we continue to support education at multiple levels," added Mitchell. "We are continuing on the path the original organizers of our Chamber set forth 30 years ago."
“My children are in middle and high school in Fort Myers and it’s great to be able to provide grants to teachers who wish to enhance their classroom learning experience,” says Joe Mitchell, owner of Pool Pros, Inc. and president of the GFMCC Foundation. “In addition, we work to educate small business, and have recently launched a mentoring program, EXCELerate, through our Foundation.”
Pool Pros will enter three teams consisting of employees, clients and friends, including two former PGA golfers, George McNeill and Nolan Henke. Both pros have played for Pool Pros in all 11 of the annual golf classics. In all, the tournament challenges 132 golfers playing a four-person scramble format.
At the conclusion of the classic, Sheena Brook, a singer-songwriter who gained notoriety on The Voice, will be performing at the Eagle Reception from 5:00-7:00PM. The Eagle Reception is open to the public and tickets are $25 each, which includes one complimentary adult beverage and food provided by The Edison Restaurant. Visit FortMyers.org to make a reservation.
On the course, golfers will get to enjoy Taste of the Chamber – samples from local member restaurant – including The Standard, Bahama Breeze, Outback Steakhouse, and Texas Roadhouse. Victory Layne Chevrolet, Enterprise, and Scanlon Lexus will have unique cars on the course.