Club Red, the Ottawa County ladies auxiliary of the American Red Cross, is changing up their fundraising effort this year. Instead of its popular July Gala to benefit the work of the Red Cross, Club Red is collaborating with Huntington Bank to present the Cindy Amerine Memorial Golf Scramble on June 17 at the Catawba Island Club.
It promises to be a day filled with fun, food, golf, prizes and a Live Club Red Auction. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17 at the CIC Pro Shop with registration for all golfers. Pitching challenges and photo ops will be on tap for entertainment while registration proceeds. The Backyard Barbeque is at 11 a.m., a pre-golf lunch of brats, burgers and chicken. The Golf Scramble shotgun start is 12:30 p.m., with contests on the course to add to the fun.
The Catawba Island Club will open the cash bar and provide appetizers in the Pavilion on the Lake at 5 p.m. As golfers finish they will come in from the beautiful 18-hole USGA-approved course and watch as the scores and standings are posted on the big screen. Guest tickets are available prior to the event so non-golfers can participate in the banquet and the Live Auction to follow.
Guest ticket holders can join the golfers in the Pavilion, and view the Live Auction items on display as they sip and munch.
When all teams have completed their game, prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams will be awarded. A few surprise drawings are planned to delight the attendees. The Banquet Buffet will open for golfers and registered guests at approximately 6:15 p.m.
As dinner is winding up, the Live Auction will begin with Greg Peiffer of WPCR/WPIB serving as auctioneer. A variety of the items available for bidding include a dinner cruise to Rattlesnake Island for four on Jan and Michele Graves’ 60-foot yacht “Sea Shell;” Cedar Point passes for four; a Wine Dinner for six at 1812 Food and Spirits; a one week stay at Key Colony Beach Club in the Florida Keys; a chef planned dinner for eight with wine pairings at the Catawba Island Club; a sports tickets package; a fishing charter; and a private dinner for six at the home of Golf Professional and Chef Ben Moore.
Huntington Bank has generously stepped forward as this year’s event sponsor, co-hosting the day with Club Red. KWEST Group, LLC is serving as Banquet Sponsor. Crafty Needle of Elmore, Ohio, R. J. Runge, Inc. and Twin Oast Brewing of Catawba Island are the Lunch Sponsors. Acknowledgement is due to Northern Manufacturing for it generous donation.
Hole Sponsors include: David Amerine, Dr. William and Kate Bauer, Pamela and Richard Burns, Goldenbogen Insurance, Elizabeth Harr, Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Norweco, Inc., and Anthony and Myrna Pastore.
Price for the full day of fun is $175 per person or $700 per golf team of four players. Included in the fee is the 18-hole golf scramble, Backyard Barbeque lunch, tee gift, prizes, Buffet Banquet, Live Auction and a donation to the American Red Cross. Participants will receive a tax deduction letter from the American Red Cross for the donation portion for the 2019 tax year. Guest tickets for the Banquet and Live Auction are $60 with a tax deductible donation included in that price. To sign up for the event call Golf Event Chairman Carol Schemmer at 419-515-0799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event honors the late Cindy Amerine, founder of Club Red in Ottawa County. Through her efforts, the organization has raised over a half a million dollars for the work of the American Red Cross in Ottawa County and the region since its inception in 2007. Fundraising efforts support the Home Fire Relief initiative, providing 24/7 disaster assistance, free smoke alarm installation and community disaster preparedness education. These efforts also support service to military families, providing them with emergency communications for deployed armed forces members and funding for Reconnection Workshops for returning veterans. Monies raised also support the Red Cross’s Bio Med Services which supplies 40% of the country’s blood, including the blood needs of our area.
“The American Red Cross is an excellent steward of donated funds, with 91 cents of every dollar goes to programs and services”, said Carol Schemmer, this year’s Club Red Golf Event Chairman. “We are asking the community to participate in our fundraising event and ‘help be the light in someone’s darkest day.’”