Hole in one ball drop to ben­e­fit Parkin­son’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clinic

The Welland Tribune - - NEWS - RAY SPITERI

One thou­sand golf balls will be dropped from a he­li­copter onto a driv­ing range in Ni­a­gara Falls on Thurs­day, with $10,000 up for grabs.

The event at Ea­gle Valley Golf Club is sched­uled for 5:30 p.m., and will raise money for the Steve Ludzik Foun­da­tion, a cause ded­i­cated to help­ing peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s dis­ease in Ni­a­gara.

Should no balls go into the holes, the clos­est to the pin will be de­ter­mined by an of­fi­cial.

If more than one ball drops into the hole, $10,000 will be di­vided equally among the win­ners. A ball can be pur­chased for $20. For tick­ets, call the St. Paul Av­enue club at 905-374-2110.

The event will also fea­ture food from Tide & Vine, and raf­fle prizes, in­clud­ing four Whirlpool Jet Boat passes; four, 18-hole Ea­gle Valley passes; a one-night stay with Cana­dian Ni­a­gara Ho­tels Inc.; and Titleist swag.

“A he­li­copter is go­ing to take off from Ni­a­gara He­li­copters, and come across the golf course, so it will be quite a sight,” said Ludzik, who bat­tles Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

“A gentle­man is go­ing to shimmy down a rope, un­zip a bag with 1,000 golf balls in it, and they will be dropped onto the driv­ing range. Peo­ple can come and watch it.”

He said the goal is to raise $20,000 for the foun­da­tion.

Money will go to­wards the Steve Ludzik Cen­tre for Parkin­son’s Re­hab at Ho­tel Dieu Shaver.

Ludzik, a for­mer Na­tional Hockey League player and coach, said it’s be­cause of events such as the ball drop, roasts of hockey leg­ends, and golf tour­na­ments, that the clinic is free to any­body suf­fer­ing from Parkin­son’s in the re­gion.

Delia Iafrate, owner of Ea­gle Valley, said the event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the ball drop sched­uled for 6:30 p.m.

“It’s our first year do­ing it. We want to make it a big an­nual event,” she said.

Iafrate said peo­ple don’t need tick­ets to come to the event, but will need one if they want to par­tic­i­pate in the the ball drop.

She en­cour­ages those in­ter­ested to buy their tick­ets be­fore the event to en­sure they get a ball.

Ludzik said Iafrate is a sup­porter of those bat­tling Parkin­son’s dis­ease, and has started pro­grams and

JULIE JOCSAK/POST­MEDIA NEWS

Ea­gle Valley Golf Club in Ni­a­gara Falls will host a fundrais­ing event on Thurs­day for the Steve Ludzik Foun­da­tion, which helps peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son's dis­ease in Ni­a­gara. Dur­ing the event, 1,000 golf balls will be dropped from a he­li­copter onto the driv­ing range at the St. Paul Av­enue course, with $10,000 up for grabs.

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