Dunes Pink Classic Golf Tournament seeks sponsors

Whether they are golfers or not, people can support Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition through the Dunes Pink Classic Golf Tournament, rolling through Ocean View on Monday, June 3.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Golfers at a past Dunes Pink Classic Golf Tournament pose for a photo opportunity at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View.Coastal Point • Submitted
Golfers at a past Dunes Pink Classic Golf Tournament pose for a photo opportunity at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View.

While the popular golf competition itself sold out early, the Women’s Golf Association at Bear Trap Dunes is still welcoming people to contribute in other ways. They are seeking sponsors for what has become a major fundraiser. Last year alone, the association raised $56,000 for DBCC.

“You don’t have to be a competitor. You just have to be a contributor,” said Mary Van Scoyoc, a member of the Women’s Golf Association. “Our organization has worked very, very hard,” she added.

According to Van Scoyoc, “As a nonprofit, we have raised more money for Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition than any other organization in Delaware.”

That kind of success depends on the generosity of local people, businesses and organizations. They accept contributions for DBCC at any time, but tournament donors can also be featured in the tournament program. Many people purchase a page in honor or memory of loved ones who dealt with various types of cancer.

A variety of sponsorships levels are available, ranging from $25 to $4,000, making it affordable for all budgets, explained Van Scoyoc. She said sponsor names are placed prominently in the tournament booklet or on the course itself.

Hosted annually by the Women’s Golf Association and Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, the 18-hole tournament is a lively “pink” event, with putting and swinging contests, golf-cart decorations and luncheon under a ceiling full of helium balloons, each raised to honor or memorialize loved ones with breast cancer.

Besides financing the coalition, the Pink Classic personally helped at least one of its own golfers. Several years ago, Bear Trap member Dottie Dietz was already a tournament regular when a guest speaker discussed the importance of self-examinations.

“I went home and, for the first time in 10 years, did a self-exam … and there was a lump,” Dietz recalled.

Now diagnosed with breast cancer, the then-Maryland resident instead traveled to her vacation state of Delaware for treatment at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

The Pink Classic originally raised funds for a national organization, but the Women’s Golf Association decided to support DBCC instead and thereby ensure all of the charity funds stayed in Delaware.

Dietz said that philosophy mattered when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“The Breast Cancer Coalition was very helpful. They gave me lots of information,” said Dietz. “They raise a lot of money and a lot of awareness, and they keep the money here in Delaware.”

DBCC accomplishments include: partnering with other groups to provide free and low-cost mammograms; supporting a mobile mammography van; interpretation, transportation and support services for many different communities; educational programs and more.

The Pink Classic has become a community effort, supporting and supported by many people. That includes the women who compete in the tournament and men who keep tabs on and help tally the results. And supporters known that, despite the focus on women’s health, breast cancer impacts more than just women.

“Breast cancer is not limited to just females. There are men who suffer from breast cancer. It doesn’t leave anyone untouched,” Van Scoyoc noted.

The deadline for sponsorships for this year’s tournament is Monday, May 20. For more information, contact Ann Gibbs at (410) 212-2949 or anngibbs@comcast.net or Danette Travaglini at (301) 741-2105 or dtravaglini@verizon.net, or visit www.BTDLadies.com.