PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - John Domenico, who has been on the Board of Directors of Children's Healthcare Charity, Inc. for the past eight years, has been appointed to lead the charitable arm of The Honda Classic.
Domenico will serve as President of the Board of Directors in addition to remaining a member of the Executive Committee of Children's Healthcare Charity, replacing Joe Steranka who has completed his four-year term as President. Steranka replaced original President Paul Bremer in 2014.
"I am honored to have been asked to lead the board of the Honda Classic, working with (Executive Director) Ken Kennerly, (Tournament Director) Andrew George and their awesome team of professionals," Domenico said. "I have some big shoes to fill following Joe Steranka and Paul Bremer as past presidents, but I am confident in knowing that they are still on our board and continue to help grow the donations that we make to the children's charities of Palm Beach County."
The new Honda Classic role adds to Domenico's extensive record of devotion to the Palm Beach County community since he moved to the area more than 30 years ago.
A Managing Director and Private Client Advisor for US Trust, he has extensive local experience serving ultra high net worth individuals, family trusts and foundations in addition to Philanthropic Institutional clients and has been active in numerous associations and not for profit boards throughout Palm Beach County.
In addition to his eight years on the Honda Classic board, six as Vice President, Domenico is currently a Board Member of the American Heart Association and the Boy Scouts of America - Gulfstream Council as well as a former Executive Board member of the Palm Beach Opera, former Chairman of the Society of the Palm Beaches, a past Board Member of the Governors Club of the Palm Beaches, and past Chairman of the ADT LPGA golf tournament.
"John Domenico and Joe Steranka are two really good guys be it in their support of charity or life in general," said Barbara Nicklaus, who will remain Co-Chair of the Board along with her son Gary. "When Joe came to us after his tenure with PGA of America, he brought with him a wealth of knowledge about the game of golf and how golf can be a wonderful vehicle for giving back. He was an ideal fit as President and his contributions were enormous.
"John, like Joe, will never let any grass grow under his feet. and he also understands how golf can be a wonderful vehicle for giving back. He has great experience dealing with individuals and foundations. John is a people person, admired by all who have the pleasure of knowing him. We can't thank Joe enough as he is stepping down or John enough as he is stepping up. Both are wonderful individuals, passionate about children, passionate about The Honda Classic, passionate about charity and committed to Children's Healthcare Charities."
The Honda Classic awarded a record $3.63 million to 133 local organizations that benefit children in 2017. The lives of more than 32,000 kids and their families in the local community were positively impacted last year by the charitable rewards of the PGA TOUR event.
The Board is hoping to exceed those record numbers when the tournament celebrates 2018 Honda Classic Cares Week beginning June 11.
The Honda Classic has given more than $35 million to South Florida children's charities since its inception 36 years ago including more than $20 million in the 11 years since Children's Healthcare Charity, Inc. took over the event and moved it to PGA National Resort & Spa.
"We've been fortunate to have had Joe Steranka as our Board President for the past four years and in that time, The Honda Classic has remained one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR while expanding our charitable impact on the local community," Kennerly said. "We are forever grateful to Joe for his tremendous commitment and support.
"Now as we look into the future, we are also extremely grateful that John Domenico has agreed to become Children's Healthcare Charity's next President. John has been one of the community's most influential leaders for many years. His vision for growing our charitable message will become a driving force in our success."
The 2019 Honda Classic, with newly crowned world No. 1 Justin Thomas defending his title, will be played February 25-March 3, 2019.