Ohio Valley Goodwill was delighted to welcome hundreds of friends, sponsors, and supporters to its 2012 Goodwill Celebrity Golf Outing held on Thursday, June 14th at the beautiful Glenview Golf Club. Players began the event-filled day being greeted enthusiastically by CARE volunteers who cheered each new arrival and posed with celebrity guests. For the past several years, participants in the organization’s Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education program (CARE), have served as the official greeters for the annual Goodwill Golf Outing and are much looked forward to by celebrity guests as well as players. After collecting this year’s goodie bags which included a new pair of Nike golf shoes, players gathered to hear remarks from Honorary Chairman, Joe Walter before starting their round of play. “We want to thank our 2012 Title Sponsor Hubbard Interactive as well as Presenting Sponsors MVD Communications and US Bank for their support of the 2012 Goodwill Celebrity Golf Outing,” said Walter. “It is through their support as well as that of our generous friends that we are able to make this outing such a great success,” added Walter.
This year’s golfers enjoyed the beautiful weather, sunny skies and challenge of the well-maintained and scenic course. This year’s Grill Station sponsor, Village Pantry Catering, offered hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, fruit and even delicious brownies for the hungry golfers at the Club House and on all 9 holes. They also welcomed the occasional chance for CARE volunteers to finish their putts for them and pose for photos. Long-time Hole-in-One sponsor, McCluskey Chevrolet once again provided the beautiful Corvette, Camaro and this year, Chevy Volt parked at strategic locations along the course.
Following the completion of play, golfers gathered around the site of the 2012 version of the Spectacular Helicopter Ball Drop and watched with fascination as the helicopter piloted by Stratus dropped hundreds of golf balls in preparation for the official selection of the $2500 Grand Prize winner. Honorary Chairman Joe Walter, Co-host Stephanie Mitchell and Coordinator Doug Ostholthoff picked out the winning golf ball in preparation for the big announcement at dinner.
Golfers were then treated to a wonderful feast prepared by Dinner Sponsor, Lother’s Catering, which featured carved Steamboat Round, Pork Tenderloin and Grilled Chicken Breast with green beans, gourmet macaroni and cheese, red skin potatoes as well as mashed potatoes and was presented in appealing fashion on two different buffet tables. While enjoying their dinner, guests were able to watch a 2012 mission video produced by Goodwill Public Information Officer, Michael Flannery, which talked about the organization’s impact in the community when people are put to work. “The idea for this year’s video was to tailor it specifically for our audience and to make it relevant in today’s business environment,” explained Flannery.
The debut of the 2012 video was followed by the announcement of the silent auction winners and awards presentation facilitated by Honorary Chairman Joe Walter aided by Ms. Stephanie Mitchell, Co-host and Advocate. In addition, Walter cordially thanked his celebrity guests for their participation in the Goodwill outing. This year’s luminaries included Dave Lapham, Byron Larkin, Jim Breech, David Fulcher, Robert Jackson, Brad Johansen, Bruce Kozerski, George Vogel and Ickey Woods among other local celebrities. This year’s Goodwill outing was also graced by the participation of several members of long-time partner Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) team who served as volunteers for the annual event.
Ohio Valley Goodwill wishes to thank 2012 Presenting Sponsors Hubbard Interactive, MVD Communications and US Bank for their support of the 2012 Goodwill Celebrity Golf Outing as well as Gold Sponsors Frost Brown Todd, JOB Trailer, Riverpoint Capitol, Superior Automotive Group, Tape Products, WCPO and Wells Fargo. In addition, Goodwill is grateful to Beverage Sponsor Palmer Leasing, Cart Sponsor Rumpke, Grill Station Sponsor Village Pantry Catering, Dinner Sponsor Lother’s Catering, Signage Sponsor Holthaus Lackner Signs, Hole-in-One Sponsor McCluskey Chevrolet and of course, Celebrity Host Joe Walter and co-host Ms. Stephanie Mitchell.