Sporting Affair XXIV, Chopper Dropper Offer Golf, Food, Fun for a Good Cause

Annual Florida Tech Events March 11 at Suntree Country Club

MELBOURNE, FLA. — It may not be the usual type of springtime precipitation, but on March 11 at Suntree Country Club it will rain thousands of golf balls as Florida Institute of Technology holds its 13th Annual Chopper Dropper.

The event is a key part of the university’s biggest fundraiser for athletics scholarships, the annual Sporting Affair XXIV, which also features a golf tournament, food and drink, a silent auction and more.

Chopper Dropper involves dropping 2,000 numbered golf balls from a helicopter onto a putting green, with the ball closest to the pin winning the holder of that number a $50,000 grand prize. There is also a $10,000 second prize and 15 $1,000 prizes, as well.

Tickets are available now for a suggested donation of $100 each.

There is also plenty to do before and after those golf balls drop.

A cocktail buffet reception sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne will feature food from Florida Tech athletic partners The Broken Barrel Tavern, Matt’s Casbah, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill. There will be a silent auction featuring unique sports memorabilia and much more, and a 50/50 cash raffle will be held that last year sent the winner home with over $2,000.

And of course there is the golf tournament at the beautiful, and normally members-only, Suntree Country Club. Qualifying golfers will also have a shot at $1 million in the hole-in-one shootout.

Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper benefit Florida Tech’s 22 sports programs and more than 550 student athletes by generating funding for athletic scholarships.

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