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Oakland Park Putts to Help One of Its Own

A Motorcycle Accident Changes Everything

On January 5 of this year Jack White, an Oakland Park resident lovingly known as Saint Jack, and his wife Melissa were out riding their motorcycle. At some point during the ride Jack told Melissa to hang on just before they crashed.  Neither rider was wearing a helmet so the details of what caused them to crash are unclear. They were both severely injured and the accident changed their lives forever.

Jack and Melissa White during happier days.

Jack suffered debilitating brain trauma and is still in rehab recovering. He no longer needs a feeding tube but he still cannot speak coherently or walk on his own. Melissa has underwent 11 surgeries and while she is working again part-time she hopes she will not need another surgery. 

More and More Medical Bills

Melissa’s income helps cover some bills but it is not enough to cover their living expensive and medical bills. Jack still needs constant medical attention and rehabilitation. The bills are piling up quicker than the Whites can pay them. Friends and family have helped out but more help is needed in order to help the Whites through this difficult time.

Come Putt, Have Fun and Help the Whites

Debbie Blakely, owner of Oakland Park’s Big Dog Station and long-time friend of the Whites, has supported them throughout their struggle. This weekend Debbie is hosting the Putt Fore Jack White Benefit at Big Dog Station in downtown Oakland Park from 12-9PM.

Big Dog Station will set up its epic pop-up mini-golf course. Participants will be putting fore with all proceeds benefitting our beloved Melissa and Jack White.

The event will feature entertainment and drink specials, as well as a contests for best-dressed teams and individuals, best hole design, best scores and more. The event also includes a raffle with  big-ticket items like African Safari, Pensacola Weekend Getaway, Tiki Cruisin’ cruise and much more!

So get your plaid and putter ready to help out fellow Oakland Parker, Jack White and his wife Melisaa!

If you want to golf, register your team or as a single putter and get ready for a wild & wacky mini-putt experience. Once registered, more info about golfing will be emailed to you.

If you or business would like to sponsor a hole please contact Lucas Kloc for more info email: [email protected]

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About the Author

Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 31 years. In addition to publishing , Désirée publishes three other blogs and has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad.  Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology.  She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism and to helping others with their real estate endeavors through education.  Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.

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Desiree Avila


Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 33 years. In addition to publishing, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism.

Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR, and SFR. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to Realtors® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry.

She is esteemed by her real estate colleagues and has consistently received 5 star reviews from her clients. Her philosophy about real estate is that being a Realtor® is a way of teaching and helping people, and in the process a real estate transaction may occur, that is to say her foremost priority is and has always been about helping others.

She is dedicated to her hometown of Oakland Park and works consistently on building and fostering a strong community. She is passionate about photography and loves to read books about history ; the more detail the better! In addition to English, Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.

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