Letter to the Editor: Angelo Golf Classic a success
On Aug. 15, the first John Angelo Golf Classic was held at Indian Springs Golf and Country Club. It was a very successful event, and all proceeds will benefit the Foundation for The Arc of Indiana County, which is an agency dedicated to assisting The Arc of Indiana County.
John Angelo, my son, was born in 1972. John has Down syndrome, and his birth presented our family with a set of unexpected challenges. The Arc of Indiana County, which was founded in 1973, became our most valuable source of information and guidance as we sought to help John to develop his gifts and talents. As a result, John’s life as a productive member of our community has been one that blows away stereotypical thinking about people with Down syndrome.
The John Angelo Golf Classic was a success because of the kindness of many people. Our four tournament sponsors — Phoenix Rehabilitation & Health Services, Reliant Holdings Inc., Sen. Don White, and VFW Post 1989 — more than covered all of the event’s expenses. In addition, we had other sponsors and donors, many donating without being solicited. Many businesses pitched in with items used for prizes and for a silent auction. Fifty-five golfers played in the event and about 70 people attended the dinner.
About a dozen volunteers worked on the day of the event to make it an enjoyable time. The staff at Indian Springs Golf and Country Club could not have been more helpful.
The smiling faces of John and the winning golfers in the photograph in last Sunday’s sports section of the Gazette were typical of all who were there. Everyone seemed to have a great time. My heartfelt appreciation goes to all who made the first John Angelo Golf Classic a memorable occasion.
president, Foundation for The Arc of Indiana County