Dunes Pink Classic back to benefit DBCC

Special to the Coastal Point • Mike McGown: Dunes Pink Classic participants pose for a photo during last year’s event at Bear Trap Dunes.Special to the Coastal Point • Mike McGown: Dunes Pink Classic participants pose for a photo during last year’s event at Bear Trap Dunes.The Dunes Pink Classic will return to Bear Trap Dunes next Monday, June 2, for the eighth annual golf tournament benefitting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

This year’s tournament will kick off with a “Pink Party” on Saturday, May 31, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Bear Trap, where attendees will wear pink and enjoy a D.J., appetizers, shot bar, games, prizes and both silent and live auctions.

“We get support from all the local merchants and business giving products that we auction off,” explained co-chair Karen Sergison of the combined events that last year raised $50,000, which was donated to the organization designed to assist those with breast cancer.

After the party, which requires a $20 donation at the door for admittance, the golfers and supporters rest up on Sunday before breaking out their pink again for Monday’s 7:30 a.m. registration and 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

“The ladies are all great about supporting the event, wearing their pink, having a good time,” said Sergison of the atmosphere. “People decorate their cars, just go over the top with a sea of pink.”

Before the shotgun start, there will be a kamikaze putting contest at 9 a.m., and then the tournament will feature 18 holes of golf in a four-person team scramble format. But Sergison emphasized that even though prizes and awards are given out for top finishers, it’s really just a fun event designed to support an important cause that impacts the community.

“It’s all skill levels,” she explained. “The day is really all about fun — coming together to support other women. It’s a whole community event. The people that live in Bear Trap are super-supportive.”

The event, which has grown from 80 participants in its first year to 152 signed up to play this year, will be capped off with a mid-day lunch at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes. After lunch, they’ll hear from DBCC Director Vicki Cook, who will say a few words before a symbolic ceremony in which pink balloons will be released up toward the ceiling.

“It kind of gives you the impact of all the people that have been touched by this horrible disease,” Sergison explained of the symbolic act.

This year’s tournament is already sold out, but anyone can attend Saturday’s Pink Party. To find out more about the Women’s Golf Association at Bear Trap Dunes and the event, head to www.btdladies.com and www.facebook.com/