Ambler police to tee off for charity at first golf classic
The Ambler Police Department is hosting its first golf classic Monday, Aug. 20, at Old York Road Country Club. The event will benefit Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, which provides multidisciplinary care to victims of sexual and physical abuse.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with registration followed by a barbecue lunch at 11 a.m. Tee time begins at noon with a shotgun start. During the tournament, there will be hole-in-one, longest drive, close to the pin and putting contests. Appro- priate golf attire is required as well as soft spikes.
A two-hour open bar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will follow and will include hors’ d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, awards, raffles and a silent auction.
Cost to play in the tournament is $200 per player, with sponsorships ranging from $200 to $5,000 also available.
Ambler police Detective Tom Craig said the idea for the golf outing came after he stopped by the Ambler Golf Shop, 10 E. Butler Ave., and introduced himself to the owner, Kevin Melrath. He said he does this with every new business owner in order to obtain contact information in the event of a burglary or other emergency.
Craig said he quickly remembered he had met Melrath previously and the two began talking about organizing a golf outing. Melrath said he wanted to raise money for the local Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, but Craig told him the Ambler Police Department didn’t have one.
Instead, the two decided to raise money for Mission Kids, which Craig said he worked with for a number of years while he was a juvenile officer.
He said Mission Kids is a center where children who are victims of abuse are taken into a safe room where a trained in- terviewer asks them to describe what happened to them. The interview is video recorded with police, doctors or other officials necessary standing behind oneway glass watching a television screen.
Craig said it allows the child to feel comfortable and requires them to only have to tell the story of the abuse once, and the videotape can be used during the prosecution.
Mission Kids is a not, however, a branch of the government, Craig said, and so it became the perfect organization to raise money for with the golf outing.
“As a police officer I want to get the bad guy,” Craig said. “But as a parent and grandparent, I want to help these children.”
Partnering with William F. Gaubacz Jr., executive chef at Sunnybrook Golf Club, the three men got together to plan what Craig said will be a “fantastic dinner for the value.”
Craig also noted that participation in the event as a player or sponsor is tax deductible.
“It’s a great venue, great sport [and] great day,” he said. “We want to wow people.”
For more information or to buy tickets about the Ambler Police Department’s first golf classic, email Detective Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org. pa.us.