There were a lot of numbers at Florida Tech’s 11th Annual Chopper Dropper on March 14, such as the $50,000 awarded to grand prize winner Michael Kenemuth of Melbourne, or the 152 golfers who took thousands of swings in the Sporting Affair XXII Golf Tourney.
But the numbers that mattered most were these: 22 and 550.
Those refer to the 22 Florida Tech sports programs and 550 student-athletes that will benefit from the university’s biggest annual athletics fundraiser. This year’s Sporting Affair grossed $500,000 from Chopper Dropper ticket sales, athletic partners, golf teams and hole sponsors, in-kind donations and more.
The key number for Kenemuth was 619. That was the number on his winning golf ball, one of 2,000 numbered golf balls dropped out of a helicopter above the driving range at Suntree Country Club. No. 619 rolled closest to the pin. Rakesh Shah of Tampa was the $10,000 winner in the Chopper Dropper.
And 15 others received $1,000 as runner-up winners. They were: Steve Badolato of Indian Harbour Beach; Dennis Brennan of West Hartford, Conn.; Frank and Cathy Bright of Satellite Beach; Scott and Janet Buescher of Melbourne; John and Dolly Casko of Melbourne; Deborah Criddle of Palm Shores; David Curri of Indian Harbour Beach; Tristan and Sandy Fiedler of Indialantic; Mike and Diane Grieves of Cocoa Beach; Vicki Mayhew of Albuquerque, N.M.; Randy Muns of Chico, Texas; Jared Nunes of Palm Bay; Susie Putnam of Indialantic; Yvonne Schopke of Indialantic; and Rochelle Vaccarelli of Melbourne.