GAP Foundation Golf Scramble Raises More Than $7,000 to Benefit City Youth


The Gainesville Arts & Parks (GAP) Foundation raised more than $7,000 at its first golf scramble held May 13 at Ironwood Golf Course. The monies will provide youth scholarships for summer camps and other activities. A small group of 20 players, some from as far away as The Villages and Ocala, played 18 holes on a picture perfect day to help youth in the Gainesville community. Additionally, several businesses and individuals sponsored the event, which garnished additional funds and support of Gainesville’s youth.

“Last year the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) gave more than 450 scholarships to local youth to be able to participate in summer camps and other activities,” said Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Steve Phillips. “The monies raised will allow PRCA to be able to serve more children whose families may have a financial hardship in participating in recreational activities during the summer months this year,” Phillips said.

The newly formed GAP Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) that serves as an ally in fundraising and advocacy for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA). “Plans for next year’s Golf Scramble are already underway and set for March 10, 2017,” said Agapitus “Augi” Lye, president of the GAP Foundation. To view some pictures from the Golf Scramble, please visit

To learn more about the Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation, please visit For more information or to volunteer, please contact Michelle Park at 352-393-8364 or