Ohio Assembly Plant, in conjunction with Cleveland Engine Plant, helps Save Our Children achieve 20-year goal with inaugural golf

The rain held off just long enough for the Ohio Assembly Plant team to host its inaugural golf outing for Save Our Children at Grey Hawk Golf Club. Presented by the Ford African Ancestry Network  with support from Ford Pride and Women of Ford and in conjunction with Cleveland Engine Plant, 80 golfers and 16 volunteers came together June 26 to create a smooth-running, fun day filled with friendship, laughter, great food and lots of lost balls – all for an amazing cause.  “I can’t wait to do it again next year,” said Brenda Yost, board member for Save Our Children.

The children’s advocacy organization had been trying to host a golf outing for 20 years, and this year, Ohio Assembly Plant and Cleveland Engine Plant stepped up. Theron McGee, master black belt, took the helm in organizing and hosting the event, raising more than $10,000 for the cause.

 Save Our Children board member Lisa Gonzalez, thrilled with the outcome of the outing, lauded McGee’s leadership and vision.

     “We are so happy to see such a wonderful new fundraiser and friend-raiser for Save Our Children,” she said. “We had discussed having     a golf outing in the past, but no one could make it a reality until Theron McGee joined our board of directors. I was excited to see so     many new faces in the crowd. Theron has gone over and above to make things happen, and we are eternally grateful to him and Ford     Motor Company for making a huge impact at Save Our Children and in our community.”

McGee said the event would not have been possible without an entire team of volunteers, including Scott Becker, who deftly managed cart organization, and Walt Thomas (OHAP), who served as chef for lunch. Other volunteers included Amy Jaynes-Brown (OHAP), June Doll, Joy Laid, Holly Mlincek, Josephine Monyak (OHAP and CEP) , Kristine Schremp (OHAP), Mark Schuckman, Joe Slaydek, Lisa Thomas, Sherri Walker, and Tony (OHAP) and Lisa Zahuranec .

The volunteers all enjoyed taking part. Schremp said it was great to participate in such a fun event that benefits a worthy cause. “It was so great to see so many wonderful people come together and have such a good time while helping to reach this year’s goal,” she said. “I can’t wait for next year and the chance to add volunteers and golfers to hopefully surpass this year’s outcome.”

The Ohio Assembly Plant team would also like to extend appreciation to its sponsors:

  •  African American Network, Sherwin-Williams, hole sponsor
  • AR0, event sponsor
  • Bendix
  • The Cardinal Scoop
  • Chase Farris, New England Patriots/Save Our Children executive director
  • Chocotaw-Kau, team sponsor
  • Christie Messinger and Dave Welch, hole sponsors
  • Cleveland Engine Plant, team sponsor
  • Dale Yost Construction, event sponsor
  • Guardian Title, hole sponsor
  • Knight Global Ergonomic Handling Solutions, hole sponsor
  • Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, hole sponsor
  • Mlincek family, hole and team sponsor
  • Nordson, hole sponsor
  • The Ohio State University
  • Pepsico/Donna Turza, Ohio Assembly Plant food service director, snack sponsor
  • Rudolph Libbe Group, event sponsor
  • Steve Thomas, UAW-Ford, Cleveland Engine Plant, team sponsor
  • UAW Local 2000
  • UMC, hole sponsor

The golfers all finished just in time to beat out the rain, then headed in for a delicious dinner, raffles and prizes. Honors were extended in categories for skins, men’s and women’s longest drive, plus closest to the pin. The big winners were Tony Miller (OHAP), Tony Paul (OHAP), and Demetris de Almeida, while Seve V took home the grand prize of $500.

 Monyak said Ohio Assembly Plant has a rich tradition of giving back to the local community, and she invites everyone to join in for the next Save Our Children fundraiser. “We have been working closely with Save Our Children for quite some time now” she said. “It’s a great partnership, and we look forward to continuing to work together. Up next is our seventh annual Storybook Ball-Beauty and the Beast on Sept. 10.”

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