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    Woody's Charity Golf Outing Raises $13K+ for Pink Ribbon Riders

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Friday, August 19, 2016

     For seven years now, participants of Woody’s Charity Golf Outing have gone above and beyond for the Pink Ribbon Riders (PRR), a small 501 C 3 non-profit organization that provides direct financial assistance to men and women diagnosed with breast cancer.

    On Friday, Aug. 12, International Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (IEM), maker of Woody’s traction products, held their 7th Annual Charity Golf Outing in Freeland, Mich. An impressive total of $13,103 was raised by the 29 teams that gathered at Beech Hollow Golf Course. Over the last seven years combined, the event has raised a grand total of $75,560 for PRR.

    After a few cups of coffee and TimBits donated by Tim Horton’s of Midland, a shotgun start sent participants on their way to win prizes and raise funds. Throughout the 18-hole course were two 50/50 drawings, a silent auction sale of many donated items, and several hole prizes, including a $10K hole-in-one challenge, compliments of Diebold Insurance. New to the event this year was a bake sale, which raised $208.

    First Place Team – Reid Valve Dyno
    As teams finished out strong and the rain continued to hold off, an outstanding chicken dinner by Beech Hollow was provided to all attendees under the pavilion. During dinner, Jody McKay from PRR presented her organization and introduced two guest speakers: Kali Wissner, who shared her mother’s breast cancer story, and Tina Wenzel, who shared her own experience of overcoming breast cancer.

    Prizes and awards were then announced, and a live auction closed out the day. Some awards included $480 to the first place team (Reid Valve Dyno), and $260 to the second place team (Montville Plastics & Rubber), both of which graciously donated their winnings back to the cause. To add a few laughs or even clean up some tears, Western Power Sports (the last place team), was awarded several rolls of toilet paper. Donna Cody from the Michigan Snowmobile Association was named "Best Dressed" for the groovy '60s theme, which landed her prizes from Woody’s and the Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe. Skins winners, (Tech Met Carbides, Reid Valve Dyno, Team Lorenc, Team 19&67) donated back a total of $360.

    Best Dressed (Groovy '60s) — Donna Cody
    When asked about the event, John Sheldon Reid of Reid Valve Dyno stated, “Our goal all along was to win the event and donate the winnings back. We definitely plan on being back next year, and that will be our goal again. The amount of prizes and what Pink Ribbon Riders do for people is amazing; we wish we could donate more.”

    Additional positive feedback came from Chip Hofstetter of the Montville Plastics & Rubber team, which traveled all the way from Ohio to help make a difference. “It was a pleasure to golf in Woody’s outing," said Chip. "The money raised goes to a good cause, and it is nice to give back to the community whenever possible; my team plans to attend next year as well.”

    More photos from the event can be found on Woody’s Facebook page under the album Woody’s 7th Annual Charity Golf Outing. Next year’s 8th annual outing is scheduled for Aug. 11, 2017. Early bird registration and sponsorship opportunities will be available in early spring of 2017.

     Hole Tee Sponsors — MSA, XLT Engineering (2), Endurance Carbide, Camso, PCA, Jim Noble, E&D Engineering, Cignys, Wayne & Carol Schulte, Members First Credit Union, Fullerton Tool, Cintas Corporation

    Tee Hole Signs printed by — No Bull Graphix

    Prize/cash/gift/food/water donors — 509, Applebee’s-Midland, Arctic Cat, Auto Zone-Midland, Beech Hollow Golf Course, Bellman Melcor, Buffalo Wild Wings-Saginaw, Charlene Cabala, Cignys, Cintas, Dan Dan the Mattress Man-Midland, Dan Wise-Wheeler Road Driving Range, ERX Motor Park, Fullerton Tool, GMAX Helmets, Greg Cadarette, Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe-Midland, Home Depot-Midland, Jim Noble, L.A. Nails, Lalonde’s Market, Olive Garden-Midland, Tanya King, Pink Ribbon Riders, Polaris Industries, Ski-Doo/Dee’s Marine, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Spanky’s Powersports, Stryker’s Lakeside Marina, Tim Horton’s-Midland, Tractor Supply Co.-Saginaw, Tupes, Woody’s, Yamaha

    Volunteers — Tina Wenzel, Mark & Ruth Musselman, Jess & Tanya King, JoAnna Duby, Kali Wissner, Bobbi Jo Hoover, Michelle Ellis, Katie Zawacki, Serena Gardiner, Michelle Smith, Mary Wissner

    IEM is extremely thankful and appreciates everyone who puts their time, effort, and thoughts into this event.

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