There will be plenty of laughs and golf at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Ct. Monday, Oct. 16 as the facility plays host to the first Don Imus Ranch Charity Golf Tournament.
The event is being held to raise money for the Imus Ranch, a New Mexico charitable organization.
“We’re really excited about having the event at our club,” said Gary Sciarrillo, general manager of Great River, one of the premier daily fee layouts in the Northeast. “We’re rushing to pull this together and next year we expect it to be even bigger and better.”
Sheryl Fischer, director of marketing and operations for Great River Golf Club, anticipates a full field of 144 golfers for the tourney, which will be conducted under a shotgun scramble format. There will be other events surrounding the golf, including a raffle. The club is donating a corporate membership that will be auctioned off that day.
“Gary has always been involved with charitable causes,” said Fischer, “and we view this event as being able to consolidate our charity efforts with someone who has great momentum with his own project. The best thing about working with Don Imus is that he is someone who has as his main focus his charity and he doesn’t seek to benefit from it in anyway. His power is what makes anything he does popular.”
Imus, who maintains several homes including one in Westport, Ct., is the nationally poplar host of a morning drive time talk show on WFAN-AM out of New York City. The show is syndicated around the country.
Imus was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989 and his Imus Ranch, which is based 50 miles northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico, assists children who have cancer, and the siblings of SIDS victims.
Fischer said the theme of the day will be in keeping with the Imus Ranch.
“We’ll have a western theme and one of the neat things that day will be a barbecue/lunch featuring foods made with recipes from Dierdre Imus’ western cookbook. I’m sure we will have the club and course decorated in a western ranch style, and we hope to have some of the children from the ranch at the event to help out as volunteers.”
The cost for the tournament is $2,000 per foursome. The price tag includes 18 holes of golf with cart and plenty of food at lunch, on the course and at dinner following the event. There will also be a cocktail hour preceding dinner, with various prizes and gifts handed out. Registration starts at 11 a.m.
Fischer believes Imus’ power as a celebrity and the event’s ultimate benefactor, his Ranch for children, will draw in many sponsors and participants.
“We’re hoping to make a lot of money for the ranch and then build upon this first event in the future.”
Great River Golf Club, which has been in existence for four years, was recently selected as the 34th best public facility in the country and second best in the state among both public and private facilities by Golf Digest Magazine. For further information about the Imus Ranch Charity Golf Tournament at Great River Golf Club, call Fischer at 203-876-8051 or email her at Sheryl@grgolfclub.com.