On the greens: Golf event is huge fundraiser

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce gearing up for Trinity Golf Classic

CHAMBER GOLF EVENT PLANNED — Putting the finishing touches on Tuesday’s Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, Presented by Trinity Health System, are, from left, John Cucarese, New York Life, event chairman; Chris Orris,Valley Hospice Inc., special events committee member and Ambassador Club president; Amanda Smathers, Steubenville Country Club manager; Tricia Maple-Damewood, chamber president; John Denholm, golf professional at the Steubenville County Club; Jenn Cesta, Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, special events committee member; Keith Murdock, Trinity Health System public relations director; and Jim Morgan, special events committee member and past chamber board chairman. Brad Degenkolb, Holiday Inn of Weirton, special events committee member, also is helping to plan the event. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — It’s an event that dates back 30 years and it’s one of the biggest fundraisers held by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

It’s the annual Trinity Health System Golf Classic, and it’s a tradition that brings together golfers, volunteers, staff and chamber members and their employees each spring for a day of food, drink and friendly competition. This year’s outing will be on Tuesday at the Steubenville Country Club with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Working on the committee that is planning the event are John Cucarese from New York Life, who is event chair for the seventh-consecutive year; Jenn Cesta from the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County; Jim Morgan, past chamber chairman; Brad Degenkolb from the Holiday Inn of Weirton; Chris Orris from Valley Hospice; and Tricia Maple-Damewood, chamber president.

Longtime supporters include Trinity, DeNoon Lumber, the Health Plan, Newbrough Photo, Ruff Creek Markets and Softite Community Federal Credit Union.

A shrimp and bloody Mary bar, compliments of the Laurels of Steubenville, will kick things off at 8:30 a.m., along with a continental breakfast and coffee.

Other event sponsors include Riesbeck’s Food Stores; Apollo Pro Cleaning and Restoration; the Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square; Capital Health — Gables Care Center; M&M True Value Hardware; Voto Manufacturers Sale Co.; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; DiGregory’s Greenhouse and Garden Center; the Upper Ohio Valley Building and Trades Construction Council; APEX Environmental; Capital Health — Carriage Inn; IBEW Local No. 246; Advanced Entertainment Limousine; 1-888-Ohio Comp; and Valley Hospice Inc.

Drawings will be held for upscale items included on the elite door prize display. Valued at least $100 each, items will include a Go Pro; HP laptop; an Apple Ipad Mini; Pittsburgh Pirates tickets; a craft beer basket; a gourmet wine and cheese basket; and more. Sponsors include Cattrell Cos Inc.; E.J. Conn, candidate for Jefferson County auditor; Jefferson Security Services; Ambulance Service Inc.; Checker Transportation; Comp Management; the chamber board of directors; the chamber Ambassador Club; and the Steubenville Country Club.

Last year’s event attracted more than 175, including those who played, volunteered, came for dinner and prizes or just stopped by to say hello. There are still a few golf team spaces available. The cost is $500 per foursome, including golf, cart, all-day beverages, boxed lunch and steak dinner.

Call the chamber offices at (740) 282.6226 or visit jeffersoncountychamber.com for information or to register a team.