Golf scramble to benefit Lake athletesWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s note: Toledo Free Press will follow the Blank family of Millbury for the next year as they rebuild their lives after a June 5 tornado destroyed their Main Street home.
Ed Blank, with the help of fellow athletic boosters, is organizing a golf outing to benefit Lake sports.
The Oct. 10 fundraiser will be at Chippewa Golf Club, 23550 W. state Route 579, in Curtice. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $65 per person with four people per team. “This should be a really good slam dunk fundraiser,” said treasurer Tom Steedman. “It is a good time to do it as long as the weather is nice. Guys probably want to get in one more round of golf.”
Blank said the golf scramble hosted in the spring benefited the athletic department. This year, that scramble was June 5 — the day the tornado destroyed the high school and his home. The new fall scramble will exclusively benefit Lake Athletic Boosters.
“We are a little bit unsure of our revenue this year and we have some financial obligations and we want to make sure we can provide everything the athletes need,” Blank said.
The revenue is uncertain because of concessions, which is how the club makes the bulk of its money. In addition to destroying the high school, the tornado ruined the visitor’s concession stand. For the Sept. 3 home football game, the boosters sold concessions on the home side, as well as on the away side with a makeshift station. Steedman said the boosters club set a record that night.
“We basically sold double the amount of concessions we have ever sold in the past,” he said.
He estimated more than 4,000 people attended the game, which debuted the new football field made of synthetic playing surface. The tornado-ravaged high school was the backdrop for the evening.
The boosters club is also worried about making money during home basketball games because volunteers will have to bring the concessions to and from the games, which will be at Owens. The revenue from the golf outing could help offset that loss, Blank said.
Junior varsity golf coach Mark Rabbit said he will probably play in the scramble. He coaches Michael Kranz, who lost his father in the tornado. He also coaches Ed’s son, Casey.
“When I first met Casey and Michael, especially for Michael losing his father, it was shocking to see how calm they were and how mature they presented themselves.”
To register, call (419) 508-9693.