A new organization has been created to support football programs serving the Wellington community.
The Wellington Football Foundation was recently formed as an independent Florida nonprofit corporation to promote and support recreational and scholastic football programs for children of all ages and genders in the Wellington community. The foundation has filed an application with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service seeking to be recognized as a charitable and tax-exempt entity.
The WFF is led by a board of directors made up of dedicated community residents, including Sam Logan, Bryan Raymond, Andrew Mack, Angela Logan, Ted Miloch and Brittany Russell. There are no paid positions at the all-volunteer organization.
In addition to financial support of football programs, the foundation believes strongly in the value of community service. The Wellington Football Foundation will promote and provide opportunities for players and interested community members to give back to the Wellington community through volunteerism.
The WFF’s goals for the remainder of 2021 include raising funds to replace aging and out-of-date equipment for Wellington High School’s football programs and renovate sports-related equipment rooms.
Looking toward 2022 and beyond, the foundation will provide scholarships for players in both school and recreational programs to assist families who may have difficulty in paying participation fees. This will help make sure that no child is prevented from participating in the sport of football due to an inability to pay participation fees.
The Wellington Football Foundation’s first project was the renovation of the Wellington High School concession stand. The concession stand now sports a fresh coat of paint on the floors and tables, has been decluttered and is ready for the 2021 season.
The WFF’s first major fundraiser was held on Saturday, July 31 at the Madison Green Country Club, when 54 golfers participated in the Wellington Football Foundation’s inaugural golf classic. Several sponsors supported the tournament and together raised $5,000. This money will be donated to the WHS football program weightlifting room renovation project.
The title sponsor for the tournament was the Blue Team, a commercial property service company. Other sponsors included Luxe Custom Airbrush Tanning, Express Seamless Gutters, Bryan M. Raymond Esq., Palm Beach Sports, Beauty on the Spot, the Romano Law Group and Peter Arianas for Congress.
The group also thanks Scott Stowell, the golf director at Madison Green, and WFF Board Member Bryan Raymond for working tirelessly to make the tournament happen with little notice. Board members Andrew Mack, Sam Logan, Brittany Russell and Angela Logan were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. Liz Wilson, Jacob Logan, Eva Mack and Jadyn Mack volunteered to work at the tournament, and everyone’s contribution made the event a resounding success.
The group’s next event will be a poker tournament, and there are more ideas to involve the community in future projects and fundraisers.
For more information about the Wellington Football Foundation, visit www.wellingtonfootballfoundation.com. You can also find the organization on Instagram and Facebook @wellingtonfootballfoundation.