As part of a full weekend event at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club, a reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 with hors d’oeuvres, and beer and wine, for a $10 entry fee. A cash bar for spirits will also be available, and live music by George Boyer and Cletus Heaps. A silent auction will take place, including items such as limited edition prints of historic military and cultural events, and area hotel stays. Some of the items can be seen at www.CampGordonJohnston.com or www.stjoebaygolf.com.
A benefit golf tournament will then follow on Saturday, Nov. 10, with proceeds to support the Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum and the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club. The club is open to the public and the tournament will be a four-player, scramble format, kicking off at 12:30 p.m. with a short ceremony to honor America’s veterans and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
A meal and awards ceremony will follow. Cash prizes for the tournament include $400 to the first-place team, $350 for second, and $200 for third. A hole-in-one challenge will offer a $10,000 cash prize.
The museum has been honored by Smithsonian Magazine for six straight years and is dedicated to preserving the memories of the amphibious soldiers who trained at the camp in Carrabelle. The museum houses more than 10,000 square feet of artifacts, vehicles, photos, memorabilia and memories of the soldiers, sailors, and other military, as well as civilian, personnel who trained at the camp during the war years.
Hole sponsorships and tournament registration information can be found at www.stjoebaygolf.com, or by calling 227-1751. Special lodging packages are available; call the Mainstay Suites at 229-6246 for a reservation. The event is being supported by the Gulf County Tourist Development Council.