Red Cross Cup to tee off at Canterbury Golf Club

Golfers invited to play at annual event June 24

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By Jim McIntyre, American Red Cross

The annual Red Cross Cup at Canterbury Golf Club promises to be a fantastic day filled with friendship, food and, of course, golf. The event is set at what has been nationally recognized as one of the top 100 golf courses in the United States and one of the finest in Ohio.

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The late Frann Zverina, seated, at the 2018 Red Cross Cup

The day will begin off the course  with the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, with breakfast provided by members of the Tiffany Circle, in honor of long-time Red Cross supporter, the late Frann Zverina.

 

Before the shotgun start, retired Cleveland Indians pitcher Jensen Lewis, the current co-host of the Indians Live broadcasts on Fox Sports Ohio will share some thoughts about the current state of the team.  And his Fox Sports Ohio colleague, Bruce Drennen will add his unmistakable voice to the event.

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Former Indians pitcher Jensen Lewis returns to the Red Cross Cup

After playing 18 holes, golfers will enjoy 19th hole festivities on the clubhouse patio, including food and drink, a silent and live auction, and an awards ceremony. The top three foursomes from each bracket (competitive and scramble) will receive recognition.

In addition, Cleveland sports legends Jim Chones and Campy Russell of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jonathan Wells of The Ohio State Buckeyes will be on hand to offer their insights and field questions.

Proceeds from the Red Cross Cup will help fund vital disaster relief services.

Mike Parks, CEO of the Northeast Ohio Region of the Red Cross, stressed the need to support continuing disaster relief efforts in Dayton, where a series of tornadoes on Memorial Day left a trail of heartbreaking damage and destruction.

“Having a major national disaster relief operation in your own backyard highlights the need for ongoing support,” Mike said, noting that more than 20 volunteers from Northeast Ohio have been deployed to assist residents affected by severe weather in Ohio and Oklahoma.

“It costs money to train and deploy our volunteers when they are assigned to help those impacted by a disaster. Combined with the costs of vehicles and other equipment, the need for ongoing support for disaster relief is obvious,” Mike said.

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Home Savings Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the Red Cross Cup.  Featured in this photo from the 2018 event are Michelle Polinko, Regional Chief Development Officer,  Matt Garrity of Home Savings, event chair Laura Hauser, and Regional CEO Mike Parks

Red Cross Cup golfers will receive shoe bags branded with the Red Cross Cup/CanterburyIMG_6027 logo, Red Cross first aid kits and Red Cross cooler bags. All golfers can also compete for the use of a new vehicle  on the hole-in-one contests sponsored by Deacon’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

To reserve your foursome, visit redcross.org/cup19, contact Mary Williams at eventsneo@redcross.org or call 330-203-5084.

Click here to see photos from the 2018 Red Cross Cup.

Click here to see photos from the 2017 Red Cross Cup.

Click here to see photos from the 2016 Red Cross Cup.

This post was edited by Glenda Bogar, American Red Cross volunteer

 

2017 Red Cross Cup Recap

And the winners are…

…the people who need and receive services from the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio every day.  They will benefit by the generosity of more than 100 golfers who took part in the annual Red Cross Cup at the famed Canterbury Golf Club on June 12.

The golfers endured 90 degree heat, and in fact, some seemed to thrive under the blistering sun.

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There was a long-drive contest, with GolfTec sponsoring the Doppler Radar that measured the distance of each drive.  Alex Chappel won the women’s competition, hitting a drive 181 feet.  In the men’s bracket, Steve Barnes took first place with a drive of 299 feet.

IMG_4170There were two brackets of competitive play.  The winners of the Scramble Bracket were Jay Davisson, Sean Hennessy, Ed Thompson and Bill DeSantis, who shot a 61 playing the best ball on each hole.

And the winner of the 2017 Red Cross Cup, topping the Competitive Bracket with a score of 78 was Robert Phillips.IMG_4176

But as mentioned at the top of this article, the real winners are the people of Northeast Ohio, who are displaced by disasters like home fires and flood waters.  The money raised by events like the Red Cross Cup help provide services such as initial financial assistance, to help keep families together as they seek shelter after being driven from their homes.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Home Savings, Caddie Sponsor Donley’s, and Breakfast Sponsor Return to Golf, a program of the Northern Ohio Golf Association Charities and Foundation.

And we thank the generous donors of silent auction items, including a Florida Shark Diving Adventure, donated by Bucket List Adventure Company Ohio.

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Looking forward to the 2018 Red Cross Cup!

Click on our Flickr page for an album of photos from the 2017 Red Cross Cup.

 

Red Cross Cup Raises Funds For Disaster Relief

Money to Help People Who Suffer from Disasters Big and Small

Cancelling a golf tournament seems trivial, when considering the reason.

Flooding.  Homes destroyed.  Lives lost.

That’s why the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia has been cancelled.

“We are heartbroken by the devastation that the residents of West Virginia are experiencing at this time and the reports of lives lost due to the terrible flooding,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement. “Canceling The Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

The American Red Cross responded to the flood zone immediately. Several volunteers from Northeast Ohio are among the hundreds of Red Cross workers assisting residents who lost their homes. The Red Cross is operating or supporting shelters, providing food and water, replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses, and offering mental health support, to help people cope during their darkest hours.

We are fortunate that no disaster of that magnitude has affected Northeast Ohio, and that we were able to host the Red Cross Cup last month.

One hundred and twelve golfers gathered to play on Monday, June 13th at the world renowned Canterbury Golf Club. The outing was a benefit for the American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region.

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Canterbury Golf Club is one of only three U.S. course to have hosted the five rotating Men’s Major Golf Championships, and has been the home for the Red Cross Cup for six years now. The 2016 Red Cross Cup was made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsor, Home Savings.

“Home Savings’ investment in the Red Cross as the presenting sponsor of this event will have a significant impact on the lives of others in Northeast Ohio,” according to John McCann, member of the Board of Directors for the Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter.

Additional sponsors of the 2016 Red Cross Cup included the Breakfast Sponsor, the Cleveland Zoological Society and the Caddy Sponsor, Donley’s.

Mike Parks, CEO of the Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region reflected on the impact the Red Cross and its volunteers had this season, saying “This has been a very busy spring season for the American Red Cross, with unrelenting flooding in Texas. Nearly 9,000 Red Cross workers—about 90 percent of them volunteers—including some from Northeast Ohio sprang into action to offer shelter, food and comfort in hard-hit communities.”

He continued, bringing the message back to Northeast Ohio and the impact the Red Cross has here, on a wide range of disasters, such as the three house fires that occur, on average, every day in Northeast Ohio.

“During their darkest hour, the victims of these fires become our clients, and are offered immediate financial assistance, mental health services when needed, and a way forward on their road to recovery.”

At the event proceeded, a silent auction included items such as a Chef’s’ Table for 12 at Crop Bistro in Ohio City and a Cavaliers benchwarmer package, which includes access to the Cavs bench during pregame warmups, Court Club access, and an autographed Kevin Love jersey.

The 2016 Red Cross Cup raised more than $100,000, which will be used to further aid and support the American Red Cross Mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

The winners of the event were as follows:

1st Place Winners:

Competitive – Bruce Leff, Leff Electric Co.

Scramble –  Dominion

2nd Place Winners:

Competitive – Justin Roth, Zenith Systems

Scramble – Fox Sports Ohio

3rd Place Winners:

Competitive – Jim Tweardy, Leff Electric Co.

Scramble – Sherwin-Williams

Meantime, in West Virginia, entire families have lost their homes and everything they own. The Red Cross needs your help to continue its work in West Virginia and everywhere disaster strikes. Your support will help people affected by disasters big and small. You can donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief by contacting Scott Thompson, Regional Development Officer at 216-431-3064, or email scott.thompson@redcross.org. You can also text WVFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

American Red Cross volunteer Anmol Nigam contributed to this article

Red Cross Cup Returns to Prestigious Canterbury

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You’ll feel like a pro when you join the Red Cross at the legendary Canterbury Golf Club on June 13.

The Red Cross Cup has historically been one of the region’s premiere golf outings.

Canterbury Golf Club is one of only three courses in the United States to host all five rotating men’s major golf championships.

The Red Cross Cup offers golfers not only the chance to play on a great course which is typically reserved for Canterbury members only, but every player will emerge victorious with all of the funds raised going directly to the disaster relief efforts of the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio.

The dual format adopted in 2011 to accommodate both the lower handicapped competitive golfer as well as the casual golfer was well-received by our players. This year’s tournament will again offer both individual and scramble play options.

For the first time at Canterbury, a live scoring app will be available to allow players to enter their scores into their smart phones.  Players will also be able to view their scores at the 2016 Red Cross Cup website.

A pre-tournament breakfast will be offered, as well as a post-play reception, featuring food, drinks and several coveted auction items, including four tickets to a Cavaliers game during the 2016-2017 season.  The winning bidder will also get four pre-game benchwarmer passes, allowing access to the Cavaliers bench before the game, and a unique opportunity to get up close and personal as the players walk on and off the court during the game and as they exit the locker room afterwards.

All Red Cross Cup golfers will receive a gift bag featuring a Bluetooth speaker and a sleeve of golf balls donated by Fox Sports Ohio.

The Red Cross Cup is limited to just 120 golfers, and foursomes sell out quickly. Reserve your spot on the legendary Canterbury Golf Course now! Contact Laurie Klingensmith at laurie.klingensmith@redcross.org or 216-912-4091.