Cripple Creek ready to Rally for a Cure

On Aug. 17, Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club will be holding the 15th annual “Rally at the Creek” Rally for a Cure golf outing. The two-day event includes an 18-hole scramble, as well as a “ladies only” Pink on the Patio party.

Over the years, the tournament and its “ladies only” party have raised approximately $275,000.

“I think it’s a pretty significant achievement for a relatively small country club to raise so much money and to keep at it for so many years,” said committee member Karen Pharr.

“It started out very small. It started out with maybe 30 or 40 people getting together and playing golf. Every year we’ve raised a little bit more,” added Donna Murray, the “leading force” behind the event. “It’s just to give back to the community. I think breast cancer touches everybody.”

She noted that, for at least one year, and possible more, Cripple Creek’s annual event had been the top fundraiser in the state of Delaware for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and last year the event brought in close to $30,000 for Komen.

In previous years, the monies raised have been donated to various breast cancer organizations, including Komen. This year, however, all the money will be donated to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

“We’ve decided to keep it very local, to keep the money we raise in Delaware,” explained Murray. “There are three Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition ladies that we’ve been working with – Pricilla Rakestraw, Cheryl Doucette and Connie Holdridge. They have been so hands-on working with us. They’ve come to our meetings and supported it by helping with the goodie bags. They’ve collected some silent auction items and donated some.”

Murray said the event was first started by Cripple Creek member Ellen Stephens, who suffered a brain bleed a few months ago.

“This year it’s dedicated to Ellen,” said committee member Rita Schafran.

“It’s in honor of Ellen,” added committee member Betty Leary.

The 18-hole golf tournament on Aug. 17, with registration beginning at 8 a.m., costs $90 per person, which includes a golf cart, awards and the opportunity to win various prizes.

Cripple Creek member Judy Savage donated a continental breakfast before the tournament and local Realtor Leslie Kopp donated the buffet luncheon, which is expected to have state Rep. Gerald Hocker and Sen. George Bunting in attendance.

The field is full at 108 golfers, and Murray said that if single golfers want to play but are without a foursome, the pro-shop will pair them with other players.

“Without the Cripple Creek Community and the surround area businesses, we wouldn’t be able to do this. Every year, they are just as generous as they can be, and we’re not the only ones doing this.”

Those ladies who’d like to support the fundraising efforts but aren’t ready to swing a club can consider attending this year’s Mardi Gras-themed after-party on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m.

“Karen Pharr started it to bring non-golfers in to be able to support the cause,” said Schaffran.

“It grew into something all by itself. It’s just a really fun ladies-only evening,” added Murray.

The $30 event will feature hors d’ oeuvres, dancing and specialty pink drinks.

“Everyone wears pink, so it’s a sea of pink,” said Leary. “There will be a cash bar, and for every pink drink that’s purchased, Cripple Creek will donate a dollar to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.”

Local DJ Brian K. Hall will be providing the music for the evening, while the women attending can mingle and dance the night away. A 50/50 raffle, silent auction and “Chinese auction” will be on display Wednesday and Thursday, with items including a “Basket of Cheer,” jewelry, assorted gift cards and certificates, rounds of golf and a dinner for eight catered by an executive chef from Ocean City, N.J.

“We’ve all brought our daughters. Some of the girls have brought their moms. We have women from 18 to 85 years old, and we’re all up there dancing and having fun,” said Murray.

“It’s just been a celebration of women, and a lot of the survivors are there. It’s a celebration of life and the fact that people have survived after breast cancer… Everybody can come together at that event,” added committee member Pat Vallese.

For more information, or to register, call Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club at (302) 539-1446.