28th Annual Whaley golf classic raises $67,000
FLINT — Whaley Children’s Center hosted the 28th Annual Whaley Golf Classic presented by Client Financial Services on Sept. 9 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.
The event was co-hosted by George Blaha, voice of the Detroit Pistons, and Mateen Cleaves, Flint native and former Michigan State University basketball star and Detroit Piston, and raised a total of $67,000. All proceeds from the event go directly toward funding the residential and therapeutic programs and services Whaley provides for nearly 90 child survivors of abuse and neglect each year.
In addition to appearances by Blaha and Cleaves, celebrities in attendance included former MSU Spartan and current Pistons announcer Greg “Special K” Kelser, former Detroit Piston Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson, former Spartans Morris Peterson and Charlie Bell, former MSU All-Big Ten center and current Spartan football analyst Jason Strayhorn and Emmy award winning songwriter Dave Barrett. The event commenced with a celebrity auction offering each celebrity to play nine holes with the team of the highest bidder.
“Having such overwhelming celebrity support and a dedicated volunteer planning committee were the major reasons for the day’s successes,” said Whaley Special Events Coordinator DeAndra McCain.
One of the most anticipated aspects of the evening was the live auction. George Blaha stepped in as the auctioneer and sold everything from autographed sports memorabilia, meet and greets with Tom Izzo and Mark Danantonio. Event sponsors included Client Financial Services, Landaal Packaging, FirstMerit Bank, Signs by Crannie, Elga Credit Union, Wolverine Solutions Group, Al Bourdeau Insurance Agency, Security Credit Union, Financial Plus Federal Credit Union, Dr. Walter Barkey, Big John Steak and Onion, PNC Bank, McGuirk Realty and Research Money Management.
The next fundraising event benefitting the children at Whaley Children’s Center is the World’s Greatest Office Party Dec. 5 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre.
Details: Call 810-600-0100. — G.G.
Nominations sought for Sybyl award
GENESEE COUNTY — Do you know an outstanding community volunteer? Would you like to see them recognized for their outstanding service?
Resource Genesee has announced nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Sybyl Award. The award was created in 2008 to honor the life of Sybyl M. Atwood.
The Sybyl Award was designed to acknowledge someone in the Genesee County community who exemplifies Atwood’s energy, outlook, and dedication to helping others. It is presented annually. The award recipient will be announced at Resource Genesee’s Annual Holiday Luncheon to be held Dec. 5.
Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., Oct. 7. They can be mailed to: Resource Genesee Sybyl Award, 605 N. Saginaw Street, Suite 2A, Flint, MI 48502 or emailed to Lindsey@ ResourceGenesee.org. — G.G.