Rally for a Cure marks two decades of effort

For 20 years, a group of women at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club have been doing their part to raise money for breast cancer outreach, education and research, and on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, a ladies-only event and a co-ed golf tournament will again be held to raise funds for the Delaware Breast Coalition.

The event was started in 1997 by Ellen Stephens, who passed away in 2013. The fundraiser in its augural event had 52 players, resulting in a donation of $850 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation that year.

This year, the ladies-only Pink on the Patio event, with a “beach bash” theme, will be held next Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., and all women from the community are being invited to attend. Tickets cost $30 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by D.J. Brian K. Hall and a cash bar.

“The main idea was to give people who were not golfers a chance to support the whole thing,” said event chairwoman Judi Davis. “It’s turned out to be pretty popular. It’s open to all — members, non-members, neighbors, sisters. No brothers, no husbands, no men.”

During the evening, those in attendance will have the opportunity to bid on silent and “Chinese” auction items. There will also be a 50-50 raffle. Some items will be auctioned off that evening; however, the majority will have their winners announced on Wednesday, at the awards luncheon, to give everyone an opportunity to bid.

Davis said the women who attend always have a good time at the event.

“A lot of them look forward to a night out without their husbands. Some bring all their neighbors, and they come in a group of eight or 10 and they have a really fun time.”

Breakfast and check-in for the golf tournament will begin at 8 a.m. There will be a “kamikaze” putting contest with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Those who wish to participate can contact Cripple Creek’s Pro Shop. The cost is $100 per person. Those participating will receive breakfast, lunch and use of a golf cart.

The scramble will be organized into foursomes. Davis said those who wish to enter may do so as a group of four or fewer.

“Any non-foursomes can sign up, and they’ll put teams together,” she said, adding that people of any skill level can compete.

Skill prizes, as well as golf team prizes, will be awarded for the men’s and women’s divisions.

On Thursday, there will also be a 50-50 raffle, along with the awarding of the auction items.

Davis said the community was generous this year in their donations of the items, which include two coolers of “cheer” (for which chances to win will be sold). Although a small number of auction items will be awarded Tuesday evening, the majority will be awarded Wednesday at the luncheon.

Items include gift cards, rounds of golf, gift baskets, artwork and handmade items.

“We have a one-week timeshare in Las Vegas that has been donated. That will be auctioned off,” said Davis. “We got a really nice, unusual side table with a golf motif. It has a glass top and a mirror.”

Davis said that last year the committee’s goal was to surpass the $400,000 mark in total funds raised, which they did.

“Now our goal is $500,000,” she said. “Every year, we take in about $28,000 to $30,000. We hope it stays that way.”

Davis said she works with a wonderful committee, all of whom hope to continue to raise money to support a worthy cause.

“We’d just like it to be as good as it has in the past. Each year we hope we make as much as the year before, and we’ve been lucky enough to do that.”

Tickets are required for Pink on the Patio and may be purchased from any committee member or in the club office. Reservations may be made at the club by phone and tickets picked up the night of the event. To register for the golf tournament, golfers should contact the Cripple Creek pro shop. For more information, call Cripple Creek at (302) 539-5359.