The Cape Atlantic Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation hosted their 18th annual Golf Classic sponsored by the Messner Foundation, Inc. recently at the Linwood Country Club.
A record number of golfers had eaten lunch and were out on the course by the time I arrived. Claire Paugh was at her computer and printed out a list of foursomes for this columnist while foundation president Kate Sample tended to last minute details and checked on dinner arrangements with the staff. Norma D’Angelo and Beverly Ayotte came in the clubhouse to warm up as they had been out on Hole 6 all afternoon watching for a hole-in-one.
When Beth Bowman arrived with her grandchildren, Siena and Andrew Branch, and her daughter, Tricia Bowman Branch, I stopped to chat with them. Beth and I didn’t have to ride in a golf cart this year, all we had to do was walk out the side door to Hole 6 where Barbara Distel kept an eye out for a hole-in-one when Sallie Godfrey, Pat Pacifico, John Baltz and Bruce Ladd teed off and I snapped their picture. We stopped to chat with Ellen Barkalow at the refreshment and beverage cart then headed back inside to the dining room to check out the fabulous prizes in the Chinese auction and stake out a table for dinner. Beth told me what a great time she had attending the Miss America preliminaries, parade and crowning with granddaughter Siena and daughter Tricia, celebrating 25 years since she walked the runway representing the Garden State. It was a delightful experience for Siena to see what it was like when her mother competed on this big stage in Boardwalk Hall.
Barry Messner, Joe Kohler, Tom Cacossa and Tyler Sampson were the first foursome to finish up and arrive at the 19th hole, but the other foursomes followed close behind. Tournament co-chairman Carmen D’Angelo gathered the committee together for a picture, but missed getting Jim Barkalow.
I enjoyed chatting with Harry Vanderslice, Scott Raab, John Moore and Joe DiMarco, who was celebrating his birthday in three days. Speaking of birthdays, Harry was the winner of a $100 gift certificate to Bernie Robbins Jewelers, so wife Dawn is in for a real treat on her birthday. Charlie Bowman didn’t golf this year, but he worked the tournament and sported a Sunshine Foundation volunteer T-shirt when he joined his family for dinner. Charlie Jr., still recovering from shoulder surger, also missed the tournament, but he arrived with daughter Caroline Bowman, Miss Sunshine, still in her uniform after her field hockey game. Ocean City High School beat Oakcrest, she said. Beth helped her granddaughter put on her Miss Sunshine sash and crown so that she could assist her Aunt Tricia, who served as host again this year.
Joe Damone attended the Oshkosh, Wis. air show in August and got a ride on a B-29. Joe Cusato enjoyed golfing with son Steve and son-in-law Frank Sessa.
I chatted with Rich King at the buffet then caught up with John Quinn and Mike Hoffman at the dessert table. Rich enjoyed golfing with fellow barristers Tony Gibson, Rick Mairone and George Seltzer, who didn’t stay for dinner. During dinner, Tricia announced wishes were granted to Anakin, a 4-year-old from Vineland with severe autism, who received a trip to the Sunshine Dream Village and Florida Theme Parks; 11-year-old Keyonia from Harrisburg, Pa. who has spastic cerebral palsy and seizure disorder and received a computer to assist in learning and communication; and Francessca, a 17-year-old from Essex, Md. diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, who received a trip to the Sunshine Dream Village and Florida Theme Parks.
When Rick Kull presented a check to the Sunshine Foundation on behalf of his father, Richard Kull, who recently passed away, Tricia paid tribute to Richard Kull as he helped make her dreams come true. During her duties, Tricia received a text from husband Dave telling her he just received an award for being one of the “Top Future 50 CEOs from Smart CEO magazine.”
Mike King announced tournament winners: third place, Joe and Steve Cusato, Frank Sessa and Joe Damone; second place, Bill Desoi, Rick Kull, Michael Mettetal and Ken Stankiewicz; and first place, Alex, Jim, Jim, III Barkalow and Dave Kalter.
Carol Aust helped deliver prizes to the Chinese auction winners. However, Frank McCall was happy to pick up the big basket of cheer when his number was called. Since there were no holes-in-one, Dennis Egan got to drive the Chevrolet back to Perry-Egan in Ocean City after dinner.
It was a beautiful evening when guests arrived at Marlene Sheppard’s home for a reception highlighting new programs and initiatives supported by The Stainton Society at Shore Medical Center.
Marlene wore a black party pant set as she welcomed guests when they got off the elevator operated by her grandsons, Frank and Mark Faverzani. I stopped to chat with neighbors Carol and Jerry Phillips, who walked to the party, and Dave May, a surgeon at Shore since 2007 and co-chairman of the Stainton Society this year. I caught up with Steve Wallace and Tom Mundell from Shore Medical Center enjoying the beautiful view on Marlene’s veranda. Joyce and Joe Dollak recalled the time we participated in a Road Rally Scavenger Hunt a few years ago. Megan Duffy, intermediate school seventh grade language arts teacher and student council advisor, served hors d’oeuvres made by Gwen Raring Catering.
Frank Faverzani Sr., John Flood and Jon Batastini had lots of company stop by to see them in their little corner of the living room. Drew Antonelli reminisced about mom Gloria Antonelli’s boutique next to City Hall on Asbury Avenue in the 1980s. Drew’s wife, Jeanie, runs a consignment shop in Hatboro, Pa.
Marie and Lloyd Hayes enjoy biking around Ocean City, but they still haven’t biked over Route 52. I caught up with Carol Heenan and Susan Sheppard sampling the hors d’oeuvres.
I enjoyed meeting Alesia Watson, new executive director of the Ocean City Housing Authority, and her mom, Lena Fulton.
Lisa and Michael Allegretto showed up just before the program. Marlene Sheppard thanked her friends for coming and expressed her strong feelings for Shore Medical Center. Jamie Herrington, Marlene’s neighbor and a surgeon at Shore, said both he and his father were born at Shore.
Steve Wallace, still sporting a short beard, highlighted how important the Stainton Society, celebrating its 25th year, has been in fundraising for the hospital. The society is named for Howard S. Stainton, who supported the hospital from its inception and upon his death set up a trust providing funds to the hospital for 20 years.
Mike DeVleiger arrived during the presentation and tried to be inconspicuous. Kristina Doliszny is enjoying her career in real estate and she and husband Bob are now with Keller-Williams. Leigh Batastini is involved with the Lightkeeper’s Society at Shore. I stopped to check with Steve and Tom about the speaker and venue for the 2014 brunch that is just about firmed up then headed home to take a bike ride on the boardwalk with Jim.
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