(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Joseph Yekulis, public relations director, for the information in this story and Kelly Flaherty for the photos.)
In 19 years, there has never been a rainout of St. Louis Center’s premier golf event known as the “Golf & Glory” outing held at the U-M Golf Course.
But this year, organizers held their breath all morning on Tuesday June 25, while it poured. Remarkably by 9:30 a.m., the rain stopped, and following a 30-minute delay of the shotgun start, the clouds parted, the sun came out, and another successful Golf & Glory Outing was underway.
One hundred forty-four golfers filled the course for this annual event in support of St. Louis Center and everyone had a great time.
This outing, founded by former NFL Lineman Bill Wagner (ret.) of the Denver Broncos in 1994, brings together many former NFL and college football players and officials to share their time with St. Louis Center’s supporters for a great day of golf.
SLC Board member Tom Nowatzke, president of the Detroit Lions Alumni Association, draws in the celebrity guests who play every year, while Pistons play-by-play announcer George Blaha is the Celebrity chairman, and Red Wing’s radio broadcaster Ken Kal is a regular supporter.
Norm Neuman of Chelsea and Ron Hingst of Pinckney chaired the event, which annually raises more than $60,000 for St. Louis
David Helmer of Braun & Helmer Auction Service held a sports memorabilia auction after dinner, and a raffle ticket drawing was held for a seven-day Alaskan Cruise. This year’s winner was Eileen Augustine, who bought the winning ticket at St. Mary Parish. More than 800 tickets were sold for the drawing.
On Monday June 24, Paesano’s Restaurant owners Michael and Bridget Roddy hosted a $100 a plate dinner for 50 people in honor of Fr. Fortunato Turati, SdC., who spent 30 years at St. Louis Center, and is now working with the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence at Mt. St. Joseph in Lake Zurich, Ill.
The dinner was a huge success, and was a separate part of the Golf & Glory Festivities.
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St. Louis Center was established in 1960, and has been serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 53 years.