22nd Annual American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Golf Classic Raises $21,000 to Support Local Services

It was a HOT one for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter 22nd Annual Lakeland Chapter Golf Classic held on Monday, May 24, 2010 at Brown County Golf Course.

Bill showing some of his trick shots.

Joining us this year were 34 teams for the 18-hole scramble event. The day kicked off with Bill Schroeder, former Packers Wide Receiver, and current long drive/trick shot artist. Bill showed off his amazing golf talents with a 20 minute demo on the driving range sponsored by Packers Alumni Association. Two teams also had the chance to win the ability for Bill to golf for 9-holes with their team.

The event also featured Red Cross education at many of the holes including adult conscious choking, an overview of how to use an AED, an overview of transportation service, disaster services, and information on blood donation. The day of golf concluded with awards and dinner.

 Contributing sponsors included: Dinner Sponsor – US Paper Mills; Media Sponsor – WFRV-TV5; Hole-in-one Sponsor – Brennan Buick, Course Signage – Quick Signs; Golf Ball Sponsor – Cellcom; Range Balls – Chris Vanderheyden, Board Member; Margarita Sponsor – Los Banditos.

Taking first place this year was Double Digit Sales Growth, LLC: Chris Vanderheyden, Steve VandenAvond, Kipp Karakas, Gary Spielbauer and in second place was the team of J & S Drywall:  Jeff Schomaker, Stan Scheffen, Terry Gorman, Mike Jacobson

First Place: Double Digit Sales Growth, LLC. Photo by Bret Paluch

Second Place: J & S Drywall. photo by Bret Paluch

“We appreciate the sponsors and golfers that participated in this year’s Lakeland Golf Classic, said Steve Maricque, Executive Director for the Lakeland Chapter. “This event is a key fundraiser towards providing critical resources in support of our local community services.”

“I want to thank the golf outing committee including Pat Beimborn, Gerald Henley, Ray Kopish, Chad Resar, Barb Vanden Langenberg, Steve Maricque, Jody Weyers and Mauree Childress for their time and energy in making this year’s event a huge success,” said Chris Vanderheyden, Board Member and Golf Committee Chair. 

The $21,000 raised from the Lakeland Chapter Classic will go to support services in our eight counties including; families affected by disasters, provide rides for those 60 and over and those with disabilities get to medical, nutrition and employment needs, and continue to provide life-saving training classes for people in our community.

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Scenes from the Golf Course: Bill Schroeder – Long Drive/Trick Shot Artist!

Bill Schroeder, former Packers Wide Receiver, and current long drive/trick shot artist was on hand prior to shot gun start to amaze our foursomes with his ability to hit the long one and work his trick shots. Two lucky foursomes won the chance to golf 9-holes with Bill on their team. Thanks Bill for your support and thank you to the Packers Alumni Association for your sponsorship.

Bill with Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations Director

Showing his trick shot skills


Bill with the team Temployment!