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palmer course design celebrates

Palmer Course Design is celebrating its 35th year creating designs throughout the world. The 15-member team has designed and constructed more than 300 courses, many of which have hosted prominent golf tournaments.

Later this year, Palmer Course Design will begin construction on its first golf course in the newly-launched Palmer Premier series, which will be exclusive to high-end developments. The design team has also been readying its course at The K Club in County Kildare, Ireland, for the 2006 Ryder Cup on Sept. 22-24. Founded on the philosophy and standards of excellence set forth by the game's ambassador, Arnold Palmer, Palmer Course Design applies fundamental design elements to any style of course and is committed to providing a great golf experience as the company continues to develop its exciting new designs.

For more information, visit www.palmerdesign.com or call (904) 285-3960.

single greatest night success

More than 300 guests raised $75,000 at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's ninth annual Single Greatest Night at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. During the evening, Jacksonville's finest singles were honored for their commitment to the community and area charities.

Forty honorees were recognized for their success in raising money to fund cystic fibrosis medical research. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing to live music by Boogie Freaks and an awards presentation hosted by Charlene Shirk of First Coast News and Shotgun of WROO. Additional funds were generated with the silent auction and the Bid For a Cure.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955 to control the disease, improve the quality of life for those affected, and help develop a cure. For more information, visit www.cff.org.

toastmasters

Toast of Jax Toastmasters meets every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Road. Toastmasters is an international organization with the purpose of improving public speaking and communication skills. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Dan Sizemore at (904) 230-1432 or visit www.toastofjax.org.

appraisal fair

The 2006 Appraisal Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Flagler Hospital's Wolfe conference room, 400 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine. Floyd Jones, international antiques expert and television appraiser from Appraise It, will be giving appraisals for $15 per item or set. All proceeds will benefit Flagler Hospital and the Pena-Peck House. For more information call (904) 819-4626.

italian-american of the year

Sons of Italy of St. Augustine Lodge No. 2780 will present the Italian-American of the Year Award to Alex Christine at 7 p.m. Saturday at Amici's Banquet Room, 1915 A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 per person; space is limited and reservations are recommended.

Alex Christine is a local attorney who has given his time and talent to those in need in the local community. He has provided pro bono assistance, volunteered at St. Gerard House and assisted in adoption proceedings and is involved in many other community programs. For tickets and more information, call (904) 461-1384 or (904) 460-0975.

environmental youth congress

The seventh annual Environmental Youth Congress, "Down to Earth," will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Event is free and open to the public.

A benefit dinner for the Florida Wildlife Federation will follow at 6 p.m. at the Lightkeepers house, catered by Manatee Cafe. Tickets are available at Graphics Ink, 835-C Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, or by contacting Jacob Hamilton at (904) 501-1681 or Jordan Whitmore at (904) 501-1004. …