The Heights Foundation announces its ninth annual benefit golf tournament, “Swing For The Kids,” scheduled for Friday, September 27, at The Plantation Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the event will support The Heights Center’s vital programs aimed at fostering strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers.

Last year’s tournament raised more than $41,000. This year, organizers aim to surpass that amount to further support initiatives such as School Success and the enriching summer camp programs at The Heights Center.

“The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average,” said Kathryn Kelly, Founder and CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center. “This tournament will help support programs at The Heights Center including School Success and our enriching summer camp.”

The event will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m., followed by a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. After a day on the course, participants can look forward to a delicious dinner buffet and awards ceremony.

Golfers and sponsors are encouraged to register soon. A foursome is $650, and sponsorship opportunities that include golf packages and recognition are available. The deadline for sponsorship is September 15, and the deadline for golfer registration is September 20.

For more information about the tournament, to register, or to explore sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Annie Campbell at (239) 482-7706 or [email protected].

About The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center

The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.   Our mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts.    The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.   Heights Early Learning serves more than 85 babies through 4 years old.   The Heights Center serves 163 children in AfterSchool and 153 children in SummerCamp.    The Harlem Heights Community Charter School serves 200 children from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community.   Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments.    Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian.    The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average.  As a result, families cannot easily access family support services in downtown Fort Myers and benefit greatly from programs within the neighborhood.