---- — DERRY — Hoodkroft Country Club hosted a Rally for the Cure golf tournament on Aug. 28.
Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program that works to increase breast self-awareness and mammography screening rates to ensure the early detection of breast cancer through volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events.
Hoodkroft hosted 52 participants for a scramble format. The day’s activities included two opportunities to win $1,000 on holes 3 and 8. A 140-yard drive within 6 inches of the pin was needed in order to win; there were no winners.
There was also an opportunity to win a Cleveland launcher club on hole 9; the straightest, longest drive would be the winner. Barbara Bechard won the golf club. Additional funds were raised by sponsoring a marshmallow-putting contest which created a fun atmosphere for those participating.
Prizes were awarded to the first-place team (Pat Kelley, Helene Pucci, Sue Purrington and Judy Sergi) and second-place teams. There was a tie for second place: Pat Calderone, Judy Flores, Kathleen Hoye and Cindy Trickett, and Andrea Harper, Jean Nicholsen and Juliet Silvey. Each participant received a goody bag filled with important breast health information and other Rally items, and donated items from Derry Imaging, Elliot Diagnostic Imaging and Healthy at Home.
“We were very pleased with the turnout for the event and the hole sponsorships by league members. In addition local businesses helped by sponsoring holes, donating items and gift certificates. ... There was a sense of excitement throughout the day’s events, ladies wore pink, and there was a dinner and raffle of donated items after play,” said Linda Dutile, Ambassador for the Rally. “We had our best year yet and raised over $3,700 for this worthy cause.”
The mission of Rally for the Cure is to empower people to take action in the fight against breast cancer by providing a platform for them to educate their family, friends and community on the importance of early detection through an activity they are passionate about.
““The success of Rally is attributed to people like Tony Zdunko, club pro, who volunteered to sell banners in the pro shop, and the club board of directors who have said, ‘Yes, we can have a Rally at our club,’” said Diane Perillo, program manager, Rally for the Cure. “It is their enthusiasm, energy and support we value in our commitment to support Susan G. Komen.”