East Lake’s inaugural senior class gets $84,000 from Holmes, others

The East Lake Foundation got at $84,000 pledge of support from golfer J.B. Holmes and several members of the East Lake Golf Club - $1,000 for each of the 84 graduating seniors from the Drew Charter School.

Known as the ‘84 for 84’ campaign, the donation marks the graduation of the inaugural senior class at the school.

“You see all the good work they’ve done in just this area and this community,” Holmes said. “I had a U.S. Open qualifier when I was in high school down here at East Lake. Let’s just say it was a rough area around the golf course. It’s very awesome to see they’ve put a lot of work into and helping the community be able to achieve. The school has done great, great things, and being able to get kids to go to college and give them a proper education. Any time you see any foundation or whatever that’s getting really good results and doing all the right things, you definitely want to help them.”

The Drew Charter School opened in 2000 with the mission of providing a cradle-to-college education for members of the Village of East Lake.

“We are so appreciative of the ongoing support from East Lake Golf Club and from PGA Tour players like J.B. Holmes,” said Danny Shoy, President of the East Lake Foundation. “This is always a special week for the East Lake Foundation, enabling us to share our story of community empowerment and revitalization with a global audience. It’s because of the generosity of our strongest supporters that we can continue to strive to deliver hope to East Lake.”

Holmes is competing in his second Tour Championship this week. He finished tied for eighth last year.