Members of the Pack family gather on the front porch of their home in Hayfield, as they look forward to the Golf Classic which will be Friday, August 2, at The Oaks. The event will benefit families that have children with Down syndrome. Pictured are: (front) Seth, Ethan, Rachel and Nolan; (back) Linda and Chris. Photo by Ruth Hanson
By Ruth Hanson
The Third Annual Seth Pack Golf Classic is coming right up.
"And it will be a fun day filled with golf and laughter," Linda Pack, Seth's mom, said. "My husband, Chris, and I are only a small part of all this. Many individuals and businesses have contributed. It's amazing and heartwarming what a small town can do."
Chris said that there were 12 teams in the first tournament two years ago. Last year there were 15.
"So far this year we have 25 signed up, so I'm thinking we just might have 30," he said. "We are looking forward to laughs because the featured speaker is the Minnesota Gophers men's public address announcer, Dick 'The Polish Eagle' Jonckowski. He is a comedian who travels around the country giving speeches. If you haven't heard him before, come out and at least enjoy the meal (pulled pork sandwiches, salad bar, and dessert) and program at a cost of $15."
Chris and Linda started out raising money for families with children with Down syndrome by participating in a fundraising walk in the Twin Cities. They decided they would like to do something nearer to home. Hence, the golf classic at The Oaks.
"Some families with children with Down syndrome need more resources than they have to cover everything they need and their insurance doesn't cover it all," Linda said. "The money we have raised has paid for an adaptive wheel chair, an i pad to 'talk' for a downs child, the cost of eye glasses which is not covered by insurance, and sign language videos. Seth loves his videos and so do we. It cuts down some of the frustration when he is trying to tell us something that he wants and we aren't understanding. We have also sent a girl to camp twice."
Seth is six years old and will go to kindergarten this year. The Packs' oldest child, Rachel, is 11. Ethan is nine and Nolan is three.
People who would like to sponsor a hole, buy raffle tickets, or come to the meal and program following golf, should contact Chris by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 507-951-8519.
The cost of golfing is $60 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, meal and program after golf, and one raffle ticket. The format for golf is a four person scramble. Tee time is 11 a.m. with registration starting at 10 a.m.
Numerous prizes and gift certificates have been donated for the raffle. Raffle tickets are being sold for $5, three for $10 and eight for $20. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
All the money raised from this event goes to the ARC of Rochester (an organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) and will go specifically to families with children with Down's syndrome in southeastern Minnesota.
"In the first two years of the event we have raised over $7500," Chris said. "We certainly appreciate all the support we have received and the money is going to a great cause."