Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pelini Foundation Tees Off for Charity at Wilderness Ridge

May 3, 2010
Contact: Mark McDonald 309-0721

Lincoln, NE - What do you get when you host a golf tournament with Ndamukong Suh, Larry the Cable Guy, Doc Sadler and over a dozen former Husker football stars and coaches? A lot of errant tee shots on one hand, but on the other, the opportunity to raise over $100,000 for Nebraska charities.

Bo Pelini with Wilderness Ridge Head Pro Chris Thomson
On a sun-drenched afternoon, the Bo Pelini Foundation, led by its namesake, hosted the inaugural Bo Pelini Celebrity Golf Tournament at Wilderness Ridge Golf course in Lincoln on May 3. To the delight of all concerned, the event raised between $125,000.00 for the Bo Pelini Foundation.

Connie Jamrog, the foundation’s executive director, said all of the money raised by event will stay in Nebraska to help Nebraskans in need.

“Support for this year’s event has been amazing,” Jamrog said. “Bruce Berres and his team at Wilderness Ridge went out of their way to make this event a success.”

“Our corporate donors really stepped up this year even in these tough economic times,” added Jeff Jamrog, Asst. Athletic Director for Football Operations for the Huskers and Connie Jamrog’s husband.

The event was sold out, and sponsors donated $2,500 each to the foundation. Recent Nebraska football stars Suh, Barrett Ruud, Phillip Dillard and Joe Ganz were on hand, along with legends including Tommie Frazier, Johnny Rodgers, and Rich Glover.

The event started with lunch in The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge’s Yellowstone room, followed by a shotgun start. There was a silent auction during the day and after the golf tournament, the players were treated to a steak dinner at the Lodge and live auction featuring a large array of Nebraska Athletics’ items, among numerous other prizes.

Celebrity guest Larry the Cable Guy
Foursomes were paired with a former football standout, coach or celebrity. The event followed a shamble tournament format, where every golfer drives and the team uses the best one and plays the rest of the hole on their own. Many of the former Huskers looked a lot less comfortable with a golf club in their hand than they did in a full set of football pads, which contributed to most of the teams being on the course for six hours.

Pelini got the tournament started by thanking all of the contributors and volunteers. He challenged everyone to an ugliest swing contest, chiding defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders: “Most of you don’t have a chance at winning that one. I’ve seen Marvin Sanders swing and nobody has a swing that ugly.”

Connie Jamrog said the Bo Pelini Foundation committee, which consists primarily of the wives of Nebraska football coaches, has worked hard to prepare for this event, the second major fund-raiser for the foundation. The first is Football 101, an introduction to Nebraska Football primarily designed for women. She also praised the Wilderness Ridge Staff and volunteers.

Kristen Stark and her sons Philip, 15, and Benjamin, 12, were among the 30 Wilderness Ridge members who volunteered their time to ensure the event was a success.

“My kids like to help out and this was a good opportunity for them to contribute,” said Stark.

It appears the event has a permanent home at Wilderness Ridge Golf course.

“It’s hard to beat the level of support we’ve received here.,” Connie Jamrog said. “We look forward to doing this again next year.”

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