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Golf Tourney Raises Over $18,000 for Scholarships
by John Moffa, DVM, 2012 Golf Chairman

The Maryland Veterinary Foundation held its 20th Annual Golf Classic May 23 at Mountain Branch Golf Course in Harford County. It turned out to be a huge success. The foundation raised over $18,000 for its general scholarship fund that provides financial support for Maryland residents in veterinary school.

It was a great day for golf and camaraderie. More than 90 golfers hit the links by 9:30 a.m. and the rains held off until after dinner when it was time to leave. All the feedback we have received so far is greatly positive and plans are already in the works for next year’s event.

After 19 years in Ocean City and Rocky Gap, the golf committee decided to have our “classic” off-site and away from MVMA’s Summer Conference location. It became increasingly difficult to get sponsors and golfers from our list of conventioneers. We needed to expand our pool of participants and donors so as to include all those who might want to support veterinary education and the Maryland Veterinary Foundation.

Our choice was a good one. Not only did we have more golfers than ever and raised more money for the foundation than any other single event, but we found that most of our players were not associated directly with veterinary medicine. We attracted golfers (and non-golfing helpers) of all ages and abilities who truly were there not just to hit a small ball all day, but to help out a good cause.

Our golf classic had 30 hole sponsors, 16 prize providers, and 11 large donors who gave $1,000 or more. We had more than a dozen non-golfers who came to assist wherever needed and get in on the food and silent auction items. We raffled off everything from Ravens memorabilia, to golf balls, to vacations in North Carolina. It seemed like everyone left Harford County with a little something extra.

The golf committee worked extremely hard to pull off this successful undertaking. I want to thank my “posse” of Drs. Dick Streett, Carvel Tiekert. Greg Svaboda, John Brooks, Eric Boshoven and, in particular, next year’s chairman Dr. Zaun Kligge.

Our 21st annual tournament set for 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever. My sincere thanks go out to all those who helped make our golf tournament both fun and financially successful for the Maryland Veterinary Foundation.

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