Rally at the Creek to raise funds for breast cancer research

Date Published: 
July 25, 2014

For years, the women at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club have been rallying together to raise money for breast cancer research.

“Ellen Stephens started this back in 1997,” said Judie Davis of “Rally at the Creek,” noting that the event has grown steadily over the years. “In 1997, they had 52 players and the donation was $850. Last year’s donation was $25,000.”

The tournament, which is open to men and women, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, with an 8:45 a.m. kamikaze putting contest and a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

“It’s a scramble format, so people don’t have to be good to play in it. It’s a team tournament,” said Davis, who serves on the committee of 15 women who organize the fundraiser.

Registration for the event costs $100 per person. Davis said that a handicap is not required to play in the tournament.

“They can sign up as a single or as a group. You don’t have to have a foursome to sign up.”

Entry includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, breakfast, a buffet lunch and the chance to win prizes.

“The course is in excellent condition right now. It’s a good opportunity for people who don’t belong to the club to play here,” Davis said.

Along with the tournament, a “women-only” Pink on the Patio party will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and plenty of dancing.

“A lot of people look forward to going someplace and having a good time like this without having their husbands,” said Davis.

This year, the predominantly pink party has a 1920s theme, which encourages attendees to dress in period garb.

“This year, it’s a speakeasy theme. We’re going to decorate a little bit to try and give it that feel. We’re making headbands with the feather, like they wore back in the ’20s, to sell,” said Brenda Chisholm. “We’re going to have a trivia contest of things that happened during that era. We’re also going to have a flapper contest.

“We’re encouraging people to dress in their flapper costumes, or wear pink if they don’t want to be bothered.”

The party will feature DJ Brian K. Hall, who has been a part of the event for years.

“He’s good with the women — he keeps them going,” said Davis.

“He’ll run the trivia contest, and we’re going to have him judge the flapper contest,” added Chisholm. “They won’t be big prizes, of course, because we’re trying to save the money to donate to charity.”

Davis said the party was originally started as a way for people who were not golfers to support the cause without having to play in the tournament.

“We get a lot of people who come just for the party,” she noted.

The event will also feature special pink drinks, of which $1 of the cost of each drink sold will be donated to the fundraiser.

“This year, we’re going to do two drinks from the prohibition era — the Sidecar and the Old Fashioned,” said Chisholm.

The event will also have silent and “Chinese” auctions, with the winners to be announced on Wednesday afternoon. Auction items include a handmade crocheted afghan, jewelry, Pandora bracelets, rounds of golf, restaurant gift certificates, a seven-iron golf club from Ruddo’s Golf and more. Sealed bids are accepted for the silent auction items, and it is not required that bidders be present to win.

Other popular items for the tournament are the two “coolers of cheer,” donated by the Cripple Creek Women’s Golf Association, that will be raffled off.

“People always love those,” said Davis.

A 50/50 raffle will also be a part of the tournament, with the winnings to be awarded Wednesday afternoon. The participants in the 50/50 must be present to win.

“Anyone can buy a raffle ticket for those, available now at the office at Cripple Creek,” said Davis.

Funds raised by the events had been donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation; however, in 2011 the group decided to start donating the funds to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition instead.

“We had requests from people that the funds be used locally. The best way to do that was to give the proceeds to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition,” said Davis. “We’ve done that ever since. This is our fourth year to give money to them.”

This year’s fundraiser is also being held in memory of Ellen Stephens, who passed away this past January.

“She ran it for the first nine or 10 years, and after that she still worked on it. She was instrumental in getting the club started and built. She was involved from the very beginning with Cripple Creek,” said Chisholm. “She was a very courageous person. She had such horrendous health problems the last three years of her life, but she always had a smile and was optimistic.”

Since its inception, the rally and its accompanying fundraising efforts have raised approximately $355,000, all of which has been donated to breast cancer research. Davis said she hopes the fundraisers continue to be supported by the community and make a positive impact.

“We hope we do at least as well as we have in the past. We’d love to do more.”