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2017 Dream Cup Challenge golf tournament raises over $47,000 for Seminole State

The  Foundation for Seminole State College's 34th annual Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament was held April 17 at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes.

The Foundation for Seminole State College welcomed 124 business leaders and College supporters to its 34th annual Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament presented by CFE Federal Credit Union, raising $47,585 for programs, scholarships and other areas of need at the College.

The 18-hole competition, held April 17 at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, featured putting and course contests, lunch, raffle prizes and a catered dinner. This year, the event had 15 community partners sponsoring holes at the tournament and welcomed the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium as a new sponsor.

“We are again overwhelmed by the tournament and hole sponsors, players and everyone that made our annual Dream Cup a huge success,” said John Gyllin, vice president of resource and economic development for Seminole State. “The day was special, and the funds raised are truly changing lives.”

Sponsoring partners included:

  • Presenting Sponsor: CFE Federal Credit Union
  • Awards Reception Sponsor: Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Prizes Sponsor: Coastal Mechanical
  • Lunch Sponsor: Jax 5th Avenue Deli & Ale House
  • Beverage Sponsor: Wayne M. Densch Charities, Inc.
  • Putting Contest Sponsor: Trademark Press Solutions, Inc.
  • Dream Gala Car Raffle Sponsor: Central Florida Auto Dealers Association
Alyssa Oakes

Before the tournament began, two student-athletes were honored with the Mack Blythe Outstanding Freshman of the Year awards for their accomplishments on and off the field. Blythe, the College’s former Business Department chair, founded the Dream Cup Challenge to raise money for student programs and scholarships.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Alyssa “Bear” Oakes, an athletic-training student and catcher on the Raider softball team. Noted for her leadership, she volunteers for all athletic service projects and works as a summer camp counselor. She has an outstanding batting average of .697, including 16 doubles, two triples, 47 RBIs and 101 total bases. She is ranked second on the team in home runs with five.
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    Stuart Rodriguez, an engineering student and pitcher on the Raider baseball team. Recognized as a team leader on and off the field, he volunteered for disabled youth baseball and the Central Florida Heart Walk. He is ranked second on the pitching staff in innings pitched and keeping opposing players to the lowest batting average against him, and stands third in wins and strikeouts.

Thirty-one foursomes took the course during this year’s Challenge. The winning foursome was Don Carlo, Mike Carlo, Dewey Gossett and Chase Khoshou, representing Jax 5th Avenue Deli & Ale House.

The Dream Cup Challenge is one of Seminole County’s premier golf events, perennially garnering a great deal of community support. The Dream Cup Challenge and the Dream Gala, both held during the Spring Term each year, are the Foundation's two largest fundraisers of the year.

Foundation for Seminole State College: The Foundation for Seminole State College, founded in 1968, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that enhances the College's programs and services through the development and management of private contributions, public grants and community partnerships. For more information, visit

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