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Few Tickets Remain as Sporting Affair XXVI, Chopper Dropper Come to Suntree Country Club

Annual Florida Tech Athletics
Fundraiser Friday, March 16

MELBOURNE, FLA. — On March 16 at Suntree Country Club, the closest golf ball to the pin will win someone the $50,000 grand prize as Florida Institute of Technology holds its 15th Annual Chopper Dropper.

The event is a key part of the university’s biggest fundraiser for athletics scholarships, the annual Sporting Affair XXVI, which also features food and drink, a silent auction and more. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m., with the Chopper Dropper scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m.

The title sponsor of Sporting Affair XXVI is Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne.

Chopper Dropper involves dropping 2,000 numbered golf balls from a helicopter onto a putting green, with the ball closest to the pin winning the holder of that number the $50,000 grand prize. There is also a $10,000 second prize and 15 $1,000 prizes, as well.

Limited tickets remain for a suggested donation of $100 each at

There is also plenty to do before and after those golf balls drop.

A cocktail buffet reception will feature food from sponsors The Broken Barrel Tavern and Carrabba’s. There will be a silent auction featuring unique sports memorabilia and more, and a 50/50 cash raffle.

Other event sponsors are Berman Hopkins Wright LaHam CPAs & Associates and Jersey Mike’s Subs.

Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper benefit Florida Tech’s 22 sports programs and more than 550 student athletes by generating funding for athletic scholarships.

For more information and to purchase Chopper Dropper tickets, visit or

Click here for an audio interview with Florida Tech Athletics Director Bill Jurgens about Chopper Dropper.

EDITORS/PRODUCERS: Please contact the University News Bureau at or 321-674-8964 prior to the event to ensure access.


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