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Golf event to benefit GI family

Sat, Sep 14th 2019 07:00 am

OneChurch, in conjunction with Destroyer Park Golf, will host a fundraiser to benefit an Island family involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident.

The Maras family of Grand Island was were involved in a tragic auto accident on their way home from Lake Placid in August. Kevin Maras lost his life and his wife, Heather, remains at the University of Vermont Medical Center recovering. The couple’s daughters, Sierra, 18, who was released from UVMC last week, and Ashley, 16, are back home on Grand Island.

The sixth Park Golf Pay it Forward Open will take place from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7065 Sand Hill Road in Akron.

The Maras family was very active at OneChurch serving on the board of directors and leading youth and teen ministry programs.

Park golf is a variation of golf that includes using one club and a large ball on an 18-hole course. Golfing skills or equipment are not needed in order to enjoy the game, which is appropriate for people of all ages.

Registration for the event begins at 3 p.m. with golf starting at 4 p.m. The cost is $25 and includes dinner and golf. Take-out dinners are also available from 4 to 7 p.m. for $12 with a menu including roast beef, pulled pork and a variety of sides and dessert. There will be a raffle with more than 100 baskets including large door prizes such as a family four-pack to Darien Lake Theme Park, a customized corn hole set and other prizes to be announced. Sponsorship packages in various amounts are available as well as monetary donations.

The event will be held rain or shine. To register as a golfer, contact Kris at 716-270-3883 or [email protected]. For basket, monetary donations, and pre-sale take-out meals contact Pam at OneChurch at 716-542-2644 or [email protected].

Destroyer Park Golf opened in 2013 and is the first park golf course in the United States. The game is a huge sensation in Japan, boasting over 1300 courses. Destroyer Park Golf is sanctioned by the Nihon (Japan) Park Golf Association. The park’s founder, the late Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer, played park golf for more than 10 years in Japan.

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