Ambler po­lice to tee off for char­ity at first golf clas­sic

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

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 de­tec­tive@po­lice.ambler. pa.us.

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