The Golf Classic Nets More than $82K for Stepping Stones
Date posted: June 13, 2019
Stepping Stones’ 18th annual Golf Classic was presented by Niagara Bottling and netted more than $82,500 for programs serving individuals with disabilities.
On Monday, June 10, tournament chair Steve Mennen welcomed more than 180 guests at O’Bannon Creek Golf Club for a beautiful day of golf and surprises. The golf outing featured both a morning and afternoon flight, as well as exciting hole challenges for the opportunity to win luxury prizes, course tastings, a premier raffle and more.
The day began with delicious breakfast burritos by Vital Farms before golfers teed off in the morning flight. On the course, players competed to win longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests while enjoying a variety of course tastings, including fresh mimosas! Following the morning flight, golfers returned to the clubhouse for live-music by musician Edward Liu and a delicious lunch provided by The Beerded Pig food truck.
During the afternoon flight, the fun continued with 27 teams competing to win course contests and enjoying craft beer tastings by 50 West Brewing Co. and Graeter’s ice cream. Mid-way through the afternoon flight, golfers were delighted by the arrival of Palermo’s Screamin’ Sicilian pizza. The food truck kindly traveled all the way from Wisconsin to support the event.
Thank You for the Support
After all afternoon flight teams completed their round of golf, everyone relaxed in the clubhouse with a seated dinner that included award announcements and raffle drawings. Golf Classic event chair and Stepping Stones’ board member Steve Mennen also thanked the day’s guests for their thoughtful support of our programs serving individuals with disabilities.
“It’s hard for me to describe the benefit Stepping Stones has in the community – it’s phenomenal,” shared Mennen. “The way the organization functions and the strength of their programs is really a wonderful thing to witness. We are so thankful for your support!”
Stepping Stones congratulates all of the days winners and thanks everyone for being a part of such a wonderful occasion. Special thanks to our major sponsors, including presenting sponsor Niagara Bottling, platinum sponsor The Rendigs Foundation, scorecard sponsor Edgewell Private Brands and dinner sponsor The Kraft Heinz Company.
Congratulations to The Golf Classic Winners:
1st Place Morning Team:
Todd Block, Price McLane, Jaime Masters and George Musekamp
1st Place Afternoon Team:
Dave Eltringham, Matt Eltringham, Thad Reinhard and Mike Wietzman
2nd Place Morning Team:
Andy Lallathan, Adam Morton, Charlie Rittgers and Josh Sillies
2nd Place Afternoon Team:
Scott Gift, Justin Lenox, Brian Newland and Stephen Zacour
Longest Drive Contest Winners:
Men’s Winner: Tim Goss
Women’s Winner: Alicia Lawrence
Richter & Phillips Closest-to-the-Pin Winner:
Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati Closest-to-the-Pin Winner:
Mark Everingham, Jr.
Enjoy pictures of the 2019 Golf Classic, below!:
Congratulations to the Morning's 1st Place Team:
Price McLane, Jaime Masters, Todd Block and Golf Committee member, George Musekamp
Congratulations to the Morning's 2nd Place Team:
Adam Morton, Charlie Rittgers, Josh Sillies and Andy Lallathan
Congratulations to the Afternoon's 1st Place Team:
Thad Reinhard, Matt Eltringham, David Eltringham and Mike Weitzmen
In the morning flight, two teams of stylish ladies teed-off for Stepping Stones. Thank you for joining us in your matching apparel!
Polly Hart, Tenesia Wildermuth, Elizabeth Rogers, Heidi Felton, Mary Francis Grote, Anne Shanahan, Christy Pucci and Blake Gustafson
To help keep The Golf Classic running as smoothly as possible, we were thankful to be joined student volunteers from Moeller High School.
Thank you to Cannon Spelman, Ian Hale and their classmates for serving refreshments throughout the day. We appreciate all of your help!
Stepping Stones' newly elected Board President Whitney Eckert (second from right) invited her parents and spouse along for the day's morning flight!
Don Mills, Judy Mills, Whitney Eckert and Charlie Eckert
After a somewhat rainy start, we were thrilled to see the sun shine brightly over the afternoon's round of golf.
Tom Moore, Executive Director Chris Adams, Janet Coleman and board member John Hassan.
Thank You to Our Off-the-Grill Sponsor, Flower Foods!
Rob Plough, Bobby Barfield, Richard White and Steve Jones
Doug Reingardt, Clay Lafferty and Larry Weidner of the HP Hood team smile on hole 13.
Stepping Stones' board member Elizabeth Rogers takes a big swing!
Our dedicated Golf Classic event chair Steve Mennen joined Refreshment Sponsor PepsiCo on the course.
Steve Mennen, Meredith Wiktorowski, Angela Carter and Sean Bishop
Golf Classic committee member Jack Oliver with Nicholas Binkley, fellow committee member John Borchers, Jr. and Aaron Haslam.
Borchers, Jr. also supported the event as one of our hole sponsors!
During the lunch hour, golfers were entertained by live music from Edward Liu.
For lunch, golfers of both the morning and afternoon flights enjoyed a visit from The Beerded Pig! The local food truck served savory barbecue sandwiches, tacos and nachos.
Congratulations to Women's Longest Drive Winner Alicia Lawrence of the Chobani Team!
Brian Yund, Alicia Lawrence, Sean Blackmore and Wade Krause
Mid-way through the afternoon flight, our golfers were delighted when Palermo's Screamin' Sicilian Pizza food truck arrived.
Golfers were able to grab a slice in between holes - or take theirs on-the-go like winning team members Matt and David Eltringham.
Stepping Stones extends a big thank you our returning presenting sponsor, Niagara Bottling! We are incredibly thankful for your continued support.
Allen Goss, Nick Goss, Men's Longest Drive Winner Tim Goss and Colin Cavanaugh
We also extend a big thank you to The Rendigs Foundation for joining us as a Platinum Sponsor.
Tom Myrick, Jeff Albrink, Karen Carroll and Doug Moore
All of the day's golfers as well as Stepping Stones' staff and volunteers thank SugarCreek and Julie & John Richardson for sponsoring the tournament golf carts!
SugarCreek team members Paul Sturkey, Zach Shepard, Murray Sauret and Brandon Fortener