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Published: Saturday, 8/17/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Golf outing promotes a drug and alcohol free lifestyle

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Sylvania police chief Bill Rhodus tees off during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance, Mich. Behind him are Kevin Aller, left, and Mike Brown, who won a putter and golf bag in the auction last year. Sylvania police chief Bill Rhodus tees off during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance, Mich. Behind him are Kevin Aller, left, and Mike Brown, who won a putter and golf bag in the auction last year.
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Under bright sunny skies, golfers lined up along the green grass range Friday at the Bedford Hills Golf Club, taking practice swings before the Sylvania Community Action Team’s golf benefit.

Don Boyer, of Key Investment Services, places his ticket for an auction item during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance, Michigan. Don Boyer, of Key Investment Services, places his ticket for an auction item during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance, Michigan.
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“We couldn’t ask for a better day,” said Jason Slicker, assistant general manager at the golf club. Deb Chany, executive director of the Sylvania Community Action Team, also known as SCAT, agreed it was a perfect golfing afternoon.

Bedford Hills Golf Club assistant general manager Jason Slicker welcomes the golfers during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the golf course in Temperance, Michigan. Bedford Hills Golf Club assistant general manager Jason Slicker welcomes the golfers during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the golf course in Temperance, Michigan.
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For the third annual SCAT Golf Scramble, community officials and businesses came out to support the organization tasked with the mission to promote a drug and alcohol free lifestyle among Sylvania’s youth.

Jordan Olmstead, right, places his ticket for an item in the auction during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance, Michigan. He was golfing on the Fulton County Health Center team. Jordan Olmstead, right, places his ticket for an item in the auction during the third annual golf scrambler that SCAT, Sylvania Community Action Team, hosts at the Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance, Michigan. He was golfing on the Fulton County Health Center team.
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Of the 48 golfers, the City of Sylvania Police Department had two teams, Ms. Chany said. Sylvania City Councilmen Mike Brown and Sandy Husman also attended the event, along with Mayor Craig Stough. Representatives from Key Bank and Hancock Structural Steel, who is providing material for Fire Station No. 1 on Monroe Street, also came out to support the non-profit’s benefit. Golfers played on two of the three eight-hole courses, Wolverine and Buckeye.

“This helps our mission a lot because it help us to branch out to business and individuals who learn about what we do in the community,” Mrs. Chany said. Plus the benefit is more geared toward adults, unlike most of its events which are geared towards youth, Mrs. Chany said.

She said the donations this year totaled at least $3,000, and that Sylvania businesses including Element 112, Ace Hardware, and Fried Marbles gave more than $2,000 in donations that were given away as prizes for participants.

Others, such as Choconotes, also sponsored prizes for closest to the pin and other golf competitions held within the scramble. Proceeds will go toward SCAT programs, including the yearly 24-hour Relay Challenge, drug take-back days, and the Youth Leadership Program promoting peer-to-peer prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.

Later that evening golfers attended a steak dinner also held at the club. 

For more information on SCAT, visit www.sylvaniascat.org.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com



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