Bonita Springs, Fla. (May 13, 2022) – Bonita National Golf and Country Club recently concluded a month of fundraising events to benefit the Els for Autism Foundation with a one-of-a-kind Dog Reception. 25 dogs (and their owners) attended the reception, which featured samples of Ernie Els Champion Pet Products as well as prizes donated by PetSmart and Sunshine Ace Hardware.

The fun, dog-themed reception capped off a month of fundraising activities by the club to benefit the Foundation. In total, Bonita National raised $3,000 from events that included a 5k walk/run, golf events, a South African-themed steak night, golf tournament raffles, and artisan market contributions. The Dog Reception alone raised $287 through donations and contributions.

“I was inspired to attend this event due to my passion for giving back to children in need. Dogs hold a very special place in my heart as well, so it was the perfect event to attend,” said Charlotte Malek-Backman, a member and resident at Bonita National Golf and Country Club. “My dog and I were able to hang out and socialize with others for a great cause!”

April is annually recognized as World Autism Month. Liezl and Ernie Els established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009. The Els’ son, Ben, is impacted by autism spectrum disorder, which affects 1 in 44 children in the U.S. The Foundation offers innovative, evidence-based programs for families and individuals across the life span in six focus areas: Education, Research, Global Support, Recreation Services, Adult Services and Therapy Services.  The Els for Autism Foundation serves families around the world, and also offers in-person programs and services at The Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Florida.

Bonita National Golf and Country Club is dedicated to supporting charities and organizations in and around the Bonita Springs community.

About Bonita National Golf & Country Club
Located in Bonita Springs, Florida between Fort Myers and Naples, the Bonita National community consists of 1,459 homes with all residents being social members of the Golf & Country Club and 866 possessing full golf memberships. The Club’s Gordon Lewis-designed 18-hole golf course opened in 2014 and winds its way through the community, which is bordered by a nature preserve. The Bonita National Tennis Center features eight Har-Tru tennis courts, while the Fitness Center has multiple exercise studios as well as the latest in cardio and strength-training equipment. Members also enjoy a variety of spa treatments at the Club’s U-Topia Spa.

Bonita National’s 40,000 sq. ft. clubhouse has multiple dining venues, including the main dining room, the Grill Room, the Clubhouse Terrace, and screened-in Poolside Café. The resort-style pool has a zero-entry children’s area, a lap pool, and a beautiful waterfall. Three satellite pools are also located throughout the community for residents to enjoy. The community has a great array of amenities which includes a well-maintained Gordon Lewis-designed golf course and was developed around a wildlife preserve. Bonita National has all the ingredients to become a name of reference for those looking for an active lifestyle community in Southwest Florida and our goal is to collaborate with leadership to make that a reality! For more information on Bonita National Golf & Country Club, visit

About Troon
Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, manages Bonita National Golf and Country Club as well as the community association. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 630-plus locations around the globe, including managing 650-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 615-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, Casa Verde Golf, and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.

Troon Media Contact:
Rob Myers

Bonita National Golf and Country Club Press Contact:
Nancy Dagher
Membership & Lifestyle Director
Bonita National Golf & Country Club
Phone: (239) 692-8832, ext. 208