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Golf Ball Drop time

September 7, 2011
By DIANE SPEER - News Lifestyles Editor , The Alpena News

Golf balls falling from the sky Sept. 18 will signal the start of Alpena Tri-County Area Zonta Club's fifth annual Golf Ball Drop.

As many as 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped onto Rivers Edge Golf Course from a ReMax New Horizons hot air balloon. The one landing closest to the pin wins the holder of that ball a $2,000 cash prize.

Even better, should a ball end up falling in a designated hole-in-one, that holder will win a two-year pre-paid lease on a 2011 Buick Regal from Alpena Buick GMC.

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News Photo by Diane Speer
The Alpena Tri-County Area Zonta Club is gearing up for its fifth annual Golf Ball Drop. Supporting the event are, from left, Cathy Goike of District Health Dept. #4, Sharon Houston of Re/Max New Horizons and Zonta member Peggy Donakowski.

Besides the two grand prizes, four second chance $200 drawings also will be given away.

Set for 4-6 p.m. at the course, the event is a major fundraiser for the club. Proceeds will be used to support a number of worthy causes in the community, including the Girls on the Run program.

"We've used funds donated in the past by Zonta to buy supplies for the 10-week program," said Cathy Goike, public health educator at District Health Dept. #4 and coordinator of Girls on the Run. "Since the program started, Zonta has given close to $10,000."

The Zontians teamed up with the health department and Bay Athletic Club two years ago to begin presenting the national mentoring program for young girls. Girls on the Run is currently being presented to local elementary and junior high age students.

"Basically the program provides girls with a fun active place where they can be themselves. Each session deals with topics that focus on being emotionally healthy, mentally healthy and physically healthy," Goike said. "It is growing by leaps and bound. The hardest part now is recruiting coaches."

Zonta member Peggy Donakowski said the Girls on the Run program dovetails with Zonta's mission of advancing the status of women.

"We think there was a great need for these girls," Donakowski said. "Hopefully we can reach these girls at a young age and help them to stand up for themselves."

The Golf Ball Drop has the support of ReMax New Horizons, which for the last few years has arranged to have a company hot air balloon come to the area and serve as the vehicle for dropping the golf balls onto the course.

"It's a good cause and Zonta does a lot of good work for the community," said Sharon Houston, broker/owner of ReMax New Horizons.

Among other causes supported through Zonta's fundraising efforts are the Mother's Room at Alpena Regional Medical Center and Shelter, Inc., an agency that helps local victims of domestic violence.

Golf balls are still available for purchase at $20 per ball and can be purchased at EZ Way or by calling 464-5440 or 354-5114. Tickets also will be available for sale on site the day of the drop. Winners need not be present to win.



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