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Annual Pleasant Valley golf outing benefits Regional Family YMCA

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
Bea-Jarbeck-Burk, YMCA director of fitness, puts together a picture board that will be featured at this yea'rs event featuring photos from last year's event

A good game of golf, while teaming up with celebrities, is available at the annual Celebrity Golf Classic being hosted by the Regional Family YMCA.

The event is marking its 23rd year as an annual fundraiser for the facility.

“It's our biggest fundraiser every year,” said Bea Jarbeck-Burk, YMCA director of fitness. “Last year, we had about 23 teams.”

The event will take place on May 3 at the Pleasant Valley Country Club and will include golf and cart with green fees, skins contest, putting contest, hole-in-one contest, and skill prizes for every hole.

In addition to the golf, those participating also will receive lunch and dinner, on-course snacks, golf classic gifts, team photos and door prizes

The event also will feature raffle baskets, a verbal auction, and a silent auction, but what sets this golf event apart from the rest is the opportunity it gives participants to team with a celebrity.

“That is what makes our event unique,” Jarbeck-Burk said. “You can go to golf outings everywhere and weekend, but rarely do you have the opportunity to be paired with a celebrity.”

If possible, each team entered will be paired with a participating celebrity and former Steeler Chris Hoke will be this year's event host.

“I am really excited to be hosting this event this year,” Hoke said. “The YMCA has always been a big part of my family's lives and I am happy to have the opportunity to be able to give back to them.”

Jarbeck-Burk said the facility sent out about 300 invitations to sports celebrities and radio and media celebrities, and should have more than 20 attending this years event.

“We see some of the same ones year after year and then every year we have some new faces,” Jarbeck-Burk said of the celebrities that attend. “It's always exciting to see who will attend.”

All proceeds from the golf outing will go to YMCA programs and Scholarships.

“We hope to see teams join us this year for our event,” Jarbeck-Burk said. “The community is always very supportive of us and we hope to see a strong showing at our outing.”

The event will begin with a 9:45 a.m. registration and a shot-gun start begins at 11 a.m.

There also is still time to help sponsor the event.

Expected celebrities to attend this year include Elroy Face, Anthony Griggs, Tony Jeter, Todd Kalis, Marv Kellum, Frank Marchlewski, Rich Minto, Rod Morris, Dan Radakovich, Frank Thomas, Paul Uram, Emil Boures, Robin Cole and eight to 10 currect Steelers

All participants must be pre-registered by April 30.

For information, call 724-547-9622

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.