By Eric Alves, Regional Communications Specialist, American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio
June 26, 2019-On June 24, the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio spent a day on the links as they hosted the annual Red Cross Cup at Canterbury Golf Club for a day of friendship, food and golf. Individual and team golfers who placed that day weren’t the only winners. Proceeds from the event will benefit local families affected by disasters.
The event began with the annual meeting of the Greater Cleveland Chapter board of directors, with breakfast provided by members of the Tiffany Circle. The breakfast was held in honor of the late Frann Zverina, a longtime Red Cross supporter.
Following the meeting, the fun and excitement was ready to get underway.
Before the golfers began play, Jensen Lewis, former Cleveland Indians pitcher and current co-host of the Indians Live broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio, spoke and answered questions regarding the current state of the 2019 team.
Perhaps through the power of late golf legends Arnold Palmer, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones, the rain held off and the golfers were able to enjoy playing 18 holes on a nationally recognized top 100 golf course in the United States. Participants also had an opportunity to win the use of a new vehicle as part of the hole-in-one contest sponsored by Deacon’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.
After the score cards were reviewed and scores tallied, golfers were recognized in two categories, scramble and competitive:
1st Place: Paul McCrory, Casey Ball, Joe Laehu and Troy Martzall – 64
2nd Place: Michael Burgess, Changing Rhodes, Michael Simpson and Traci Veach – 64
3rd Place: Mike Conley, Austin Cook, Ron Warzel and Chris Schons – 65
1st Place: Ben Janozzo – 73
2nd Place: Matt Zajac – 76
3rd Place: Chuck Jones – 77
Following the day on the greens and the award ceremony, golfers enjoyed food, drinks and firsthand analysis from Cleveland sports greats Hanford Dixon and Kevin Mack of the Cleveland Browns, Jim Chones and Campy Russell of Cleveland Cavaliers and Jonathan Wells of The Ohio State Buckeyes. The question-and-answer segment was emceed by Bruce Drennan of Fox Sports Ohio.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, including presenting sponsor Home Savings Bank, for ensuring the 2019 Red Cross Cup was a great success and enjoyed by all. Proceeds from the event will assist families who experience disasters like home fires, and who need shelter, food, relief supplies, emotional support and a way forward after experiencing their darkest hours.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the golf course in 2020!
Edited by Glenda Bogar, American Red Cross volunteer.