• The San Juan Daily Star

Liberty Foundation donates $600K from golf tourney to nonprofits

The recent Liberty Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament yielded a record $600,000 in donations for 27 non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By John McPhaul

The Liberty Foundation closed the 24th edition of the Liberty Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament last week by awarding a record donation of $600,000 among 27 non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

The donation was presented Nov. 18 during the Embracing Hope celebration dinner, which was held in Río Grande.

The 27 organizations that received donations this year were Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, Manuel Fernández Juncos Children’s House, Virgilio Dávila Family House, Espibi Center, Sor Isolina Ferré Centers, USVI Community Foundation, Peace for Women Coordinator, Children’s Choir San Juan, EcoExploratorio Museum of Sciences of Puerto Rico, Alas a la Mujer Foundation, A-Mar Foundation, CAP Foundation, Felisa Rincón de Gautier Foundation, San Cristóbal Cuna Home, Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús Children’s Home, Ruth Home, Teresa Homes Toda, Puerto Rico Youth at Risk, Kinesis, Make Music Happen, Movement for the Outreach of Independent Living (MAVI), Children of New Hope, PECES Project, SER from Puerto Rico, American Society Against Cancer of Puerto Rico, Society of Women Coders and the YMCA of San Juan.

“We are more committed than ever to connecting with more communities through the markets we serve. Like the $1 million investment for socio-economic development that we recently announced, this additional $600,000 donation strengthens that promise even more,” said Naji Khoury, president and CEO of Liberty Puerto Rico and president of the Liberty Foundation. “We feel that it is very important to continue the work of the Foundation, empowering these extraordinary organizations to help as many underserved communities and populations as possible in Puerto Rico and the USVI.”

Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was a special guest at the event. Rodríguez donated an original baseball shirt for an auction that helped raise additional funds. Ale Croatto, grandson of the late folk singer Tony Croatto, delighted the audience with a sample of his repertoire. The guests also had a sample of Puerto Rican culture with a batuplena band and bomba dancers that got the audience dancing.

Khoury thanked both new and returning sponsors and partners as they make the event possible and impact it each year. He also thanked the Liberty executives and employees who donated their time and talents to ensure the success of the tournament. He added that their contribution is vital in every step of the process, from fundraising to organizing and executing the tournament logistics, which included organizing events in two separate venues, coordinating over 200 guests, and protection protocols against COVID-19.

Liberty has been raising funds for community organizations in Puerto Rico since 1996, when it donated $19,000 for Hogar San José in Luquillo. Since then, Liberty Puerto Rico and the Liberty Foundation have donated more than $5.1 million to over 35 non-profit organizations throughout the island and the USVI.

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