HAMPSTEAD GOLFER Paul Kraushofer has a knack for coordinating golfers and corporate sponsors into popular tournaments that yield substantial contributions to nonprofit groups.
This year, he organized a golf tournament that raised more than $2,000 for the Grant-A-Wish Foundation.
"I'd rather be able to give than to be needing help, and I'm thankful I can do so," Kraushofer said. "People enjoy the game, and the foundation benefits, so it's a winning combination."
Grant-A-Wish Foundation, founded in 1982, is a comprehensive charitable assistance program based in Baltimore that offers experiences for the critically ill child and the family throughout the child's illness. (The Make-A-Wish Foundation, a similar but separate organization, offers a single experience per child.)
The foundation grants range from small gifts, such as tickets to the zoo or wigs for cancer patients, to lodging at The Children's House for families with children receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and providing otherwise unaffordable vacations at two seaside children's homes.
This year, more than 36,000 children and their families will benefit from Grant-A-Wish programs, according to executive director Brian Morrison. He said 93 percent of donated dollars go directly to foundation programs.
Kraushofer became interested in Grant-A-Wish after helping his employer, Advantage Sales and Marketing, provide Thanksgiving dinner to the families staying at The Children's House, which it has done for five years.
"I knew I could do more," he said, speaking from his experience creating fund-raising golf tourneys for local Scout troops and for his employer.
He's already pegged Sept. 9 for next year's Grant-A-Wish tournament.
On Sept. 11, 128 golfers converged at Oakmont Green Golf Club in Hampstead for Kraushofer's benefit tournament. Winners were announced at the luncheon after play.
Refreshment cart volunteers Leslie Scholian and Suzanne Superson collected $152, which they donated to the foundation. Eileen Quinn also volunteered that day, as did Phil D'Adamo, who dressed in Orioles attire to lend comedy to the putting contest.
The antics didn't stop the accuracy of Dan McShain III, who dropped the only putt from a field of 10 finalists. Southard Brothers Concrete Construction Co. Inc. sponsored the putting contest.
The top-ranking four-person team consisted of Pat Gibbons, Howard Redman, Rick Stein and Mike Phoebus, with a net score of 60. In second place, with 61 points, were Opie Ricker, JoAnn Taylor, Bill Taylor and Pat Hepburn. In third place, also with 61 points, were Greg Waltemier, Truitt Redding, Matt Pitarra and John Pitarra.
Contests for the man and woman closest to the pin were held at various holes. Winners at the second hole were Mike Philing and Maureen Davis; at the sixth hole, Charlie Huebler and Mary Meadowcroft; at the 11th hole, Mark Jones and Karen Tyler; at the 15th hole, Greg Waltemier and JoAnn Taylor. Closest to the pin on the long drive at the ninth hole were Fred Walzog and Maureen Davis.
Fox Chevrolet of Timonium and Adscom Corp. Van & Truck Equipment sponsored the hole-in-one contest, but there were no winners. The 50-50 raffle winner was JoAnn Taylor, who took home $260.
Sponsors for individual holes on the course included Masonry Macks Homes, Lizzie's Lockers, Kreusinger Oil Co., Franklin Boulevard Exxon, Goldkeepers Jewelers Inc., Cagle's Billiard Sales Inc., Harco Auto Park, Mabel Bridge & Shore Inc., Lisa Pollino of Top Notch Travel, Stansbury's Professional Tree and Stump Service, Dr. James A. Eickhoff, Towne Pride Interiors, McCormick & Co. Inc., Black & Decker, and Advantage Sales and Marketing.
Information: Paul Kraushofer, 410-239-4142.
The parents of Girl Scout Troop 1647 are sponsoring a basket bingo Oct. 22 at the Hampstead fire hall. For three years, the troop has been raising money to pay for airfare and four days at the Savannah, Ga., birthplace of Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.
This will be the last fund-raiser for the troop of 10 girls and their parents who will travel to Savannah next August.
"I'm pretty excited about this as their leader," said Barb Passmore. "We'll visit the birthplace and take part in a Victorian dinner where we'll be dressed in corsets and bustles as part of a project in fashion and design.
"Our Scouts will also bridge from Cadette to Senior Scouting at the birthplace," she said. "It gives me chills, talking about it, because we've had these girls together since second grade, and this will happen a week before they enter high school."
The night of bingo includes jackpots, door prizes and raffles. Raffle winners will take home the collectible Longaberger homecoming basket with accessories, or the two-quart ceramic crock with lid. The jackpots also will include a basket or crock with accessories. Door prizes will be fancy crafts made by the Scouts with donations from area businesses.
Doors open at 5: 30 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
For information, call Passmore at 410-239-2158 or Karen Turner at 410-239-8004.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 9/22/99