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Out & about: Golfers tee off in Latrobe to help orphans from Guatemala

Dawn Law
| Monday, Aug. 4, 2003

Golfers gathered for the good of Guatemalan orphans on Friday at Latrobe Country Club.

The first annual Gold Golf Tournament was coordinated by the Berlin, Somerset County-based adoption agency, Plan-it for Kids.

After-golf activities included a silent auction, dinner for more than 50 guests and tournament awards.

Top individual honors went to Bob Deak , of State College, who also was a member of the first place team in the tournament.

Additional team members were Beau Hill , of Somerset; Curt Spalsbury , of State College; and Anthony Braun , of Pittsburgh.

The event was to benefit Plan-it for Kids' Archangel Saint Raphael fund, to contribute to Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.

Hogar Rafael Ayau was founded about 150 years ago in the heart of Guatemala City. Head of the orphanage is Abbess Mother Ines Ayau Garcia , a guest at the fund-raiser.

Garcia said the orphanage currently cares for 140 children, from infants to adolescents.

She said children arrive at the orphanage abused, without food, education or even a name.

"We invent their names," Garcia said. "We know nothing. We make them up."

Garcia said staff members work with children for months after they arrive, so they can go to the orphanage school, be adopted or be returned to responsible family members.

"They come in pieces. They don't trust anybody," Garcia said. "Slowly they can accept to be loved. The orphanage is like a hospital for the soul and the body."

Garcia said economic conditions in Guatemala put a strain on the orphanage and its $50,000 a month budget.

"The government doesn't give us a penny," Garcia said. "We live day to day. The best thing is if we could find parents for our children. That would be best."

Seen at tournament events: former Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Robertson , who said he hoped to be involved in future fund-raising events; Plant-it for Kids founder, Carol Paulakos-Clarke , with adopted children, Brenda , Pedro and Angel ; Christina Sakmar , with son, Noah; Bob Clarke ; Donna Horbal , with daughter, Apryle , and adopted son, Michael ; Vince Chalk ; John Hartman ; Jorja Croner ; Dr. Gadi Parthi ; Harold and Darlene Knupp ; Kent and Donna Lalley ; Dr. Glenn Kashurba ; Rudy and Toni Boccabella , and Jeff Carey.

Summer in the City

From shopping to sidewalk drawing, there was something for everyone at "Summer in the City" Saturday in Greensburg.

Sixty-one people entered the sidewalk-drawing contest and winners were awarded a total of $650 in gift certificates from Art-Tech Supplies Inc.

Art-Tech owner and manager, Cecilia Morreo , was amazed at the chalk and sidewalk creations, from two-headed dragons to summertime in outer space.

"I think it's incredible," Morreo said. "I think it shows how much talent there is in Greensburg."

Contest grand-prize winners were Brooke Waugaman and Abby Neish ; and first prizes went to Mark Kissner , for the adult category; Ally Gaitano and Kaylin Back , for the group category; Dorion Barill , for the teen category; Lauren Urana , for the children's category, and Miranda Nadeo for the young children's category.

Even after being dunked "too many (times) to count," dunking booth volunteer Jan Carroll of meter enforcement, was pleased with the balmy breeze and sunshine.

Carroll said she hoped to see bigger events in the future.

"It's just fun and excitement, that's all," Carroll said. "Bring downtown Greensburg back."

Seen throughout the afternoon: Kimberlee Faught , world traveler and violinist; Kathi Harris and Pat Conrad , serving "Jazzy Jelly," (jelly made with wine); Barbara Sarver , selling organic produce from Sarver's Hill Farm; Tessa Sarver , sporting an airbrush butterfly tattoo by Timothy Meyer , of Fireball Designs; Margaret Colosimo and daughter, Laura , selling wooden toys and children's furniture from Handcrafted Treasures, of Asheboro, N.C.; and Rockwell family members Ben , Katie and Libby , selling salty-sweet FamilyTyme Kettle Corn; Dave Kelsey ; Bobbi Nolan ; Matthew Rahuba ; Bruce Meyer ; Lori Bernard ; Jordan Bernard ; Debbie Rheel ; Jennifer Hill ; Mary Kline ; Cecil Henderson ; Hazel Bortz ; Vicky Neatby ; Amy Urana with son, Joey ; Anita Kissner ; Rachael Sarver ; Margie Moore ; Jerry Hogg ; Peter Georgiadis ; Kristina Bartley ; Ashley Bartley ; Stephanie Furin ; Brandon Serfozo ; Fran Watson ; Samantha Watson ; Michele Pfeifer , with children, Grace and Michael ; Jennifer Zelmore ; Ed Wilding ; Wilda Kaylor , and Mark and Terrie Barill .

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