Fast fact -- Did you know that the "Champagne Tony" Lema Memorial Pro-Am golf tournament was played here for 14 years? The Mackle brothers of Deltona selected Tony as playing pro for the Marco Island Country club. He earned his nickname by giving champagne to the press corps each time he won a golf match, which was often. When his life was tragically cut short in a plane crash, the Mackles instituted the competition in his memory. It attracted sports celebrities and stars from other fields, raising thousands every year for charity.
For more details of his career, visit the sports exhibit at our local library.
What's new with the Historical Society? Attention, golfers! The Bel Air Company is sponsoring a charity golf atournament to benefit the Marco Island Historical Society on Dec. 1 at the Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club.
This will be a "shotgun scatter" event that will include lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, a barbecue dinner, beverages, raffles and prizes. Reservations must be made by Nov. 20 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. So send your check for $125 as soon as possible if you plan to enter. For a donation of $150, you can sponsor a hole and this money will go to the Historical Society as well. Phone 513-1300 or fax 513-2131 for details. The local contact person for the Society is Jerry Masters at 394-3917. For e-mail information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
A museum for Marco Island -- We're avid collectors -- can you help us out? If you have any artifacts, mementoes, books, photos or other collectibles from the island's past, we'd love to take possession of them for you and preserve them for posterity. Don't let those things mold away in your storage area and finally fall into the hands of some distant relative who won't know what to do with them.
We do know. We have professionals on our staff who are skilled in conservation techniques and can find a place of honor for them in our future museum here on Marco Island.
We can furnish receipts for tax purposes if you desire, and we will display the items with your name on them if you wish.
Call Marion Nicolay at 394-1254.