St. Augustine, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2016) – The third-annual Betty Griffin Center Golf Classic will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at the St. Johns Golf and Country Club, located at 205 Saint Johns Golf Dr. in St. Augustine.

The event, which supports the nonprofit Betty Griffin Center in providing emergency shelter and services for residents experiencing domestic or sexual abuse, begins with registration and breakfast at 7:15 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with a barbeque lunch and awards presentation to take place after the tournament at 1:30 p.m.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, so we hope golfers will come out for a wonderful day on the course to benefit a good cause,” said Betty Griffin Center Executive Director Joyce Mahr. “We’re also grateful for the area businesses who support the event by providing sponsorships and donating items for our course
contests and the prizes awarded to the winning players and teams.”

The 18-hole Clyde Johnston-designed St. Johns Golf and Country Club course offers the right amount of challenge for novice and avid golfers alike, and was rated as the fifth-best course on

The event is open to men, women and mixed foursomes, with prizes awarded to the top three teams, along with putting, proximity and hole-in-one contests. The cost per player is $100, which includes cart and green fees, range balls, breakfast, refreshments, lunch and the awards ceremony. Golfers also have a hole-in-one chance to win a new car provided Coggin Honda of St.

To register or for more information, golfers can contact Lou Kindelberger at 386-576-3029 or by e-mail at

Current sponsors include Ancient City Account, Pop-A-Lock, Matanzas Geosciences, Coggin Honda, Meehans Irish, Ancient City Accounting, Nettles Fine Jewelry and Ocean Grove RV. Sponsorships still remain for platinum sponsors ($2,000), gold sponsors ($1,000) and silver sponsors ($500), with sponsorships also available for hole flags ($150) and hole signs ($100). For more information on sponsor benefits or to sign up as a sponsor, contact Betty Griffin Center Development Director Malinda Everson at 904-808-8544 or by e-mail at

About Betty Griffin Center

The Betty Griffin Center was founded in 1990 by concerned citizens and incorporated as the Safety Shelter of St. Johns County to develop plans to provide shelter for local victims of domestic violence and their children. In 1992, the nonprofit agency contracted with a local motel for space and started a 24-hour crisis line and court advocacy program. By 1994, the agency purchased and opened Betty Griffin House as permanent shelter. The
shelter was expanded in 1998 to meet local demand, and sexual assault program was added the same year.

Today, Betty Griffin Center shelters 250 to 350 victims of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour crisis helpline, provides professional counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, provides age appropriate violence prevention training and also operates two thrift stores at Julington Square and Anastasia Square to assist in funding the agency’s ongoing operations.

For more information or to make a donation, visit To report if you or someone
you know is being abused, call the Betty Griffin Center 24-hour crisis helpline at (904) 824-1555.


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