Pinnacle - Jupiter Medical Center

Fall 2018

Pinnacle is the official magazine of Jupiter Medical Center which provides world class health care in Palm Beach County

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44 | PINNACLE | | PINNACLE | Pro Golfer ON A MISSION BRAD FAXON: The new tournament chairman of the Annual Charity Golf Classic Pro golfer Brad Faxon Jr. is bringing char- ity to the forefront. "I'm so lucky to play golf for a living, and I feel compelled to give back," says Faxon. "It's important, worthwhile, and satisfying. This is a chance for me to make a big impact." Faxon is the new tournament chairman of the Annual Charity Golf Classic to benefit Ju- piter Medical Center, which celebrates its for- tieth year in November. And he has big plans to up the ante on the game. "There's gold to be found in Palm Beach County," says the 35-year Tour vet and Fox Sports golf analyst. Faxon, 56, intends to mine not only country clubs for golf pros but also the PGA, Ladies Professional Golf Association, and PGA Tour Champions, estimating that 75 such golfers live within putting distance. "It seems the en- tire PGA Tour has relocated between Hobe Sound and Delray Beach," he says. "Together, we can make this golf classic a lot bigger and better than it already is." (For those keeping score, throughout history the PGA has donat- ed $2 billion to various charities.) Faxon and his family—wife Dory and their teenage daughter, Charlotte—joined the Florida fairway faction four years ago when they settled in Palm Beach Gardens. Dory's parents already lived there, and the Faxons have made many friends nearby. "We love it here," says the golfer. Part of that affair of the heart has to do with Jupiter Medical Center. "When you have a community hospital that can save lives, that's easy to get behind," he says. "I would like to raise not just money but also more awareness of Jupiter Medical Center and what it's doing. The attitude [in South Florida] used to be, if you got sick, you hopped on a plane. I don't want people to go somewhere else when we have quality and compassionate personal health care right here." With more than 1,000 people moving to the state of Florida daily, and Jupiter's population steadily rising (from 5,000 residents in 1979 to more than 56,000 today), Jupiter Medical Center continues to grow to keep pace. In its 40 years, the center has increased its patient roster from 1,800 to 108,000. Funds raised through the Annual Charity Golf Classic will enable the nonprofit, community hospital to expand services to meet the needs of those patients without losing the friendly, customized treatment it values so much. "If you've ever visited Jupiter Medical Center, you would see why I am a big fan," Faxon says. "We've all been to an emergency room in a city other than where we live and didn't feel a connection and compassion. At Jupiter Medical Center, people care and look you in the eye." He also believes strongly that golf tournaments make for powerful fundraisers. In 1992, Faxon and fellow golfer Billy Andrade harnessed the talents of celebrity pals including musicians, actors, and baseball players in Faxon's home state of Rhode Island to create the Andrade Faxon Charities for Children golf event, which has raised $8 million for women and children's charities. In 1999, the duo launched the CVS Health Charity Classic. Now in its twentieth year, the event has raised $21 million for various charities. The son and grandson of ardent golfers in his hometown of Barrington, Rhode Island, Faxon grew up golfing at the local country club while also playing hockey and baseball. At 15, a decade after first picking up a club, he decided to focus solely on golf. He also worked as a caddie, which introduced him to Florida. "Almost all the players would say, 'I can't wait to move to Florida,'" he recalls. He attended Greenville, South Carolina's Furman University on a golf scholarship, where he was a two-time All-American (in 1982 and1983) and won the 1983 Haskins Award as the nation's most outstanding collegiate golfer. That same year, he turned pro and has since won eight times on the PGA Tour and twice on the PGA Tour Champions, played in two Ryder Cups, and won the 1993 Australian Open. It's a life that keeps him on the road 25 weeks a year, swinging with some pretty high-profile athletes. He has played all over the globe—including in Scotland, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, and Korea—and has teed up with famous faces like the Eagles' Glenn Frey; actor Bill Murray; and sports legends Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Sandy Koufax, Bobby Orr, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, and Larry Bird. He has met six presidents and golfed with two of them, Donald Trump and George H.W. Bush, the latter of whom has become a good friend. But it's Florida that's the real hole in one for Faxon. "This is the place I'll spend the rest of my life," he says. "The area is paradise, and supporting Jupiter Medical Center will only make it an even better place to live." Ç For more information about the fortieth anniversary Annual Charity Golf Classic, please call 561.263.5728; to register for the event, please visit By Michele Meyer | Photography by Gabriel Roux

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