Scholar-Am Golf Classic raises scholarship funds

By Kary Feick

Back again by popular demand and financial success, the 16th annual Scholar-Am Classic will take place on Friday, Sept. 16.

The fundraiser will take place at Western Golf & Country Club in Redford Township. Local 4 Reporter Roger Weber will return again to support the scholarship-based event.

With students in mind, golfers, spectators, and sponsors contributed largely to the scholarship fund last year. The 2010 event raised more than $65,000 for Madonna University undergraduate scholarships.

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

Among University fundraisers, the Scholar-Am Classic is historically the most financially successful. Popular contests, such as the tin can raffle, first-, second-, and third-place team awards, closest-to-the-pin contest and the hole-in-one contest return again this year.

Several exciting Hole-in-One Contest prizes will be awarded during the dinner. Prizes include a Lincoln MKZ prepaid lease from Varsity Lincoln in Wixom, a 2012 Focus prepaid lease from Bill Brown Ford in Livonia, and $10,000 toward a new or used Chevy from Lou LaRiche Chevrolet in Plymouth.

All proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships. By golfing or simply attending the gourmet dinner, participants can help make a student’s dream come true. The $50 dinner includes a three-course meal, live auction, and raffle prize drawings.

“Western is a great venue. They do a wonderful job and it’s a fantastic course,” said Bryan Rizzo, Athletics Director. “The fundraiser is a great way for our athletes to interact with people who are supporting the school and scholarships, both academic and athletic.”

Beyond finances, the event is becoming more popular each year, drawing more than 150 participants in 2010.

“Golf outings are popular, because golfers can have fun while supporting a worthy cause and often their companies support the event,” said Ann Cleary, Director of Special Events at Madonna University. “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.”

With golf, dinner, prizes, raffles, and a live auction, the 2011 Scholar-Am Classic provides something for everyone.

Madonna University is currently accepting donations for raffle prizes. For more information, contact Ann Cleary at 734-432-5421 or Participants can also visit to register online.

The prices are $200 individual and $800 for four people after Aug. 19.

On the day of, registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. tee off.