Women In Network's (WIN) 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament takes place on Saturday, April 6 at the Boca Greens Country Club.  This year's event benefits TransKids Purple Rainbow, an organization that helps transgender kids.

The tournament consists of two parts. Several rounds of golf are followed by an awards dinner, and dance that takes place at 6 p.m. the same day. DJ Heather Craig is working double duty as host and entertainment.  Don’t let the name fool you – Women In Network is South Florida's premier Lesbian networking organization, but the event is open to everyone.  A full field of 144 golfers is expected.

"We hope that a lot of people who aren't golfers, but who want to take part in the event will come to the awards dinner and dance after the tournament," says Denise Spivak, President of WIN’s Board of Directors.

This year's event promises to be a little different from those in the past, in part, because of the beneficiary. TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation (TKPRF) is a nonprofit organization that supports transgender kids and their families, even offering grants for medical needs not covered by insurance.  You may have heard of this organization before.  Its most famous member is a young girl named Jazz who was born a boy.  Her story has been featured on 20/20 with Barbara Walters and on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation organizes retreats, gatherings and other programs to assist kids that are struggling with their gender identity.  TKPRF also helps finance research about transgender and gender non-conforming children. If you're wondering about the name and why the group chose the color purple? The founders say it’s an alternative color to the pinks and blues assigned to children.

“I actually had to pinch myself when I heard we were chosen as this year’s beneficiary,” said Jazz's mom and TKPRF co-founder Jeanette. “No one has ever done anything like this before.  We are not a popular charity because of the stigma attached to being transgender.  This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to us.”

Women in Network is a South Florida community organization dedicated to the development, leadership, and empowerment of LBT women, their friends and supporters.  It provides professional and business networking opportunities, social and recreational events, advocacy efforts, health and educational programs, and philanthropic and scholarship support.

For more information on the golf tournament, please visit WomenInNetwork.com/Golf_Tournament.html. Denise Royal



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