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September 21, 2018

Tournament raises $30,000 for FGCU scholarships

Foundation fundraiser supports new construction management major

With a new construction management major on the horizon, the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Foundation created a new way to generate financial support for students. Dubbed the Eagle Eye Clay Shooting Tournament, the event featured seven teams competing Sept. 7 at the Bermont Shooting Club in Punta Gorda. The tournament generated roughly $30,000 for scholarships for future construction management students.

Joining in the fun were Bob Koenig, Molly Scott, Dr. Richard Behr, dean of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, and Sean Smiley.

“The clays tournament was a ‘blast’ – literally,” said Richard Behr, dean of FGCU’s U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering. “It was a great show of camaraderie and support from local business for the BS in Construction Management program that we are gearing up to launch in summer 2019. Strong industry support for our construction management program will enable us to build a truly outstanding program. Thank you to everyone who took a shot at supporting our new construction management initiative.”

Sponsors for the event included Chris-Tel Construction; UBS Genesis Wealth Management; B&I Contractors, Inc.; Coca-Cola; Lee Drywall; Gulf Point Construction; RG Architects, P.A; and Shoot Center.

“It was a great event,” said Molly Scott, manager of marketing and public relations for Chris-Tel Construction. “Chris-Tel was happy to continue our support of FGCU by stepping up to be the grand sponsor for the inaugural clay shooting tournament. We were delighted by the response of so many participants and with the amount of money raised. We hope this will be an annual event for the university and the construction management program.”

Jeremy King, vice president of wealth management at UBS Genesis Wealth Management, said “UBS Genesis Wealth Management wanted to raise money for scholarships at FGCU’s [construction management major]. The Eagle Eye Tournament provided a platform for many of our area leaders in construction to come together for a cause that will benefit Southwest Florida for many years to come.”

For more information about the tournament, contact Angela Kunkle at 239-745-4343 or [email protected].