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LaRocca Scholarships Awarded by The Club Foundation

Melissa Low, CAE

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Alexandria, VA—The Club Foundation announces the 2024 LaRocca Family Executive Scholars. This scholarship provides support to mentor-mentee teams, including one established, experienced club leader and his/her aspiring mentee. 

The 2024 recipients are:

Jenn Paciotti, CCM, Director of Clubhouse Operations, and Patrick Gilling, Food and Beverage Manager, at Daniel Island Club, Charleston, SC

Kyle M. Ruch, CCM, General Manager, and Anahi Perez, Clubhouse Manager, at North Shore Country Club, Glenview, IL

Douglas Shifflett, CCM, CCE, Chief Operating Officer, and Passion S. Graham, CCM, Director of Clubhouse Operations, at Governors Club, Chapel Hill, NC


In 2010, in recognition of the impact of The Club Foundation on their career development, the LaRocca Family stepped forward to give back to the industry by making a generous contribution to the Foundation. The LaRocca Family Executive Scholarship was created to both honor their commitment to professional development and to recognize their continued support of The Club Foundation. The vision behind the scholarship speaks to the long-standing industry culture to give, give back, and provide mentorship and nurturing to emerging leaders in the club profession.

Recipients of this scholarship receive funds for attendance at one Business Management Institute (BMI) program for the mentor and support the mentee’s attendance at a World Conference, Leadership/Legislative Conference, or the cost of national and local membership dues.

“This scholarship showcases the deep commitment and history of the LaRocca Family,” said CMAA President and CEO Jeff Morgan, FASAE, CAE. “Through their generosity, The Club Foundation provides valuable support to our awardees who are fueling and sustaining professional growth and mentorship in the club industry.”

To donate to The Club Foundation or apply for scholarships, please visit

About The Club Foundation

The Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established by CMAA to fund the life cycle of a club manager’s career, providing financial support for five key areas: students, faculty, club managers, CMAA chapters, and the club industry at large. It supports the advancement of club management professionals, funding industry education programs through scholarships and grants and has awarded more than $8.5 million in scholarships and grants since 1988. Learn more at

About CMAA

Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with more than 7,800 members throughout the US and internationally. Our members contribute to the success of more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 40 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at

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