Blair Group’s Golf Tournament Generates
Record Donations for Make-A-Wish

Since 2006, the Blair Open has raised over $180,000

Lakeland, Fla. (May 12, 2016) – On Friday, May 13, Blair Group will host its 28th Annual Blair Open Golf Tournament at Cypress Lakes’ Big Cypress Golf Club in Lakeland, Florida.

Since 2006, this event has generated over $180,000 for Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida. Blair Group president, Bob Young and his partner, Steve Sembler have united with Make-A-Wish for the past 11 years and in doing so have helped to grant 24 wishes of 24 deserving children impacted by life-threatening medical conditions.

Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida advisory board member and tournament participant, Penny Parks said, “Seeing the Blair Group community come together on behalf of these children is such an inspiring experience and because of their efforts our Wish Kids are able to envision life beyond doctors appointments with renewed hope.”

Event day food was donated by SYSCO, and generous contributions from the many friends, vendors and associates of Bob Young and Blair Group continue to come in.

Special thanks to these Diamond Level Sponsors:

  • ACME Glass
  • Beard Equipment
  • Bright House
  • CALIC Group
  • Chris’ A/C Company
  • Citrus 7 Pump Station Services
  • Cypress Lakes Entertainment Committee
  • Fox Plumbing
  • Harrell’s
  • Jacobsen Homes
  • Patriot Bank
  • Sembler Investments
  • Syngenta
  • Sysco

The May 13th event brought in over $30,000, all of which benefits Make-A-Wish of Central & Northern Florida. Blair Group looks forward to hosting again next year.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 174,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®. Visit Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida’s website to learn more,, Facebook: