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¦ The 14th annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk to raise awareness of neurodegeneration and to support research and programs for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and related prime-of-life brain diseases takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Mackle Park on Marco Island. The route is less than 1 mile long and is wheelchair- and family-friendly. The spectrum of relatively rare PSP diseases often afflicts people during their most productive years and leads to debilitating symptoms and early death. PSP brain diseases affect more than 150,000 people in the U.S. alone.
Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for students and includes a T-shirt and lunch. For more information, call Cindy MacDonald at 353-3960.
¦ Runners of every level are invited to participate in the Marco Island Half- Marathon and 5K-Walk/Run on Sunday, March 19, starting at the Shops of Marco. The route heads east on San Marco Road, passes over the Goodland Bridge and winds through Key Marco before returning to the starting point. The ninth annual half-marathon starts at 7:30 a.m.; the fifth annual run/walk sets out at 7:45 a.m. More than 700 people participated in last year’s events.
The Marco Island Half-Marathon Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to bettering the island community. Proceeds from event sponsorships and registration have benefitted the island’s police and fire-rescue foundations, its charter school, the city’s parks and recreation department and the Greater Marco Island YMCA.
¦ Gulfcoast Runners and Artis— Naples present the annual Run for Music 10K at 7:30 a.m. Monday, March 27, at the performing arts center. A 1-mile fun run is also available. Musicians from the Naples Philharmonic will perform along the race route. Registration is $10-$45. For more information or to sign up, visit www.gcrunner.org.
¦ Naples Botanical Garden hosts The Garden Open golf tournament from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Windstar on Naples Bay. The scramble-style event includes cocktails, dinner and a live auction. Registration is $300 for golf and dinner, $80 for a dinner guest. For more information or to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Friends of Foster Children Forever invites people of all ages and abilities to take part in the first-ever Sunshine 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, April 22, at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W. in Naples. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the walk steps out at 7:30 a.m. Family fun and entertainment will go on from 9-11 a.m. Registration for the 5K event, which is organized by Gulf Coast Runners, is $35 by April 21, $45 on the day of the event; registration to run/walk a 1-mile route is $10. To sign up or for more information, visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.net.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, call Gisela Estrada at 262- 1808 or email email@example.com.
¦ The Stroke Recovery Foundation holds its inaugural Stroke Victor Golf Scramble on Saturday, April 22, at Quail Village Golf Club. Registration starts at noon and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Registration is limited to 100 golfers and includes dinner and an awards ceremony. Sign up for $80 per golfer (dinner for non-golfers is $30). To register or for more information, call 598-2815 or email membership@Quail- VillageGolfClub.org.
¦ The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc. holds its “Augusta on the Gulf” golf tournament Monday, April 24, at Vineyards Country Club. Registration is $250. To sign up or for more information, call 417-3465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce holds its annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Quail Creek Country Club. Participants will enjoy a pre-game lunch, a hole-in-one contest with a $10,000 cash prize and an awards dinner following the tournament. Registration is $175. To sign up or for more information, visit www.napleschamber.org.
¦ Great Strides Naples/Fort Myers chapter hosts a 5K walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation stepping out at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Estero Community
Park. Participants can register as individuals or teams to fundraise prior to the event. To sign up or for more information, call (813) 374-9041 or visit www.fightcf.cff.org.
¦ Redlands Christian Migrant Association holds the annual Lipman Golf Classic at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Naples Heritage Golf Club. Registration is $225, with proceeds to benefit Immokalee migrant farm workers. For more information, call (800) 282-6540 or visit www.rcma.org.
¦ Noodles Italian Café and Sushi Bar hosts the eighth annual Stand Up Paddle & Luau Races with competitive, family and Special Olympics races starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7, at Vanderbilt Beach. Registration is $25 and includes paddleboards. Proceeds benefit Collier County Special Olympics. For more information or to register, call 370-6577 or visit www.supspecialolympicsnaples.org.
¦ Youth Haven hosts its 30th annual Fairways for the Future golf tournament at 1 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Grey Oaks Country Club. All golfers will receive one ticket to the organization’s gala on May 7, a boxed lunch, two mulligans, entry into all on-course contests and admission to the post-tournament awards reception. Registration is $500. Raffle tickets for a European river cruise are available. To sign up or for more information, call 687-5155 or visit www.youthhavenswfl.com. ¦
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