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“Butterfly Effect” in Full Effect at Clearwater’s Fort Harrison for A Night for Scholarships

CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On January 7th, the Butterfly Effect of Golf held the first annual “Night for Scholarships” event in the Historic Fort Harrison, the Church of Scientology’s International religious retreat in Clearwater, with over 200 guests in attendance. The “butterfly effect” is the idea that even small acts can build and create more significant changes, commonly represented by a butterfly flapping its wings setting particles of air in motion which could eventually lead to something as significant as a hurricane.

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The presentation began with a performance of the National Anthem by local entertainer, Michael Graves. Dylan Pires, Community Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater, welcomed the guests to the Fort Harrison and introduced the MC, radio personality Ebone Cruz. The guest speakers were: Barney Morris, the President of the 100 Black Men of Tampa Bay and Lena Young Green, President of the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, who echoed the importance of mentoring in the lives of young people.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Bawa Jain, the Secretary General of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, gave an impassioned speech about the innate connection that people share which makes it important to use one’s personal knowledge to mentor others, especially youth. 

Dr. Jain asked the audience, “What will you do after this evening that will support mentoring initiatives such as this one?”

Mr. Robert Dooley, founder of The Butterfly Effect of Golf, spoke of how golf can instill discipline, focus and drive in young people and is a proving ground for the “butterfly effect”.

To reinforce his commitment, Mr. Dooley presented a $5,000 donation to the Hillsborough Community College Foundation which was matched by another organization for a total of $10,000. The donation will go toward college scholarships at Hillsborough Community College.

“I want to thank the Church of Scientology for providing the beautiful Fort Harrison and helping to create such an amazing event,” said Mr. Dooley.

“We know it can be difficult for charities and non-profit organizations to put on their own events when most of the funds raised have to go to hire the venue,” said Mr. Pires. “That’s why we provide the opportunity for non-profits to utilize the Fort Harrison’s facilities as a venue, at no cost.”

For more information about using the Fort Harrison’s facilities, please contact Dylan Pires at (727) 467-6860 or dylanpires@churchofscientology.net

The Fort Harrison Religious Retreat:

Since its construction in 1927, the Fort Harrison has been the home for many community events and charitable organizations. The Fort Harrison’s current owner, the Church of Scientology, has hosted over 500 community events there since a top-to-bottom restoration in 2009. The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard, and incorporated in 1954. To learn more, visit www.scientology-fso.org

CONTACT: Dylan Pires
(727) 467-6860