The Good Shepherd Golf & Tennis Invitational for Pediatrics was held on Monday, September 9, at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Grace Course in Bethlehem. With Gerald Nau, chairman & CEO of Lafayette Ambassador Bank, as this year’s tournament chair, the tournament raised $160,000 for Good Shepherd Pediatrics. The pediatric program provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for children with autism, developmental delays and physical disabilities, and those who are recovering from accidents, injuries or illnesses.
Among those attending were Jane (Stone) Brooks, Gary Clewell, Karen (Cooney) Duerholz, Bob Ford, Julia Gerancher, Jack Iannantuono, Tim Yenawine, John T. Yurconic, John Kristel (Good Shepherd president & CEO), Dave DeCampli, Greg Butz, Joe Topper, Tom Ike, Bob Girling, Kevin Murphy, Michael Seibert, Keith Vadas, Denny Boyer, Mike Fisher, Jim Rodgers, Ken Duerholz, Dolores Laputka, Matt Sorrentino, Sally Gammon (former president & CEO of Good Shepherd), John Cooney, Jean Weiner, Mary Elaine Ford, John Eureyecko, Wendy Body and Winnie Melinsky.
This year’s winners were as follows: First Place, Low Gross: Tim Yenawine, Kevin Murphy, Keith Vadas and Michael Seibert. First Place Net: Roy Miller, John Blair, John Coppens and Ron Robinson. Second Place Net: Jack Iannantuono, Michael Ervin, Tom Ike and John Eureyecko. Third Place Net: Doug Callenberger, Joe Candio, Sr., Dan Gagnier and Kevin Hausmann. Jim Rodgers achieved the honor for closest to the pin, and Bernie Berninger had the longest drive.
At this year’s tournament, a special new award was initiated to honor a volunteer for exceptional commitment to Good Shepherd and its mission by coordinating, motivating and inspiring other volunteers to achieve fundraising goals. The first recipient of the Bob Ford Volunteer Leadership Award was Bob Ford himself. He was the inaugural recipient to honor his dedication to fundraising on behalf of Good Shepherd since 1987. Ford, of Salisbury Township, has served as chair, assistant chair and, most recently, honorary chair for the Golf & Tennis Invitational, devoting countless hours to the event and raising funds for Good Shepherd Pediatrics. Ford is a former executive of Black & Decker, and serves on the boards of the Allentown Diocese Catholic Charities and the Sierra Club.
“I believe in Good Shepherd’s mission and all that it has accomplished since its 105 years of service,” says Ford. “To know that the proceeds from each year’s tournament help the children who need Good Shepherd’s services the most is very important to me.”