More than 100 players hit the course for 38th United Way Golf Classic

READY TO TEE OFF — Golfers warm up prior to the 38th Weirton United Way Golf Classic, held Monday at Williams Golf and Country Club in Weirton. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — More than 100 golfers took to the course Monday to lend a hand to one of the area’s biggest charitable organizations.

Twenty-one teams were registered to participate in the 38th Weirton United Way Golf Classic, which kicked off at 10 a.m. at Williams Golf and Country Club.

“We’re extremely grateful for our two platinum sponsors, the Frontier Group of Companies and Reynolds Services Inc.,” John Kirlangitis, tournament director, said. “I can’t imagine where we would be without them.”

Reynolds Services, owned by F. John Frangakis, has been a sponsor of the event for more than 10 years, Kirlangitis noted.

Kirlangitis also expressed appreciation to long-time supporters First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Serra Village Retirement Community and Tri-State Pharmacy.

“They’ve been extremely generous over the last 15 years,” Kirlangitis said. “The United Way is blessed to have them.”

He made particular mention of the sponsorship from Serra Village, noting founder, the late Lou Serra, had been a supporter of the United Way for many years, with the efforts continuing with the following generations.

“This was a special event for him, and his family continues with his legacy,” he said.

The United Way Golf Classic is the first major fundraising event of each year’s campaign. This year’s campaign is being headed by Chris Hatala, campaign chair; and Casey Richards, vice chair.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)