The Cheyney University C Club will host the Wade Wilson Golf Tournament on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Penn Oaks Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course in West Chester, PA, to raise money for student-athletes, band members and cheerleaders.
Now in its seventh year, the golf tournament and silent auction have helped raise more than $220,000 to support scholarships for financially burdened Cheyney students like Kena Heywood, Tiara Harper, G’Tayah Archie and Xavier Ghaskin, who all graduated thanks to funding from the C Club.
This year, C Club members hope to exceed their tournament goal just as they did last year, raising more than $60,000. Gwynne and Lionel Hoye, both 1964 Cheyney graduates, serve on the Golf Tournament Committee and have been attending the event every year.
“It’s a very fun event,” Lionel says. “All of the work is done by volunteers so there’s low overhead, allowing most of the money to go directly to scholarships. It’s a good time for a good cause.”
While he takes to the greens with his golfing buddies, his wife supports the cause by taking part in the non-golfing activities. This year, for $130, non-golfers can attend the beginners golfing clinic on the course and brush up on their strokes with guidance from a pro, or for $80, enjoy the ‘Paint and Sip Experience’ at Pinot’s Palette in nearby Chadds Ford. You don’t have to be Picasso to try your hand at painting while enjoying a glass of wine, cheese and crackers, and chatting with friends. Participants will create their own masterpiece to take home as a souvenir. All materials including canvas, brushes and paint are provided. Experienced artists will be on hand to assist.
“The C Club has been one of the sole sources of funding for band members,” explains Band Director, Professor Allen Gardner. “The money they give helps a lot of students and, oftentimes, determines whether or not the students can afford school or books. C Club scholarships really make a difference.”
Communications major Brittany Brown, who is putting herself through school, was able to complete her sophomore and junior years at Cheyney because of the C Club. “I couldn’t pay my bill and, therefore, was unable to register for classes,” she explained. Scholarship money from the C Club helped her make ends meet and she is forever grateful.
Larry Skinner, 1976 Cheyney grad and President of The C Club, hopes more companies, corporations and individuals will check out the sponsorship packages and dig deep to help financially struggling scholars reach their academic dreams. “The tournament is open to golfers and non-golfers alike. Players are encouraged to register as an individual or foursome in advance of the tournament, but on-site registrations will be accepted starting at 7 a.m. on the 22nd,” Skinner assures.
Registration for golfers runs from $175 for individuals to $675 for a foursome and includes a day of golf, a barbecue lunch buffet, access to the C Club’s annual silent auction, and the chance to win prizes from sponsors.
The Cheyney C Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves as the official athletic booster club to Cheyney’s 10 varsity sports teams. Members don’t have to be Cheyney Alumni. In fact, businessmen and women and community residents can be C Club members. Through contributions to the annual athletic fund, donors are enrolled as members of the C Club, a status that entitles them to receive membership benefits corresponding to their donation level. More information is available online or via phone at 610-743-8311.
You can register for this event online or by printing the Golf Tournament Brochure and mailing the completed form and registration fees to:
The Cheyney C Club
P.O. Box 4699
Philadelphia, PA 19119-0066