Boca Raton Country Clubs Step Up to Fill Gap for 25th Annual Feed the Needy Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 20, 2009, 15:12 ET from St. Andrews Country Club

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club and Addison Reserve Country Club joined together to aid Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in their 25th consecutive Feed the Needy Program that provides Thanksgiving dinner to over 2,500 area residents on November 24. The partnership abruptly found themselves without their annual donation from Mario's, a Bova Restaurant, as a result of the Scott Rothstein investigation.


On November 4, Janyce Speier contacted her country club to see if they could help provide much needed prepared dishes. Craig Martin, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of St. Andrews Country Club, stated, "I am humbled by the generosity of the St. Andrews Country Club Board of Governors and my fellow Club Managers Association members who jumped in and offered assistance with such short notice. We are all pleased to be in a position to help." Martin reached out to local Boca Raton area country club General Managers and within two days had received commitments to make up for the missing donation.

"We are so thankful for the quick response from Chuck Lehner, Chief Operating Officer/General Manager of Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club, and Michael McCarthy, CEO and General Manager of Addison Reserve Country Club, and of course Craig Martin, to replace so much food on such short notice," said Speier, a Feed the Needy volunteer and St. Andrews Country Club member.

Between the three country clubs enough mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, rolls, and stuffing are being provided to help Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church once again continue their commitment to feed those who need a little help and a warm smile this year. Over 2,500 people, mostly children, from Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach, are expected to partake in this 25-year-old tradition of fellowship, love and respect. Each person will also leave with a small leftover treasure for them to eat during the rest of the week.

The Feed the Needy Thanksgiving feast will take place on November 24 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 200 NE 12 Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Directions: Take Dixie Highway south and turn left after Glades Road. Follow the road around to the left of the Church. For additional information, please call CBI Coordinators Vicky or Gary Weiner at 561-488-7118 and 561-391-1333 or Ernestine the Ebenezer Church Coordinator at 561-272-1357. The entire church building will be used to stage the food, dessert and beverage areas, tents will cover the parking lots with plenty of tables, chairs, lighting and a few volunteer DJ's. The two congregations will send buses out to some neighborhoods and pick up a lot of families and children and then return them after they have their meal.

About St. Andrews Country Club:

St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton, a resident-only Platinum Club of America, is internationally recognized for magnificent estate residences, superior amenities, two 18-hole championship golf courses, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Design, 15 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a state-of-art spa and fitness center and a 125,000 square foot Clubhouse in the center of it all. The Clubhouse provides unequalled culinary delights, a year-round social calendar and offers spectacular views of the lakes, fountains, fairways and manicured greens. St. Andrews has played host to numerous PGA golf exhibitions led by touring pros such as Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, John Daly and Rocco Mediate, and is the home course to LPGA Touring Professional Morgan Pressel. For more information on St. Andrews, please visit

About Boca Grove Plantation:

Boca Grove Plantation is a prestigious, member golf and country club in the heart of Boca Raton, one of South Florida's most affluent communities. Boca Grove members enjoy an elegant lifestyle in an idyllic setting surrounded by natural beauty, sparkling lakes, and beautiful landscaping. Their beautifully appointed clubhouse offers multiple dining facilities and for those with a passion for the active life, there is an 18 hole championship golf course with no wait for tee times, twelve Har-Tru courts, a resort style swimming pool and a completely equipped fitness center are yours. Since opening in the early 1980s, Boca Grove has maintained a commitment to outstanding service and excellence, leading residents to adopt a saying "Once you live in Boca Grove, you come to cherish the lifestyle." For more information on Boca Grove, please visit

About Addison Reserve Country Club:

The Addison Reserve Country Club is a golf and tennis community of 717 luxury homes. This magnificent Club was inspired by the unique vision of famed Florida architect, Addison Mizner. The Grand Clubhouse contains the finest luxury amenities as well as casual and formal dining areas with cuisine prepared by some of the foremost country club chefs in South Florida.

The Addison Reserve offers a championship golf course designed by the renowned architect Arthur Hills. Three nine hole courses, Redemption, Trepidation and Salvation, weave through the 653 acres of the community. The Esplanade sports and recreation center features a Mediterranean-inspired swimming pool and spa, a state-of-the-art Fitness and Aerobics facility, an indoor-outdoor casual grille and a children's activity center. The Tennis Center is home to 12 tennis courts with many lighted for evening play. Our highly regarded staff of tennis professionals offers a full schedule of tennis events.

To learn more about Addison Reserve Country Club, please visit our website at

SOURCE St. Andrews Country Club