Golf outing will boost Cal U scholarship fund
A familiar theme will prevail when the eighth annual Coach Joe Howard Memorial Golf Outing is held June 14 at Uniontown Country Club.
“This event is an opportunity for Joe's many friends and former teammates and classmates to get together and have a good time while helping a great cause,” said Tim Susick, associate vice president for student development and services at California University of Pennsylvania, All proceeds from the outing, which is hosted by the Cal U Football Alumni and open to the public, will benefit the Coach Joe Howard Memorial Scholarship at California University.
James and Esther Howard-Pevarnik of Latrobe established the endowment from which scholarships are awarded annually to a sophomore, junior or senior football player at Cal U. Susick said the recipients must display athletic ability, academic excellence and strong moral development, “all qualities that epitomize the man in whose honor the scholarship was named.”
Howard, a longtime resident of Latrobe and a 1966 graduate of then California State College, began his teaching and coaching career at Greater Latrobe High School that year. He was the defensive coordinator under head coach Chuck Findley in 1968 when Latrobe won the WPIAL Class AAA championship by defeating Kiski Area, 19-7. He became head coach at GLHS in 1972 and died in 1977 while leading preseason drills with his team.
A memorial award was established in Howard's honor in 1977. The memorial scholarship at Cal U honoring Howard, a standout football player at his alma mater, was established in 2005 when a group of his former teammates and friends at the university contacted Howard's widow, Esther Howard-Pevarnik; her husband, Jim Pevarnik; and Howard's sister, Dawn Marmula. The Cal U athletic director, dean of admissions and football coach are to be responsible for selecting and awarding the annual scholarships.
Susick said it is significant that criteria for the scholarships goes beyond athletics.
“Education and academics were very important to Joe and Esther,” Susick said. “Joe was a good student, a mathematics major, and Esther, who was a cheerleader, achieved equal success in the classroom and received a degree in English.”
The couple met on the Cal U campus. Esther was a cheerleader and Joe was a football and baseball player. Esther earned her degree in teaching in 1964 and is retired from Latrobe Junior High School. Joe was a mathematics teacher at Greater Latrobe Senior High.
The June 14 golf outing will begin at noon with registration and light refreshments. The shotgun format tournament will start at 1 p.m. A car will be awarded to the golfer making a hole-in-one.
The cost is $125 per golfer, $250 per twosome or $500 per foursome. The fee includes a full round of golf, sandwiches during play and a sit-down dinner and awards program. An auction of sports memorabilia will take place during dinner.
Individuals not wishing to golf are welcome to attend the dinner at a cost of $50. Individual contributions also will be accepted from those unable to attend the event. A special $2,000 Vulcan Sponsor designation and a $1,000 Red and Black Sponsor designation are available and include two foursomes and listing in the program book..
Participants also will receive commemorative T-shirts but must register by June 1 to assure the proper shirt size.
Checks should be made payable to The Foundation For California University of Pennsylvania (Attention: Shayna Aberegg) and sent to P.O. Box 668, California, PA 15419.
Special prizes at the golf outing will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt, closest second shot and team low gross. A silent auction of sports memorabilia and other prizes will be awarded at the dinner. The sports items include footballs, hats, jerseys, photographs and books autographed by numerous sports luminaries.
Susick and members of committee coordinating the the event expressed sincere gratitude to everyone who donated memorabilia for the auction, California University of Pennsylvania and its interim president, Dr. Geraldine Jones, and everyone who has supported the outing over the years.
“This is an event designed to remember Joe Howard and help current football,” Susick said. “Joe was very popular and highly respected, and the golf outing and scholarship are just two ways for us to pay tribute to him.”
Susick also noted that Uniontown Country Club, located at 25 Bailey Lane, just off Route 40, is “a beautiful complex and a first-class operation.”
In addition to Jim and Esther Pevarnik, the coordinating committee comprises Ron Hughes, Pete Gialames, Pat Terlingo, Joe Lutz, Bill Lee and Jim Daley.
Additional information about the golf outing is available by contacting Lynn Baron at 724-938-1541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.