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Minority Builders Coalition announces Second Annual E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic

MINORITY-BUILDERS-COALITIONMinority Builders Coalition announces Second Annual E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic

By Ann Marie Sorrell

      FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Minority Builders Coalition, Inc. (MBC) will host its Second Annual E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic: Crazy Pants Edition on June 10, 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club.

The golf classic serves as one of the organization’s signature fundraisers. The tournament is named after E. Pat Larkins, who grew up in a segregated Pompano Beach, fought for equal rights and was the city’s first African-American Mayor. In addition, he was a federally certified housing-development specialist who created the Broward County Minority Builders Coalition in 1971.

This year’s Honorary Chair is Mayor Wayne Messam of the City of Miramar.  Mayor Messam is a member of Minority Builders Coalition and has heeded the call to public service as did E. Pat Larkin and our 2015 Honorary Chair Robert McKinzie, Vice Mayor for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Mayor Messam has always had a commitment to public service; he was elected to the City of Miramar Commission in March of 2011. He currently serves on the National League of Cities – Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Steering Committee. He served two terms as chair of the Broward County Small Business Development Advisory Board where he has been very influential in the policy recommendations that affect the local and small business programs for Broward County and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms. He also served as past vice-chair of the Miramar’s Planning and Zoning Board. Mayor Messam is the principal founder of Messam Construction, founded in 2003, a statewide Minority Owned construction firm with offices in Miami, Miramar, and South Bay.

MBC invites golfers, corporate and business professionals, community members and anyone that wants to dig out their most outrageous golf attire and have some fun to join Mayor Wayne Messam in this exciting event.

The Florida Panthers and the Florida Panthers Foundation are presenting sponsors of this year’s tournament. Brian C. Johnson, president and CEO of the MBC states, “The golf tournament is really more like a family reunion attended by the supporters of equality and fairness as well as those who we work with to ensure affordable and safe housing for seniors and others in our communities.

“We are grateful that the Florida Panthers Foundation is leading the parade this year and their support of this event reflects their commitment to the betterment of the communities in their market.”

In addition to the Florida Panthers, MBC is proud to also introduce the City of Miramar and The Cooradiono Group as the platinum sponsors for the event. “Having the City of Miramar and The Corradino Group as sponsors really acknowledges the hard work that Minority Builders is providing with the communities that we serve”.

“Organizations like the Minority Builders Coalition are a valuable resource that identifies qualified minority-owned businesses to do business in the City they call home. These are the kinds of partnerships our residents and business community directly benefit from and we’re pleased to extend this collaboration,” stated City Manager Kathleen Woods-Richardson.

In addition to our wonderful sponsors the event   will feature contests including Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Craziest Golf Attire, and more. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, door prizes, Crazy Pants Fashion show and loads of other entertainment and fun. The Golf Classic will tee off at 9 a.m.  Registration fees are $200 for individuals, $800 for a foursome and $50 to attend the luncheon. Teams and individuals can register at minoritybuilders.org.

Proceeds from the Second Annual E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic: Crazy Pants Edition will support initiatives and pro-grams for the growth and development of local minority contractors, affordable housing for low to moderate income families, and safe homes for seniors in Broward County.

MBC’s mission is to create a fertile environment for minority, women, and veteran owned construction related businesses, certified small businesses, and professional services to thrive and grow; thereby, creating ample opportunities for wealth building and jobs creation for South Florida’s most underserved communities. Minority Builders Coalition provides several services for its members including capacity building training and development, advocacy, networking opportunities, and more. In addition to membership services, Minority Builders Coalition partners with local, county and city governments to preserve quality affordable housing for senior citizens and low to moderate income families. Services include home repairs to correct code violations, prevent further deterioration, and to stop the loss of energy and infiltration of outside elements to owner-occupied households. The no-cost home repairs specifically aim to improve the safety, health and living conditions of these clients and make their living environment and surroundings a more habitable place.

To learn more about the 2nd Annual E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic: Crazy Pants Edition, contact Ann Marie Sorrell at the Mosaic Group at (561)290.6739,

asorrell@upscalebymosaic.com.   For more information about Minority Builders Coalition and to register for the E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic: Crazy Pants Edition, visit www.minoritybuilders.org

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