One of the area's newest golf scrambles is also one of the most successful.
Plans are well under way for the fifth annual Lee Ann Scramble, which benefits the Lee Ann Foundation, which was started in memory of Lee Ann Schambach, who passed away from cancer at the age of 54.
The foundation was started by Lee Ann's widow, Brian, and has helped numerous people in the last three-and-a-half years.
Actually, the foundation has reached $100,000, which according to Schambach is a "combined total of previous gifting and current holding."
"We are so grateful for everyone's time, caring and giving," Schambach, a Bridgeport High School graduate, said.
The foundation's motto is "Giving is Living" and it aids cancer patients cope with extra expenses that health insurance might not cover.
"There are so many situations where an indigent cancer victim can't afford the gas money to get to their chemo treatment or can't make a rent payment or the electric bill," Schambach said. "All of these burdens come during such a significant event in their lives."
The funds of the foundation are administered through the Community Foundation and distributed by the Wheeling Health Right.
All of those helped by the LeeAnn Foundation, which includes a board comprised of Dave Diosi, Dr. Georges, Dr. Pollock, Melissa Mealy, Susie Nelson and Edie Proger, are local residents.
The chief fundraiser for the foundation, which helps people residing in Belmont, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler Counties, is the aforementioned golf scramble, which is held at Belmont Hills Country Club in August.
According to Brian's brother Todd, who is the scramble director, the 2013 goal of the golf outing is more than $10,000.
Some of the major sponsors for the golf outing include: Bordas & Bordas, Grisell Funeral Homes & Crematory, Outback, Wheeling Hospital's Schiffler Cancer Center, Ohio Coatings, Fosterbridge, Colerain Golf Car Sales, Tim's Custom Installation, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minova and Rough Cut Oil & Gas Services.
Working along side Todd on the golf scramble committee are: Mary Beth Timko, Doug Glover and Lori Clark. Todd also pointed out the work of Colleen Herman of WesBanco.
For more information about either the foundation or the golf scramble or to make a donation, visit leeannfoundation.com or call 304-242-3144.
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