MU’s 15th annual Scholar-Am Classic contributes to growing scholarship fund

By Kary Feick

Golfers helped raise more than $65,000 for Madonna University undergraduate scholarships during the 15th annual Scholar-Am Classic last month.

The scholarship money is currently in a pool for both underprivileged students and qualifying merit scholarship students.

“Madonna hosts fundraisers because we care about our students and want to support their education,” said Andrea Nodge, Vice President for University Advancement.

In the past, the golf fundraiser has been a big hit and many participants returned this year to help Madonna students.

“Golf outings are popular, because golfers can have fun while supporting a worthy cause and often their companies support the event. Golf outings provide marketing opportunities for organizations to get their name in front of 150 or so local community representatives, leaders, companies and city officials,” said Ann Cleary, Director of Special Events at Madonna University.

After check-in, bucket raffles, and lunch, a shotgun start kicked off the event at Western Golf and Country Club, located in Redford.  Impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of the club, teams of 3-4 golfers spent close to five hours on the course.  The pro shop included a snack bar and was close enough to the course that participants could take a break. Approximately 115 energetic golfers participated in the venue. Additional people came to support Madonna at the dinner.

Hungry golfers said the three-course dinner deserved five stars. Cleary delivered a heart-felt prayer before the meal. When everyone found a seat, contributors enjoyed a house salad and a variety of delicious rolls. Chosen at the time of registration, the main entrée was either fresh salmon or a tender prime rib accompanied by green beans and red skin potatoes. While a delicious chocolate mousse dessert was served, the prize numbers for about 25 Bucket Raffles were drawn.

Bucket Raffle prizes consisted of gift certificates, golf gear, Madonna University labeled items, tickets to Cedar Point Hallo Weekends, wine, and other gifts. Some of the prizes included a theme, such as “Red Wings,” “Let’s Eat Out”, “Michigan Made Basket,” “Picnic Time,” “Road Trip,” and “Two for Madonna.” While the Bucket Raffles were a great crowd-pleaser, the Live Auction brought in even more money to help undergraduate students.

Another hit of the night was entertainment from the MC Roger Weber, a Reporter from Local 4. “I think everyone enjoyed Roger during the banquet. He did a good job of mixing humor into the program and was very affable,” said Bryan Rizzo, Athletic Director.

Madonna University brings in a variety of media and sports figures to draw in more participants.

“I think the golf outing has been successful because we have worked to make it a fun day.  Participants are able to enjoy lunch, then play an excellent golf course and finish with a great dinner.  We have tried to make them get value for their investment,” added Rizzo. He also said the wonderful weather had a big impact on the amount of participants at the golf outing.

Speakers at the event included Bryan Rizzo, Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, and Andrea Nodge.

Sister Rose Marie Kujawa delivered a touching message about Madonna University fundraisers and thanked all who believe in Madonna and helped with the golf fundraiser. “Madonna University has just been truly blessed with the kind of people that it attracts.  It’s because of all of these people that we’re able to support and sponsor events like this, but of course this would never work if it weren’t for you who generously come, enjoy yourself, and support our scholarships. That is the primary aim of this event,” said Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, Madonna University President.            

Andrea Nodge, Vice President for University Advancement, recognized all of the sponsors that helped make the golf outing possible. Dan Longeway (DKL Benefits) received special recognition for all of his hard work and help.  “I have to tell you what this man has done. I mean he helped negotiate the contract here, he’s a member here. He was in our office like every week, bringing things and helping us,”

said Andrea Nodge.

Everyone enjoyed the event and many plan to return in 2011 for a second round of scholarship-based golf at Western Golf & Country Club. “This was a wonderful venue with excellent food and service, everything went perfectly and I plan to participate next year,” said a contributor.

With the help from sponsors and events like the Scholar-Am Classic, Madonna University is able to help students achieve success by providing scholarships. 

Madonna University would like to thank the following sponsors of the event:

DKL Benefit Group

Barnes & Noble

Sodexo

Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center

UBS Wealth Management

Windsong Resort

Angela Hospice Home Care, Inc.

Advance Engineering

Catholic Parishes Federal Credit Union

Johnson Controls

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Detroit/Livonia

Budco

Schoolcraft College

Creighton McLean & Shea PC

Hatteras Printer

Chad Lloyd – CPS

State Representative John Walsh

Madonna University would also like to thank the many donors who contributed to the Goody bags, Tin Can (Bucket) Raffle, and Live Auction.

In an additional effort to continue raising money for scholarships, Madonna’s next Scholar-Am Classic will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.