Ocean City Today

Eighth annual Diakonia golf tourney, July 19

By Kara Hallissey | Jul 06, 2017

(July 7, 2017) A captain’s choice scramble, three raffles and a catered lunch await participants in the eighth annual Diakonia golf tournament on Wednesday, July 19, at the Ocean City Golf Club, which is the nonprofits’ largest fundraiser of the year.

“This tournament helps raise awareness of what Diakonia does, broadens our outreach into the community, and provides critical funding in the summer months,” Claudia Nagle, executive director of Diakonia, said. “Diakonia provides an array of services across our community that assist people in varying levels of crisis. This level of service is unmatched in the three lower shore counties.”

The deadline to register for the tournament is July 12 and includes a golf cart, tee gift, complimentary refreshments and a catered lunch for $100 a person or $400 a team.

The Irish Penny, out of Salisbury, will provide lunch again this year consisting of pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, chips, drinks, and cookies at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

There will be mulligans available for $5 a piece with a limit of two per player in addition to complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar during the final score segment.

For the second year, Pickles Pub, located on Eighth Street in Ocean City, will be providing hors d’oeuvres of hot dogs, meatballs, hand-cut fries and a salad.

“All fundraisers are important for Diakonia but the golf tournament is our largest of the year, bringing together a diverse group of supporters from the wider community,” Nagle said. “Men, women, young and older, business owners and professionals, volunteers, and supporters of our mission [come out] for a fun day of golf in the beautiful setting of the OC Golf Club.”

Three raffles will take place this year including an outdoor rocking chair donated by Kendall Furniture of West Ocean City. Tickets cost $2 for one ticket or three for $5. Another raffle consists of more than 50 prizes donated by businesses from Ocean City and Berlin. Tickets cost $10 for 10 tickets and $20 for 25 tickets.

“While Ocean City, Berlin and Worcester County support us though their budgets, which we appreciate, it is not enough to survive without the public’s generosity and support of our fundraisers and special events,” said Allyson Bernard-Church, Diakonia board president.

In addition, a 50/50 drawing will take place and tickets cost $5 for half a dozen.

Participants can also win a car provided by Sherwood Ford of Salisbury on a hole-in-one contest.

“We are so grateful for the players, vendors and donors who continue to sustain the golf tournament from year to year,” Nagle said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

The event ends with an awards presentation and an announcement of all raffle winners.

Interested golfers can sign up with a team of four, or as an individual, who will be placed on a team.

“The golf tournament is a very special day,” Nagle said. “It raises awareness for Diakonia’s mission – to serve those in crisis while maintaining dignity and respect.”

Event, team and tee flag sponsorships are also available.

“We especially appreciate the financial backing of this year’s tournament sponsors IMG Insurance Management Group, Seacrets, the Esham Family, Lou Taylor, and CrossFit Assateague, along with numerous businesses and individuals who are underwriting teams,” Nagle said. “Our heartfelt thanks to them all.”

Diakonia is the only comprehensive provider of emergency and transitional housing for men, women and families in three counties on the lower shore. The residence in West Ocean City also provides food services, counseling and assistance to its guests.

“Whether it is our food pantry, emergency housing, rapid rehousing and homeless prevention, or support for veterans and their families, Diakonia offers programs that support the success of our patrons and provide connection to resources that improve their situations and quality of life,” Nagle said.

The nonprofit helps clients with skills, life challenges, rebuilding confidence, maintaining or securing employment, heath and education.

“Many people don’t realize that Diakonia is more than a shelter,” Nagle said. “Our agency provides valuable resources to those in need and serves as a safety net for people in crisis by providing emergency housing, emergency food services, and connection to critical resources.”

To register for the tournament or inquire about sponsorships, contact Sandy Sribnick at 301-922-4127 or email diakoniagolftournament@gmail.com

For more information on Diakonia, visit www.diakoniaoc.org or call 410-213-0923.

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