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Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation AJGA Junior All Star 2018 Junior-Amateur Fundraiser Tournament & Hole Sponsorship Opportunities

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will be hosting a Junior-3 Amateur Tournament on Monday, June 18, 2018. The 18-hole event will be a 1:30 pm shotgun start on Mill Creek’s South Course. Teams will consist of 3 amateurs paired with one of the top-20 junior players from the tournament field. A dinner reception will follow beginning at 6:30 pm in the Hole #55 Bar & Grille at the Mill Creek Golf Course. Registration is $600 per team with the field being limited to the first 20 teams that register. The team entry fee includes: 3 Junior-Am greens fees with carts, play with a Top-20 Ranked AJGA Junior, 3 invitations to Junior-Am Dinner Reception, 3 sleeves of Taylor Made Golf Balls, 3 Adidas Tournament Shirts, 3 New Era Tournament Hats, 3 McArthur Golf Towels, plus many great prizes.

Hole sponsorship opportunities are also available for the 2018 AJGA Tournament. Corporate or individual hole sponsors are available for $250.00 per hole. Each hole sponsor will receive their company logo and/or name on a sign displayed at the golf course during the event.

To register for the Junior-3 Amateur Tournament or to become a hole sponsor, please contact PGA Head Professional Andy Santor at the Mill Creek Golf Shop at 330.740.7112 ext. 103.

Savoring Mother’s Day

Pamela Snowden misses her late mother, Lou Fares, but a butterfly necklace around her neck serves as a fitting tribute to her loved one.

“Kelly gave me this necklace last weekend,” the North Jackson woman said about the kind act from her daughter, Kelly Abe of Cornersburg. “She wanted me to have it, and today I honor my mom.”

Suffice it to say that Abe gave a special shout-out and honor to her mother by taking Snowden to Sunday’s third annual Mother’s Day brunch at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center in Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellow Riverside Gardens.

An estimated 470 people attended the sold-out gathering, which featured three main stations, noted Patty Rydarowicz, senior events coordinator for Kravitz’s Garden Caf & Inspired Catering, which, along with Mill Creek MetroParks, coordinated and sponsored the brunch.

A waffle bar was a new addition to the menu, said Jack Kravitz, owner of Kravitz Delicatessen Inc.

“My mom is very giving and kind. She’s an excellent baker, and she’s a nurse. She’s also very supportive and is in every way the definition of motherhood,” said Abe, a seventh-grade language-arts teacher and 22-year softball coach for Jackson-Milton High School.

For her part, Snowden referred to her daughter as her “Disney partner,” meaning they have visited Disney World in Orlando, Fla., or Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., about 20 times beginning when Abe was age 4.

Accompanying mother and daughter at their table of six were Korie Gross, Abe’s niece; Cathy Dietrick, Abe’s aunt whom she called “my second mom;” Sheila Ames of Cortland, Snowden’s best friend of 40 years; and Melissa Dailey of Deerfield, Abe’s best friend.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of foods from the stations, at one of which were chefs who carved and served turkey and ham. The buffet’s main course consisted of generous portions of chicken cordon bleu with ham inside and a cream sauce on top, pomegranate glazed salmon, au gratin potatoes, steamed broccoli, hash browns, bacon, sausage, bagels and salad.

Also available was an assortment of desserts, some of which were prepared in a style called flambe, a cooking process in which alcohol is added to a hot pan, resulting in a burst of flames.

Among those who enjoyed the food and company was Kristen Sarver of Hermitage, Pa., who came with her parents, Tom and Mary Pat Lawson of Buffalo, N.Y.

“She has been an unbelievable help,” Sarver said of her mother’s guidance, assistance and interactions with Sarver’s sons, Keegan, 1, and Caden, 4, who also came to the brunch.

“She’s cool!” Caden said about his mother.

Even though they live three hours away, her mother and father are always happy to pitch in however possible when she needs anything or helps to host a family or other event, said Sarver, who also was with her husband, Zach Sarver.

“Both of my parents are great with my sons,” she continued. “The boys enjoy having them, and we enjoy having them here.”

Kravitz Garden Caf & Inspired Catering, which replaced the former Friends Specialty in September 2016 in the visitor center, continues to enjoy a close relationship with Mill Creek MetroParks, Jack Kravitz explained.

The Mother’s Day brunch is one in a series of park-related events the business hosts. Others include the annual Breakfast with Santa Christmas gathering and a St. Patrick’s Day-themed funfest called Leprechaun Lunch, a traditional Irish corned-beef buffet that includes potatoes, Rueben sandwiches, leprechaun fries, french toast sticks, vegetables and cheese cake, he said.

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Nearly 500 savor Mother’s Day at Mill Creek Park brunch

Pamela Snowden misses her late mother, Lou Fares, but a butterfly necklace around her neck serves as a loving tribute to her loved one.

“Kelly gave me this necklace last weekend,” the North Jackson woman said about the kind act from her daughter, Kelly Abe of Cornersburg. “She wanted me to have it, and today I honor my mom.”

Suffice it to say that Abe gave a special shout-out and honor to her mother by taking Snowden to Sunday’s third annual Mother’s Day brunch at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center in Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellow Riverside Gardens.

An estimated 470 people attended the sold-out gathering, which featured three main stations, noted Patty Rydarowicz, senior events coordinator for Kravitz’s Garden Café & Inspired Catering, which, along with Mill Creek MetroParks, coordinated and sponsored the brunch.

A waffle bar was a new addition to the menu, said Jack Kravitz, owner of Kravitz Delicatessen Inc.

“My mom is very giving and kind. She’s an excellent baker, and she’s a nurse. She’s also very supportive and is in every way the definition of motherhood,” said Abe, a seventh-grade language-arts teacher and 22-year softball coach for Jackson-Milton High School.

For her part, Snowden referred to her daughter as her “Disney partner,” meaning they have visited Disney World in Orlando, Fla., or Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., about 20 times beginning when Abe was age 4.

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Notice of May Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2018, at 6 p.m. in McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Hospital Foundation Donates $110K to Mill Creek Golf Course

A $110,000 donation from the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation will name the organization as a four-year title sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament held at Mill Creek Golf Course June 18-21.

The foundation presented the check to the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation on Tuesday. $100,000 of the donation will cover the $25,000 sponsorship of the tournament for the next four years. The remaining $10,000 will go toward two beautification projects at the course entrances at state Route 224 and West Golf Drive.

The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation has donated in the past and decided to sponsor the event as it’s increased in popularity, said the organization’s president and CEO, Mike Senchak.

“We felt it was just an unbelievably great event for us to support,” Senchak said. “It gives us an opportunity to showcase our community to the outside world and to those coming into the area. And it really showcases what we believe is one of the greatest assets in this area, Mill Creek MetroParks.”

The weeklong tournament – one of 155 the AJGA holds annually – draws players and their families from all over the world, including Canada, China, Mexico, Columbia and the United Kingdom. Over the next four years, this will create a “financial windfall” for the local economy to the tune of $1.2 to $2 million, he said.

In addition, local players who travel to other tournaments have a chance to play a “home game,” said Brian Tolnar, the MetroPark’s PGA director of golf. “It gives them a chance to play on their home course.”

This is the third year that Mill Creek will host the tournament’s 12- to 15-year-old age group for boys and girls. Per the request of the AJGA, the number of players is increased to 156 from 96 “because our event has been extremely popular,” he said. The waiting list for the event has consistently had more than 70 kids, he said.

Canada’s Taylor Kehoe, 13, was last year’s girls champion, and 15-year-old Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio was the tournament’s first ever back-to-back boys champion in the 12-to-15 age group.

“When you think of all the people who’ve played in this tournament, like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, it’s amazing they haven’t had a back-to-back winner before,” Tolnar said. “He had half the Big 10 here recruiting him.”

Tolnar credits the community for the success of the event. In addition to the 120-plus volunteers that come out each year, support from organizations like the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which donates each year, and the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation make the event possible, he said.

In addition to the sponsorship donation, the hospital foundation has helped to fund the course’s scoreboard and course improvement projects among other donations.

“He [Senchak] has been extremely generous since I’ve been here,” Tolnar said. “His group plays here every Saturday morning. They’re the first tee time off.”

There’s a chance to add the 16- to 18-year-old age group to the tournament, he says, but will need another $25,000 sponsorship to make that happen. “The only thing we’re lacking there is a sponsorship.”

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Major donation to help fund junior golf tournament at Mill Creek Park

The donation means that the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation will be the title sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association Tournament over the next four years.

Organizers say this takes some of the pressure off of them.

“It’s good for the longevity of the event. In addition to that, it’s a huge economic impact for our facility and the Mahoning Valley being just a little bit under $2 million when it’s all said and done over the four-year term, so we’re excited about that and what it does for the local community here,” said Mill Creek’s PGA Director Brian Tolnar. 

A portion of the donation will also be used for two beautification projects at the US-224 and West Golf Drive entrances of the golf course.

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Flowers and a Diamond

$110,000 donation to help beautify Mill Creek golf course entrance

A local hospital is donating $110,000, part of which will help beautify the entrances to the Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course at West Golf Drive and Route 224.

The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation is expected to announce the donation today to the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation.

The donation will name Hospital Foundation as a title sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association Tournament for the next four years.

The tournament, being held at Mill Creek Golf Course from June 17-21, is billed as a chance to watch the next generation of golf champions.

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Major donation to help fund junior golf tournament at Mill Creek Park

A big donation will go a long way for the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation. 

The Mahoning Valley Hospital presented a check for $110,000 to the foundation on Tuesday. 

The donation means that the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation will be the title sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association Tournament over the next four years.

Organizers say this takes some of the pressure off of them.

“It’s good for the longevity of the event. In addition to that, it’s a huge economic impact for our facility and the Mahoning Valley being just a little bit under $2 million when it’s all said and done over the four-year term, so we’re excited about that and what it does for the local community here,” said Mill Creek’s PGA Director Brian Tolnar. 

A portion of the donation will also be used for two beautification projects at the US-224 and West Golf Drive entrances of the golf course.

View the full article at wkbn.com