About The Nobilo Foundation

The Nobilo Foundation's goal is to support underprivileged children in Orlando, Florida. "The Lend a Hand Golf Day" is the foundation's flagship event, which helps to raise the necessary funds. In the process, it strengthens the local community by connecting volunteers, patrons, sponsors, and schools with the common vision to create opportunities and provide support for the youth of Orlando.

For more than 20 years, Orlando, Florida, has been the "home away from home" for Frank and Selena Nobilo. As a player on the PGA Tour, Frank (now a TV analyst) was involved in many charitable endeavors on the Tour, as was his wife, Selena, through the PGA Tour Wives Association. Frank explains, "When I retired from playing professional golf, it made sense to set up this Foundation to raise money and reach as many charities as possible.  Selena, who volunteered at Orlando's Hubbard House for over 15 years, adds, "Being able to give back to our community gives us a sense of purpose."

The Nobilos became involved in the Lend a Hand Golf Day back in 2003. After several years, it was obvious to them that a more direct involvement was necessary to aid the local community better.

The Foundation was formed in September of 2011, and the inaugural Nobilo Foundation Lend a Hand Golf Day was in November 2012. The Foundation is managed by a committed Board of Directors who bring with them impressive professional expertise in multinational corporations, legal practice, and finance. The Directors are united in their focus of raising money to support the poor, needy, and underprivileged children and families in Central Florida.

To date, the Foundation has raised more than $1,000,000, and in the process, Selena has closed in on her personal goal of taking 1,000 children shopping each year.

The Nobilo Foundation views Christmas as a time for family and giving generously. Each year Frank, Selena, the Foundation Directors, and hundreds of volunteers accompany as many underprivileged children as possible on a shopping extravaganza. A volunteer chaperones each child, and the child is given $100 to purchase gifts/essential supplies for themself and their family members. The feedback received from the volunteers is quite amazing: "This makes you realize what Christmas is all about"..."The smiles on the children's faces last a lifetime." For many, it is an emotional experience.

Due to the success of the Foundation, the Nobilos have deepened their commitment to financially assisting Sally Ride Elementary School, providing the families with clothing and school supplies and enhancing the school's facilities to increase the odds of these children succeeding in their education. In addition to the financial assistance, the introduction of a volunteer program, "The Rocket Mentors" (now in its 7th year), is a volunteer group that helps tutor children at the school. All students have progressed amazingly well. In 2018, our nonprofit began the introduction of a Math class, where students get extra tutoring from mentors on how to improve their math skills. The Foundation aims to continue its support of other Florida-based charities, such as Blessings in a Backpack, Arnold Palmer Hospital, Els for Autism, the Central Florida Children's Home, and the Immokalee Foundation.

In 2019, the Lend a Hand Golf Day was held in November at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida. The event raised more than $150,000 and was used to take underprivileged children shopping on December 12th, 2019.

For further information on the Lend a Hand Golf Day and The Nobilo Foundation, please go to
www.thenobilofoundation.com or contact Selena Nobilo at selena@nobilo.com.


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Our Team

Michelle Bentubo

Director and Secretary of The Nobilo Foundation
Michelle worked for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando for 15 years, developing and implementing new programs and experiences for guests using technology as the platform. She recently took a job with Bank of America, redesigning their technology programs.

Michelle has been a part of Lend a Hand (through Rotary) for the past 12 years. She has been a committed member of several organizations that focus on bolstering the lives of children, including The United Way, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Make a Wish, and Global Help. Before moving to Central Florida in 1996, Michelle actively supported Children/Families with Special Needs.

She has two children, Alli and Chris, and they all live in Orlando.


Ron Conte

Director of The Nobilo Foundation
Ron is a practicing attorney in Orlando. He is a graduate of the Georgia State University School of Law. He also holds a Master's degree in Public Policy Analysis from Duke University and a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. In addition to having an active law practice as a sole practitioner in Orlando, Ron has worked with numerous charitable endeavors since moving to Central Florida in 1994.

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Del Cragin

Director and Treasurer of The Nobilo Foundation
Del worked for Publix Supermarkets, Inc. for 21 years in various hourly and store-level management positions. Currently, he serves as its district manager, responsible for sales and profit goals for 11 Publix stores. He is also responsible for the training, development, and promotion of over 1,500 Publix associates.

Del is originally from Syracuse, New York, where he grew up in a house as one of six adopted children. They moved to Vero Beach while he was in high school and then moved to Orlando. Del has been married to Susan for 16 years, and they have two children -- Abby and Drew. They live in East Orlando.


Dave Lightner

Director of Finance for The Nobilo Foundation
Owner of Fairway Sports Management, LLC, a Financial Advisory Service  David is a certified public accountant and certified financial planner with a degree in finance and economics from Ashland College. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry. Dave's 22-year tenure at IMG on the management side of the business allowed him to work with and manage several professional golfers, including Curtis Strange, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Annika Sorenstam, and Mark O'Meara.

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Steve Sands

Director of The Nobilo Foundation
A Native of Washington, DC Steve joined the Golf Channel in 2001, bringing more than a decade of sports broadcasting experience with him. He is the lead interviewer on the PGA Tour telecast for the Golf Channel and the lead interviewer for Golf Channel on NBC. The Nobilo Foundation elected Steve to its board at the end of 2014. He has already been a great asset to the team.