Golf tournament to aid orphans and families

A Lantana couple’s love of golf and family has grown into a passion for making a difference in the lives of orphaned children around the world.

John and Courtney Spitler are organizing the 2nd Annual Give Hope Golf Classic, hosted by the Encompass Group, to benefit orphanCare International, the humanitarian aid program of Dillon International, which provides food, clothing, education and medical care to children in five countries.

The Spitlers are the parents of a 4-year-old daughter adopted through Dillon International’s Korea program in 2008 and are currently in the process of adopting a son from Korea.

The family also has two biological daughters, ages 9 and 6.

Through their adoption experience, the family became aware of the needs of orphans all over the world.

“We are passionate about raising awareness for the children whose lives are touched by Dillon, but who may never have a forever family of their own,” said Courtney Spitler.

“These children, through no choice of their own, are in dire need of medical resources, educational opportunities and someone to step forward and show them compassion and love. That is exactly what orphanCare International does – meet not only the physical needs of children in distress, but pour love and encouragement into them as well.”

The family organized the first Give Hope Golf Classic last fall and are excited to see growth in this year’s event, which features a long-drive exhibition and several hole-in-one prizes including a $10,000 cash prize, choice of premium golf equipment, a premium electronics package and airline tickets for two.

“Through the Give Hope Golf Classic, we are excited for the opportunity to directly help children in need,” said Spitler.

The golf tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4, at The Tribute Golf Club, 1000 Lebanon Rd., in The Colony, with day-of registration starting at 11:00 a.m. and events concluding with an awards dinner held at 6:00 p.m.

Those interested in participating can visit for an event schedule, registration and sponsorship fees and general information.  

For more information about Dillon International, a 39-year-old, licensed, non-profit adoption and humanitarian aid agency that is affiliated with Dallas-based Buckner International, please visit

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