For the second year in the event's four-year history, Golf for a Cure teed off at Shaker Heights Country Club in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Always unpredictable in the Cleveland area, the weather injected an hour rain delay in what would have been a perfect golf day weather-wise.
Weather notwithstanding, Shaker provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the golfers. A brand new Cadillac donated by Crestmont Cadillac was driven on the course as incentive for the golfer fortunate enough to score a hole-in-one on the designated hole. However, none of the golfers succeeded, and the luxury vehicle was returned to the Crestmont showroom unclaimed.
At the end of the day, returning golfers and other guests convened in the Shaker clubhouse to enjoy music by Rich Maurer and the tropical sound of "Shades of Steel" while looking over the various raffle and auction items assembled for both silent and live bidding.
The top two foursomes were recognized and applauded:
- First place – For the second year, Scott Mawaka of Fleet Resources, took first place with a score of 63. In his foursome were Tom Tonozzi, Mark Genger and Mark Wearsch.
- Second place – Newcomers to the outing, Kevin O'Brien of Artemis Wealth Partners, and his team - Joe Fragapane, Tom Grady and Jim Pokorny - placed second with a score of 66.
In addition, special proxy awards were given for individual hole events:
- Straightest Drive – Women #1 – Maura May
- Straightest Drive – Men #2 – Bill McFadden
- Closest to the Pin #4 – Men – Scott Strano
- Shortest Drive – Women #8 – Dawn Heidinger
- Long Drive in Fairway – Women #13 – Dawn Heidinger
- Closest to the Pin – Women #16 – Nancy Griffith
- Longest Drive in Fairway – Men #17 – Ray McNeice
The generosity of many vendors and individuals allowed us to offer 14 exciting gift packages for silent auction, ranging from golf packages from local courses, to an extravagant coffee basket, Night on the Town package, Build a Bar and Cocktail tubs, a carpet, a fur scarf, and several exclusive signed sports items, appealing to a variety of tastes.
This year, Cleveland Indians Vice President, Public Relations, Bob DiBiasio, served as Master of Ceremonies for the live auction, assisted by Dan Kilday of the Cleveland Indians marketing department. The live auction included eight autographed sports memorabilia, an IPad2 basket, private tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art and a weekend get-away package.
The last order of the day was to secure Shaker Heights Country Club for the 2012 Golf for a Cure outing, which will be held on June 14, 2012. Mark your calendars!
However, most important: Now that the results are tallied, we are 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!! 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 Presenting Sponsors:
- Cliffs Natural Resources
- Jacobs Investments, Inc.
Our Birdie Sponsors:
- Ned Hyland
- John and Ann O'Neill Powers Foundation
Our Luncheon Sponsor, The Marilyn B. Gula Mountains of Hope Foundation
Our "Friend of the Foundation" Sponsors:
- Babcock & Wasserman Co LPA
- Allen J. "Chip" Corlett
- Metallic Resources
- Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co LPA
- Fleet Response
- Artemis Wealth Partners LLC
- Hahn, Loeser and Parks
- KeyBank NA
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: Event Chair, Tony Anselmo, Shannon Burke of University Hospitals, Annette Paul, Gina Fatica, Nate Taylor, Jackie Anselmo, Dolores Stansfield, Dan Kilday, Rose Mary Blessing, Barb Lazor, Pat Leonard, and Debbie Tylicki.
Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman & CEO