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Firm sponsors golf event to benefit veterans

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, over 120 golfers and supporters gathered at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club in Clearwater, Florida, for the 2nd Annual Sgt. Jessie Davila Memorial Classic. As a veteran-owned business, Centonzio Law, PLLC, was proud to be a sponsor of this year’s tournament. The tournament was started by Elder Law Attorney Javier Centonzio to raise money for a scholarship named in honor of his friend, Sgt. Jessie Davila, who was killed on February 20, 2006, while they were serving in Iraq.

The Sgt. Jessie Davila Memorial Veterans Scholarship will be awarded to veterans who want to attend Stetson University College of Law and need financial assistance because they have no remaining veterans’ educational benefits. The goal of the scholarship is to attract veterans to the practice of law as a means of continuing service to others while honoring the memory of a great man who gave his life for his country. By virtue of their willingness to volunteer to join the military, veterans have shown a commitment to serving others and are equipped with the core values necessary to make valuable contributions to the legal profession.

This year’s tournament was significant because it marked the 10 year anniversary of Jessie’s ultimate sacrifice. Many of the golfers who played in the tournament were Stetson Law alumni, students, staff members, and professors. There were also several veterans playing in the event, including the team that won the tournament. The first place team was comprised of Marine Corps veterans, Hector Zelaya and Billy Burns; Army veteran, Steve Larson; and Air Force veteran, Donovan Rose.