Everything and everybody were all in the pink at the Pink Ribbon Tournament held at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton on June 8.
Tournament coordinator, Linda DiBiaso, says that the ladies participate in the Susan G. Komen's "Rally for a Cure" golf fundraiser in order to help women get closer to the vision of a world without breast cancer.
According to statistics, there is a one in eight chance for women to develop breast cancer over their lifetime.
Events like the Pink Ribbon Tournaments work to educate women about their breast health and serve as a reminder about the importance of early detection. The greater the awareness and the earlier the detection, results in more lives saved.
This year 45 golfers participated in the tournament and six retired golfers, all dressed in various shades of pink, joined them for lunch at the clubhouse.
This is the 10th year that Blue Ridge CC has participated in this event. Mary Perich, with assistance from DiBiaso, hosted the first five years which started June 13, 2001. DiBiaso has been coordinating the event for the last five years.
"I love seeing everyone smiling, talking about the fabulous shots their teammates had and the excitement of winning a prize. It is nice to hear 'your committee did a wonderful job again this year.' Others say 'This is the tournament I look forward to each year.' That makes you want to continue running this tournament," says DiBiaso.
"We enjoy getting together with our retired golfers, combining our 9 and 18 hole golfers and cancer survivors. This year we were honored to have six ladies join us from the Mahoning Valley Course in Lehighton," says DiBiaso.
Each lady donated $20. All together they raised $1,128 in donations and earned $310 in the raffle for a total of $1,438 to be donated to "Rally for the Cure."
Everyone received a cancer logo visor, a year's subscription to one of four magazines, a logo Rally golf pin and breast cancer awareness information and a Hallmark Rally for the Cure greeting card.
They gave $250 from the raffle money in cash prizes for:
*Longest Drive A-Barb Snell; Longest Drive B-MaryLou Gilotti; Longest Drive C-Jen Todd; Longest Drive D-Diane Peifer.
*Closest to the Line: Ruth Lauchnor, Mary Ellen Poe, Diane Peifer.
*Closest to the Pin on Hole 1-Mary Lou Gilotti who received a coupon for Etonic Golf Shoes .
Everyone on the green received a Titleist CANCER logo golf ball.
The impact from these fundraisers helps research and many local outreach programs. In 2009 more than $3 million dollars raised through Rally events remained in local communities through Komen's Affiliate Network and it is the largest private funder of community–based breast health treatment programs in the US.
This year's Pink Ribbon Tournament committee members would like to thank BRCC for their help and the special prices on golf and all the people who purchased raffle tickets and those who donated additional monies to make this year's tournament a success like prizes ranging from gift certifcates, items and cash from area businesses like Hager's Furniture, Palmerton Community Fitness Center, Country Junction, Brader's Woodcraft, Inc., Sue Michalowski, Barbara Hunsicker, Kathy Whitaker, Shirley Swartz, The River Walck, Millie Nemeth, Ann Kern, Carol Kern.
"We were so happy for our 10th annual Pink Ribbon Tournament to have a record turnout with 45 golfers and the weather was perfect. The ladies always like this fun, no stress Scramble where many of the ladies that are in the 9 hole league play 18 holes. We all look forward to this Pink Ribbon Tournament where we are all together to enjoy a friendly game of golf, terrific food and the hope to soon see a cure for cancer," says DiBiaso.