You don’t have to be an active tennis player to play in this event. Over the years numerous members and their non-members guests, who play very little tennis, participate and do quite well. Make the minimum donation, sign up, and you’re good to play!
The tournament is a laid back Round Robin where the score has less value than the fun. Players get to play with multiple people over the course of about 1¾ hour.
A majority of the prizes are donations and a raffle is held after the tournament to award them. Almost everyone who plays walks away with a prize.
Come join the fun . . . . Tennis – A Lifetime Sport!!
Pickleball is a court sport played on a badminton-sized court with a perforated plastic ball and composite or wooden paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles. You don’t have to be an active pickleball player to play in this event. Since this is the first year Isla has 6 courts, make the minimum donation, sign up, and you’re good to play!
The tournament is a laid-back Round Robin where the score has less value than the fun. Players get to play with multiple people over the course of about 2 hours.
A majority of the prizes are donations, and a raffle is held after the tournament to award them.
Come join the fun . . . . Pickleball – The fastest growing sport in the USA!
Isla Del Sol Cruise
As part of the Play for Hunger festivities many of the members who keep their vessels in Isla’s yacht basin volunteer to make their boats accessible to PFH contributors for an afternoon on the beautiful waterways surrounding Isla Del Sol.
The cruise event begins with a light lunch in the clubhouse where you will meet your Captain and fellow cruisers, followed by a 2-hour cruise on the Tampa Bay waters. The boat captains and hosts typically offer “light snacks” on board for your enjoyment.
If you have special needs, please make the request at the time you sign-up for the cruise/luncheon at the front desk, and the event coordinators will do their best to make sure you have the most enjoyable day possible.
The golf portion of Play for Hunger consists of a full day of golf with Shotgun starts at 8 am and 1 pm. The format is a Golf Scramble that invites people of all skill levels to play. There are teams of men, women and mixed. You may indicate on the sign-up sheet those you would like to be included on your team(s). Additional money for the charities is raised on the day of the tournament through mulligan sales, a 50/50 raffle, a hole-in-one contest and other “on course” events.
Lunch is served after the 8 am golfers have completed play and before the 1 pm start for afternoon golfers. Trophies and prizes are awarded after the afternoon players are finished including “happy hour” beverages and snacks.
It’s an excellent time for members and guests who may not play golf regularly to enjoy Isla’s beautiful golf course, and most importantly it is a fun day supporting two great charities.
Game Day Activities
Play for Hunger seeks to involve all ISLA members, not just golfers and tennis players. So a few years ago, Game Day was initiated to give all members an opportunity to “PLAY” for Hunger. This year Game Day is open to all Members without any level of required donation.
Game Day includes the games of Mahjong, Slide Gin and Bingo. Mahjong appeals to members who play the game regularly, and of course, anyone is welcome to watch as the game is played. Slide Gin, a card game, is a favorite of card players and is very easy to learn, even on that day. And of course, Bingo is a group game that can be played by anyone! Bingo players can buy as many cards as they wish to play.
The games are timed so that all can play one game (either Mahjong or Slide Gin) in addition to Bingo. And of course, like all PFH activities, a small lunch is provided for all “gamers”.
This year we are hoping to add a putting contest and a pickle-ball exhibition in the afternoon. More information on these two events will be forthcoming.
Game Day has been a fun addition to PFH activities. We look forward to more member participation this year. Come join in the Game Day activities and help raise funds for Play for Hunger.
The four-day event ends with a celebration dinner, sponsored by the two charities as their way of saying “thank you” to everyone who gave so generously in support of their organizations.
The dinner is held on Tuesday evening. The Isla main dining room is beautifully decorated representing the theme of the event, where a delicious meal is served by the Isla staff. The program consists of the “Presentation Check” to Daystar and St Pete Free Clinic, along with the traditional candle lighting and singing of the Play for Hunger theme song written by one of our own members several years ago.
It is the perfect way to end a weekend full of fun and for members to come together for an evening of reflection and celebration of the true “giving” nature of our club.