Rally at the Creek to raise money for breast cancer charity

Next month, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club will host the 16th Annual Rally at the Creek to raise money to support breast cancer awareness, research and education.

“It’s grown steadily,” said Judie Davis, who co-chairs the event with Donna Tanguay. “It started in 1997 with an $850 donation to Susan G. Komen, and last year we donated $31,193.12 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.”

Davis has been actively involved in Rally at the Creek for 10 years and also helps her husband, Bob, run another cancer-fundraiser golf tournament, Progress for Prostate.

“Bob had prostate cancer, and then my daughter had breast cancer three years ago… She was 44. So I’ve been working on this for a long time, but then it became even more important to me.”

Last year was the first year Cripple Creek donated the funds raised to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, and they plan to donate to them again this year.

“We switched our benefactor so that the money stayed in Delaware,” she said, “because when you give to Komen it goes into Komen in general and they disperse it. We felt we wanted to do something that would keep the money more local. People just felt that, the people who were living here and donating the money, that money might turn around and benefit them later on down the road with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.”

The two-day fundraising event will kick off on Tuesday, Aug. 14, with “Pink on the Patio.” The ladies-only party, beginning at 5 p.m., has a theme of “Pretty in Pink.”

“It started probably five years ago. The reason for that was the people who were not golfers, we felt needed to be given the opportunity to participate in some way.”

Tickets for the party cost $30 per person and include an evening set to song offered by DJ Brian K. Hall, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a “Chinese” auction and a cash bar featuring a special pink watermelon martini.

“Sorry, men — this is ladies only! Everybody comes dressed in pink,” said Davis. “Last year, we had 172 women attend, and it probably covers three generations of women. It can get a little wild and crazy. I’m not exactly a dancer myself, so I usually sit back and watch, and it’s fun to just to that. It’s always a fun night.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, a four-person golf scramble will tee off at 9 a.m. Entry costs $90 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, a riding cart, a continental breakfast sponsored by Vickie York and a buffet luncheon sponsored by Leslie Kopp.

“Men can play and are actually encouraged to do so,” said Davis of Wednesday’s event. “You may sign up as an individual and be paired up with others who have signed up the same way, or you can put together your own foursome.”

A mulligan and pink ball packet will be sold the day of the event, for $20 per team. Prizes will be awarded for closest to the hole and longest drive for both men and women.

“The majority of our donated prizes come from local businesses and individuals,” noted Davis, adding that the community support has been great.

Along with items donated to the “Chinese” auction, which will be closed the night of Pink on the Patio, a silent auction will be opened throughout the two-days.

“The silent auction will be open for bidding at Pink on the Patio, but it won’t be closed out and awarded until the end of golf on Wednesday,” said Davis. “We have a huge number of items that have been donated — all kinds of stuff. We have artwork, golf foursomes, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates and beauty shop gift cards, so there’s all kinds of donations that have been made and are still coming in.”

Davis said one item that many people look forward to is the annual “Basket of Cheer” that is raffled. The alcohol is donated by Cripple Creek ladies in the 9-hole and 18-hole groups, and this year it will be presented in a rolling cooler.

Davis said that, over the years, the event at Cripple Creek has raised approximately $303,000 through the generosity of the community and donors, all of which has been donated to breast cancer research and education. She said she hopes this year the event will top last year, in both funds and fun.

“The hope is to always make more money than we made last year,” she said. “Hopefully, people will come out and support this great cause.”

For more information or to register, call Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club at (302) 539-1446. Cripple Creek is located at 29494 Cripple Creek Drive near Dagsboro.