For the first year in the event’s three-year history, Golf for a Cure was blessed with what weather forecasters called “a perfect day.” Though overcast in the morning, by tee time at 1:00 pm the day was sunny and pleasant with temperatures in the high 70’s. No rain in sight!
Not only was the weather cooperating, but Shaker Heights Country Club provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the 27 foursomes who teed off. The format this year was “Shamble 1 Best Ball of 4”. A brand-new black Porsche 4-door sedan, donated by Fred Baker Porsche-Audi, was driven onto the course as incentive for the golfer lucky enough to score a hole-in-one on the designated hole. Fortunately for Mr. Baker, and unfortunately for those contending, the luxury sports car was returned to Fred Baker’s showroom unclaimed.
At the end of the day, returning golfers and other guests met up in the Shaker clubhouse to enjoy music by Rich Maurer and the tropical sound of Maui-Maui, indulged in the Club’s delicious hors d’oeuvres and open bar while looking over the various raffle and auction items assembled for both the silent and live auction.
The top three foursomes were recognized and applauded:
First place – Scott Mawaka of Fleet Resources, with his golfing partners Mark Genger, Treg Balding and John Leombruno
Second place – a winner from last year, Bill Dehouske and his partners David Sotka, Larry DeWeese and Greg Degreen
And in third place, Jerry Porath, Nate Taylor and Dan Kilday
In addition, special awards were given for individual hole events:
- Straightest Drive (Women) on Hole #1 – Debbie Klug
- Straightest Drive (Men) on Hole #2 – Denny Joyce
- Closest to the Pin (Women) on Hole #16 – Mary Ann Tepper
- Closest to the Pin (Men) on Hole #4 – Tony Cocozzo
- Long Drive (Women) on Hole #13 – Lynn Heisler
- Long Drive (Men) on Hole #17 – Treg Balding
A late addition to the hole event competition was the “shortest drive” for women as a memorial to John Powers’ mother (The John K. and Alice O’Neill Powers Foundation, one of the event sponsors). His mother was a jokester, and she would have loved this category. Therefore:
- The Shortest Drive (Women) was awarded to Maura May on Hole #8.
The generosity of many vendors and individuals allowed us to offer 16 exciting gift packages for silent auction, ranging from family fun packages, to “build a bar” tub and lavish “wine plus” basket, “Barbeque Done Right” tub including Omaha steaks, a “Gardenista” package for the avid gardener, entertainment, personal service and fitness packages appealing to a wide variety of tastes.
Following the silent auction, “Master of Ceremonies” Chip Corlett conducted a live auction which included 7 select items ranging from autographed sports memorabilia to round-trip airline tickets and a portrait session with a world-renowned artist in New York City.
Several individuals won raffle items, and Bill Scheimann, chief researcher for advanced breast cancer at University Hospitals, was the lucky winner of the 50-50 raffle.
The last order of the day was to secure Shaker Heights Country Club for the 2011 Golf for a Cure outing, which will be held on June 16. Mark your calendars!
We’ve saved the best for last. Now that the results are tallied, we are extremely pleased to announce that the Foundation will be donating $60,000 to the Miracle Fund at University Hospitals in support of advanced metastatic breast cancer research!! This is an impressive amount of money and we are deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the event.
Our thanks must first go to Ned Hyland and the Miracle Fund at University Hospitals, who joined us in sponsoring the event, and to:
Our top-tier “birdie” sponsors:
- Cliffs Natural Resources
- Jacobs Investments, Inc.
- The John K and Alice O’Neill Powers Foundation
Our “Friend of the Hole” sponsors:
- Anthony Allega Cement Contractors, Inc.
- Fred Baker Porsche Audi Inc.
- Allen “Chip” Corlett
- Metallic Resources
- The Marilyn B. Gula Mountains of Hope Foundation
- Ned Hyland Family and Todd Associates
- Klug Family Foundation
- Fleet Response
- Miceli Dairy Products Company
- KeyBank NA
Ardent Communications Group who coordinated all Local Communications and P/R.
Davidson & Belluso Advertising and Design our Phoenix based Marketing and Web Design/Support Partner
And to our many foursome and hole sponsors, individual golfers, auction and raffle item donors, and the friends who contributed through their presence and financial support.
Finally, a big thank you to the many volunteers who gave so many hours of their time to ensure the high quality and professionalism of the event: Co-chairs, Tony Anselmo and Annette Paul, Jill Arslanian, Rose Mary Blessing, Shannon Burke and Cheryl Gutschall of University Hospitals, Gina Fatica, Linda Green, Jim Horner, Jackie Kelling, Dan Kilday, Barb Lazor, Pat Leonard, Jen Raynor, Dolores Stansfield, Nate Taylor and Debbie Tylicki.
Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman & CEO