PGA Awards $10,000 to SalusCare

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Professional Golfers Association awarded $10,000 to SalusCare at the PGA’s annual spring luncheon May 16.

The funds will be used to help youngsters with substance use and mental health disorders at The Vince Smith Center campus, the 20-bed adolescent treatment center operated by SalusCare.

The PGA hosts an annual golf tournament with funds raised going to SalusCare and other charities selected by the golf professionals.

“We are very thankful to the golf professionals and their club members who continue to support us year after year by raising money for charity through their annual golf tourney,” said SalusCare President & CEO Stacey Cook-Hawk.

It’s the 24th year that the PGA has donated funds to the Vince Smith campus which was named by the PGA in honor of former News-Press golf writer Vince Smith. The PGA Chapter was given naming rights in 1992 in exchange for a pledge of $100,000 to support the then fledgling center.

Since that time, more than 1,900 Southwest Florida teens from ages 13 to17 have started on the road to recovery at The Vince Smith Center campus at 2450 Prince Street in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-338-2306 or visit

About SalusCare, Inc.

SalusCare, Inc., is the largest, most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment program in Southwest Florida, serving more than 15,000 people per year of all ages from seven locations in Lee County. The non-profit organization offers crisis stabilization, outpatient and residential treatment for children and adults and an Employee Assistance Program for about 40 area companies. The majority of programs are accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

SalusCare services are not free. Fees are charged on a sliding scale, based on family income. In many cases, private insurance is accepted. SalusCare is a United Way partner agency.


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