The Liberty Foundation closed the 22nd edition of the Liberty Foundation Golf Invitational Tournament awarding an unprecedented donation of $422,000 for 18 nonprofit organizations on the island. The donation was presented on Thursday, November 21 during the Tournament’s “Driving Dreams Gala Dinner,” held at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Río Grande.
The 18 organizations that received donations this year were Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, Casa Familiar Virgilio Dávila, Casa de Niños Manuel Fernández Juncos, Centro Espibi, Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, Felisa Rincón Gautier Foundation, Fundación A-Mar, Fundación CAP, Hogar Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús, Hogares Teresa Toda, Instituto Nueva Escuela, Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Make Music Happen (Berklee in Puerto Rico), Movimiento para el Alcance de Vida Independiente (MAVI), Niños de Nueva Esperanza, Para La Naturaleza, Ponce Children’s Choir and the San Juan Children’s Choir.
“As the foundation grows, so does our commitment to empower the organizations we support so they can continue helping underserved communities and individuals in Puerto Rico,” said Naji Khoury, president and CEO of Liberty Puerto Rico and Liberty Foundation’s president. “We are grateful for the support of our friends and partners, who have made it possible for us to make this record donation, the highest in the history of our tournament. With it, they validate the work that the Liberty Foundation is doing in favor of Puerto Rico’s socio-economic development and future.”
In a moving celebration, all of the guests had the chance to nominate one of the 18 beneficiaries for a raffle that awarded an additional $5,000 to the grants they had received originally. The raffle’s lucky NPOs were San Juan Children’s Choir, Casa de Niños Manuel Fernández Juncos, Fundación CAP, and Para la Naturaleza. In addition, the San Juan Children’s Choir delighted guests with a sample of their repertoire, while a band made of participants from the Berklee in Puerto Rico program closed the evening with a set of Latin Jazz, Latin American folklore, Puerto Rican standards and numbers from the ‘80s.
Khoury also thanked the dozens of Liberty Puerto Rico employees who donated their time and talents to ensure the tournament’s success. He added that their contribution was vital in each step of the process, from the fundraising to the organization and execution of the tournament’s logistics, which involved the coordination of over 300 guests and events in two separate venues.
“Being able to make this historic donation to a higher number of beneficiaries is a dream come true for us. We are inspired by the courageous work these organizations do every day and these funds enable them to carry on despite Puerto Rico’s challenging situation,” said Yadira Valdivia, Liberty Foundation’s executive director. “We hope to continue expanding our scope of work so many other organizations can also make dreams come true for communities and individuals in need.”
As the Foundation’s key fundraising event, the 22nd Liberty Foundation Golf Invitational raised a net amount of $650,000. The remaining funds will be used to continue the Foundation’s philanthropic program throughout the entire year. The tournament has been raising funds for community organizations in Puerto Rico since 1996, when it raised $19,000 for the Hogar San José in Luquillo. Since then, the event has raised over $2.8 million for over 20 nonprofit organizations throughout the island, including this year’s donation.