MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Tech Sporting Affair’s Seventh Annual Chopper Dropper, held March 19 at the Suntree Country Club, delivered cash prizes to 13 lucky winners, including the Melbourne, Fla., law firm of Platt, Jacobus, Fielding & Ville Trial Lawyers LLC who took the $25,000 grand prize. The event, part of Sporting Affair XVIII, raises money for Florida Institute of Technology athlete scholars.
Exactly 2,000 numbered golf balls were loaded into a helicopter and dropped near the Suntree Country Club clubhouse. The ball landing closest to the flag won.
The $10,000 prize for the ball landing second closest to the pin went to Mark Thompson of Melbourne, Fla.; the $5,000 prize for third closest was claimed by William Muns of Dallas, Texas. Ten runner-up prizes of $1,000 each went to Robert Martin, PKA House Foundation, Sam Sentz, Andrew Clark, Rick Baney, Jane McCallum, Kyle Culver, Steven Konrath, Joe Glover and Bisk Education.
Chopper Dropper participants also had the opportunity to attend a cocktail buffet reception, sponsored by Audi of Melbourne, and participate in a live auction and raffle.
Sporting Affair XVIII also included a golf tournament with a $1 Million Hole-in-One Shootout sponsored by Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam.
“Sporting Affair was a lot of fun and made some winners very happy. Although we don’t have final figures yet, our sponsorships were up more than 10 percent over last year. It was probably our best fund-raiser for athletic scholarships ever,” said John Thomas, director of athletic partnerships.
Major sponsors included Audi of Melbourne, Beachside Physical Therapy, Berman, Hopkins, Wright & LaHam, Bisk Education, Bright House Networks, Coca Cola, Dean Mead Attorneys at Law, MIMA Sports Medicine, National Management Resources and Platt, Jacobus, Fielding & Ville.