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Results of The 6th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament April 7,2012 at The Fleming Island Golf Plantation, Orange Park, Florida
It seem like every single time that a EyeCare WeCare Foundation fundraising golf tournament is held, it is a perfect day for golf. Ed Callao, the ongoing tournament chairman, had everything in place. All that attended and participated had a memorable fun time . The officers of the PNANEF (Philippine Nurses Association of North East Florida) were there to greet the golfers, take registration fees, sell Mulligan fees, serve breakfast and serve Lunch. PNANEF President Dr. Gemma Rio and her husband were there, President Elect Vel Callao and Vice President Daphne Viray. Susan Damilao, sponsor of the upcoming Medical Vision mission next month in the Philippines, prepared, served and paid for the Filipino Lunch. Pat Palompo, the advisor to the PNANEF, prepared and paid for the breakfast. He was unable to be present due to a recent surgery. Co- Founder Capt. Sam Houston and EyeCare WeCare Foundation board member was there with his wife Patty and Dr. Jim Weyrich, President and Founder of the Foundation flew out for the tournament from Washington State with his wife Ellen to partake in the festivities. Also present were the Sponsors of the May/June 2010 in Pampanga and the upcoming May/June 2012 medical mission in Laguna, Susan and Ed Damilao. The sponsors of the May/June 2011 medical mission, Bayani Diokno and Cris Cueto also participated in the tournament. The Golf Pro Troy and his staff at The Golf Club at Fleming Island were always more than cordial as usual. They also donated two foursomes rounds of golf for the raffle which was organized by Mike Oelrich and Ed Damilao. Also donating items for the raffle was Mr. Frankie Mack who donated two boxes of golf balls and an Adams Sand Wedge ---- Thank you Frankie!! The tournament was able to raise about the same as it did in 2011. Hopefully each person that participated this year will bring an additional golfer and next years event will be twice the size as this year.
Group Picture for 2011 golf tournament
The hardest working non golfers at the tournament - they greeted, collected green fees, sold mulligan tickets, kept track of the results of the tournament, prepared the food , served the food and arranged the trophies -- left to right - Dr. Gemma Rio, Susan Damilao, Christy Rafael, Ellen Weyrich, Daphne Viray and Vel Callao
Golf Tournament Co-Founder and EyeCare WeCare Board member Capt. Sam Houston recognizes Ed Callao for being the chairman of the fundraising golf tournament for the last 6 years
Ed Damilao, sponsor of the upcoming May/June 2012 medical vision mission in Laguna, Philippines and President/Founder EyeCare WeCare Foundation, Dr. Jim Weyrich both recognize the present and past efforts of Ed Callao for organizing all six fundraising golf tournaments.
Mark Branhan gets ready to put for birdie
The 2012 First Place Winners of the EyeCare WeCare Golf Tournament - Boyet Viray and Leo Castillo
2nd Place winners of the 2012 EyeCare WeCare Golf Tournament Ed Viray and Rudy Rafael
2012 EyeCare WeCare 3rd place winners are Capt. Sam Houston and Ogie Pabustin also in the picture is Capt. Sam's beautiful wife Patty
Closest to the Pin Award won by Rudy Rafael, Dr Jim and Capt. Sam present his with his award
Patrick Phelps winner of longest drive award
Joe Cataulin winner - longest put -
Mark Branhan - Longest Drive - presented by Ed Callao, Dr. Jim & Capt. Sam
ED Viray winner of the closest to Pin with his wife Daphne
Ogie Pabustin - Longest Drive award winner
Justin Tongol and his proud father Chris holding the trophy for the longest drive
Bayani Diokno and Cris Cueto receive Certificate of Appreciation EyeCare WeCare from it's President, Dr. Jim. They sponsored and hosted the June 2011 medical vision mission in the Municipalities of Taal and Lemery in the Province of Batangas ---- Bayani's secret formula that he has in his magic thermos is still a mystery to all in attendance.
Results of 5th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament 4/23/2011
It was a beautiful, warm and a perfect golf weather on the awaited day for the foundation and the golfers that participated in the tournament. Dr. Jim Weyrich, President/ Founder of the EyeCare WeCare Foundation flew in from Washington State; Capt. Sam Houston, EyeCare WeCare Foundation board of directors member who is also the co-founder of the golf tournament (His son, is the other co-founder of the tournament, Dr. Steven Houston, doing his ophthalmology residency in Miami and could not be present for the tournament); Ed and Susan Damilao, hosts of the May 2010 Vision in Pampanga: Bayani Diokno and Cris Cueto, hosts of the next medical vision mission in Batangas, Philippines June 1-7, 2011 and Ed and Rose Obrero, future hosts for the January 2012 mission in Bicol. Ed Callao, the tournament chairman (for all 5 tournaments) and his wife Vel, President of the PNANEF (Philippine Nurses Association of North East Florida) were there. Daphne Viray, President Elect of the PNANEF: Delores Palompo and Vice President of the PNANEF. The PNANEF, a partner with EyeCare WeCare Foundation, have since the very first tournament, manned the registration desk, taking the entry fees, preparing the continental breakfast and keeping track of the scores.
The Primary Sponsor of the golf tournament NAPA Genuine Parts Company was represented by Charlie Hart, owner of the Haines Street Jacksonville, Florida store. He golfed as well as a team representing Charlie's auto parts store. As it turned out, Charlie and his partner, won the tournament; second place was the Genuine Parts Company team, third place went to Ron Locquiao and Mark Branhan; closest to the Pin went to Ed Obrero / Ed Otiguerra ; Longest Putt went to Ed Obrero/Mark Miles: Longest Drive went to Mark Miles. The golf tournament garnered $ 1,750 in funds. A raffle was conducted by Mike Oelrich and Ed Damilao which produced a donation of $841 for a net total of $2,591 was donated to the foundation. A genuine Filipino Lunch with pansit was provided by Smart Chef Choice, LLC and by Don and Annie Ignacio. The Foundation is grateful for The Golf Club at Fleming Island for all donating their clubhouse and for the tournament.
The Venue for the 5th Annual EyeCare WeCare Fundraising Golf Tournament April 23, 2011
Group Picture for 2011 golf tournament
Volunteers Susan Damilao, Ed and Vel (in front) Callao, Delores Palompo & Daphne Viray
Carts ready for the shotgun start for the tournament
Tournament Participants receiving instructions from Golf Pro at Fleming Island Golf Club
Dr. Weyrich presenting First Place Team of Charlie Hart his left and his partner on his right
Dr Weyrich presents Third Place awards to the team of Mark Branhan and Ron Locquiao
Everyone looks up to Michael Oelrich, Sponsor Chairman for the tournament with Ed Damilao conducting the raffle
Results for the First Annual Eye Care We Care Foundation Fundraising Tennis Tournament
Eagle Landing Parkway, Orange Park, Florida on March 19, 2011
We were blessed with perfect tennis weather. Not to
mention some fantastic matches. Despite of the very short notice, we were able
to muster 30 players. With the assistance of the Philippine Nurses Association
of Northeast Florida (PNANEF) members Dolly Palompo,
Romy Devera, Ceils
Mansfield and her husband Don. Players registration started at 7:30 until 8;30. Hot coffee ,
doughnuts and fruits were served for breakfast . Thank you EAGLE LANDING Tennis
Center for the use of their facilities. What an awesome
. A very successful tennis
tournament to raise funds for Eyecare Wecare Foundation Thanks to Chairman Pat Palompo....and all the participants.
Eagles Landing Tennis Ct, Fleming Island, FL Event Volunteers, R. De Vera, C Cueto, E. Callao, P. Palompo, D. Palompo, B. Diokno
Players Check In
Pat Palompo explaining tournament guidelines
Runner up, Tony Mendoza and Rudy Silva
Results of 4th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament 7/17/2010
It was a perfect warm, sunny, humid morning in the low 90's and over 50 golfers arrived to participate in a fun purposeful event to help raise funds for EyeCare WeCare Foundation so they in turn can help restore vision to the disadvantaged people in the Philippines. Everything was set, the Sponsors and partners with EcWc), the Philippine Nurses Association of Northeast Florida (PNANEF) were present greeting the golfers, gathering the entry forms, collecting the money, providing breakfast, giving the golfers sack lunches. When the golfers were finished, they tabulated the results, provided a fabulous Filipino lunch with lumpia, banana Turon, and pansit and later helped present the awards. Charlie Hunt at Genuine Parts- NAPA, sponsored the trophies as well as a monetary contribution. A total of $2,320 was donated to EyeCare WeCare Foundation because of the efforts of many people. A list will be added later to make sure that everyone is credited for their efforts.
One of the co-founders of the golf tournaments, Dr. Steven Houston, was unable to breakaway from his ophthalmology residency in Miami, but the other co-founder, his father, Capt. Sam Houston Jr. was present. (Also a member of the board of directors for EyeCare WeCare Foundation) The tournament coordinator for all four tournaments, Mr. Ed Callao was present along with his wife Vel who is vice president of PNANEF. The President / Founder of EyeCare WeCare Foundation, Dr. James Weyrich and his wife Ellen who is also the Secretary of the foundation was there. Also present were the hosts of the May 2010 vision mission in Pampanga, Philippines were Ed and Susan Damilao. Susan also assisted the PNANEF in their activities and Ed participated by golfing (he ended up with 2nd Low Gross)
Capt Sam Houston, Daphne Viray, Vel & Ed Callao, Dr. Jim Weyrich and Susan Damilao
Everyone involved with the golf tournament at Fleming Beach Golf Course on Fleming Beach Florida July 17, 2010
Dr. Jim thanking participants, the golfers are in their carts getting ready for their shotgun start moments away
Participants competing during the fundraising event at the beautiful Fleming Island Plantation Golf Course
The Awards donated by NAMPA to be given to the golfers for the various categories at the completion of the tournament
First Place Trophy Winner of First Place Award for tournament is Ogi Pabusian
Ed Callao, Capt Sam Houston, ED Damilao Winner 2nd place EyeCare Wecare Foundation with Dr. Jim Weyrich
Ed Callao with Capt. Sam Houston winner of 3rd place for tournament with Dr. Jim Weyrich and Sam's wife Patty
Tournament coordinator Ed Callao give Ron Locquiao "closest to the pin" then donates his prize $ to Eyecare Wecare
Orly Pamiza winning "closest to the 15th hole" and giving the cash award to EyeCare WeCare Foundation
Arman Rin winning "Closest to the pin Par 3" then donating the money to EyeCare WeCare Foundation
Elsa Milton winner of "Closest to the Pin" award and donates cash back to EyeCare WeCare Foundation
Mike Oelrich wins best puts award He invited Susan Damilao and Ellen Weyrich in the picture
Ed Ortiguerra-Ellen Weyrich - Capt. Sam Houston--Dr. James Weyrich- -Bayani Diokno-- Chris Cueto
RESULTS OF THE 3rd ANNUAL 2009 FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT
Sponsored by The Philippine Nurses Association of Northeast Florida (PNANEF)
At Fleming Island Golf Course.
August 8, 2009 -- Thank you all 44 participants and a big thank you to the volunteers
Capt. Sam Houston greeting golfers. Left to right, Gigi Nobleza, Ogie Pabustan, Capt Houston, Roger Regulacion and Danny Pobiacion
Registration Table Left to right, Daphne Viray (PNANEF Vice President), Vel Callao (PNANEF Executive Board), Ed Viray (PNANEF Auxiliary Chair-person), Susan Damilao-Chair person for the June 2010 ECWC Vision Mission in Macabebe & Pampanga, Christy Rafael, Volunteer, Ogie Pabustan, golfer participant, Todd Logston, Golfer Participant.
PNANEF Vice-President Daphne and Vel Callao Executive board member presenting a check for $450 to EyeCare WeCare Foundation on behalf of the president Romeo De Vera. Receiving the check is EcWc tournament treasure Capt. Sam Houston.
Team of Louie Cruz and Mike Green await their turn to receive the 1st Place Trophy, Witnessing the presentation is Cris Tongol Fleet Management Division, City of Jacksonville.
Team of Ed Damilao and Stephen Roberts joyfully received their 3rd Place Trophy from CDR Ed Callao (Retired) Over all- Chair & Event Organizer, 2009 ECWC Golf Fundraising Tournament
Thank you all Volunteers, Awards Giveaways and Food/Refreshments & Donors:
Mr. Benjamin and Mrs. Aurora Grospe
Mr. Melchor “Choy” and Mrs. Nanette Orpiano
Mr. Rudy and Christy Rafael
Ms. Myna Domondon
Mr. Bing and Mrs. Marlyn Nevado
Mr. Paul and Mrs. Lilia Villar
CDR Ed and Mrs. Vel Callao
Mr. Ed and Daphne Viray
Mr. Ed and Susan Damilao
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Sejalbo
Mr. Frankie Mack
Mr. Rudy Pabustan- Watson Realty
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Regulacion
Mr. Orly Pamiza
Dr. R Schnipper- Jacksonville Eyecare Center.
Mr. Jun and Mrs. Estrel Callao
CDR Ed and Mrs. Vel Callao
Mr. and Mrs. Leonardo Castillo
Mr. and Mrs. Cris cueto
Mr Ed and Susan Damilao
Mr and Mrs. E. B. Diokno
Capt. Sam & Mrs. Houston, Jr
Mr. and Mrs. Arman Rin
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Ortiguerra
Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Obrero
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Palompo
Mr. Orly Pamiza
Mr. Conrado Santiago and family
Mr. and Mrs. Pepe Santiago
NAPA Auto Parts
Lanahan Insurance, INC.
DR. R Schnipper
RESULTS OF THE SECOND ANNUAL 2008 FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Second Annual EyeCare WeCare Foundation Fundraising golf tournament at the Fleming Island Golf Course in Jacksonville, Florida was held on Sunday June 22, 2008 was unfortunately rained out. Only completing 13-14 holes, it still was a great success. There were 66 participants which still had a good time. They were able to net over $6,000 for the foundation plus had donations of eyeglasses and other medical supplies. The players were treated to a genuine Filipino meal and given a free round of golf for future use. EyeCare WeCare Foundation salutes VISTAKON, the Jacksonville Filipino community, Ed Callao, Capt. Sam Houston, his son Steve and the Philippine Nurses Association of Northeastern Florida for their contributions to the foundation.
Registration Desk- Julie Locquiao (President PNANEF), Vel Callao (VP) Daphne Viray (Sec),Pauline Rapadas (Treas), Sally Torres, Ester Famy, Reyna Famy,
Steve Houston, Capt. Sam Houston
Manny June Torres, Ed Callao, Ely Claudillla
My name is Steven Houston, the son of Captain Sam Houston, USN, Ret., and I am a medical student at the University of Virginia, soon to begin my 4th year. I have an intense interest in becoming an Ophthalmologist, an eye surgeon. Upon completion of medical school, I want to devote some of my time to providing eye care around the world to those without access to medical facilities. I am a volunteer with EyeCare WeCare Foundation, Inc., an all volunteer non-profit 501 (c)(3)organization that is currently providing eye care and eyeglasses to those in need in the Philippines. My association with the foundation will provide me an opportunity to experience first hand the hardships and struggles that people face in other countries, in particularly the Philippines, and what I can do to help the less fortunate people.
Imagine not being able to clearly see your children’s faces, or not being able to see the print on this page. Millions in the United States suffer from near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism, all correctable by glasses and contacts. We have grown accustomed to everyone having access to eyeglasses, whether at Wal-Mart, the Mall, or your local optometrist. However, the luxury of eyeglasses is not the same in many other countries. There are millions around the world who are nearly blind because they cannot afford nor have access to eyeglasses. The Foundation is striving to bring the basic necessity of eyesight to everyone.
EyeCareWeCare Foundation, Inc. was established in 2001. After 3 years of preparation, the Foundation started its first medical vision mission on Negros Occidental Island in the Philippines. It currently conducts the missions twice a year. The team of volunteers just returned from the Philippines this past January, 2008, where they examined 1,559 rural poor people, and 1,538 pairs of eyeglasses were dispensed. You should see the smiles on children’s faces when they are able to see for the first time. The next trip to the Philippines is planned for this summer. Although the Foundation is based in America, its Philippine branch office is in the Barangay (village) Ma-ao, Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Future plans are to grow and expand the free vision services to the rest of the Philippines. Once that has taken place, and as the organization grows it plans to expand to other Asian countries of Thailand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Viet Nam and Taiwan. The Foundation is looking forward to its second priority project, the 1st being a "Clinic on Wheels" to cover much larger areas, and now a “Surgical Clinic on Wheels”. The intent is to raise money through fundraisers, golf tournaments, etc., and donations to purchase another bus to convert into a mobile surgical clinic. When both of these mobile vision clinics become a reality, the foundation plans to keep it staffed with volunteers year round. It will be transported by ferryboat to other islands of the 7,100 islands in the Philippines. Another project is to build an optical lab on Negros Occidental, Philippines so it will be able to make eyeglasses for the difficult prescriptions that cannot be found in the huge inventory of donated eyeglasses. It already has most of the lab equipment that is needed to edge uncut lenses but it needs surfacing equipment and lens blanks. The Foundation’s goal and mission is to provide the poor people of the world access to free quality vision services. Please log on to www.eyecarewecare.org to get more information on the foundation and see their work first hand.
Thank you in advance for your support of the 2st Annual EyeCare WeCare Golf Tournament on June 22, 2008, at Fleming Island Golf course. All funds go to benefit those in the Philippines who do not have access to proper eye care. We do appreciate all your support; such as hole sponsors, donations, etc., and of course your prayers!
P.S. Please save all of your old eyeglasses.
Pictures and results of the 2007 Fund-Raising Golf Tournament
November 17, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida
Cecil Commerce Golf Course
The winners were
The event was participated mainly by American-Filipinos to show support to the foundation's program and services to the poor people in thePhilippines.
A Huge Thank You To Capt. Sam Houston & Ed Callao for their organizational skills to make the golf tournament such a great success-- They are already looking ahead to the 2nd Annual EyeCare WeCare Foundation Fundraising Golf Tournament. Ed donated the trophies and drinks and Capt. Sam donated the green fees and the food . Capt. Sam Houston and his son Dr. Steve Houston are the ones who came up with the idea of having the tournament. Thanks to all that helped, sponsored and participated in the tournament.
EyeCare WeCare Foundation 1st Annual Golf Tournament Participants
Tournament Winners Ed Otiguerra and Cris Cueto
The Founders of the Golf Tournament, Capt Samuel K. Houston Jr. (US Navy Retired) and his son Samuel K. "Steven" Houston III, a medical student at the University of Virginia (ophthalmology resident).
Lunch was provided by the local Jacksonville Filipino community. What would a Filipino meal be without the delicious foods of lumpia, chicken adobo, bihon and lechon
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