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Second annual Kaderly Classic teeing off July 26

6/27/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Shown is Rick Kaderly Jr., president of The Kaderly Foundation, speaking at the banquet following last year’s Kaderly Classic.
Photo courtesy of Rick Kaderly Jr.
GREEN — The 2013 Kaderly Classic will take place July 26 at Raintree Country Club.

All proceeds from the second annual golfing event will benefit the Richard J. Kaderly Scholarship Fund and other works through The Kaderly Foundation, which was created to honor the memory of the late Richard Kaderly Sr., who had served as a member of the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education and New Franklin City Council. He was 58 years old when he died of a heart attack in October 2011.

“The format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.,” said Rick Kaderly Jr., president of The Kaderly Foundation. “Soda, beer and water will be provided throughout the day. Lunch will be served at the turn followed by a barbecue buffet at the conclusion of play.”

Kaderly Jr. said the 2012 inaugural event “surpassed [his] wildest dreams.”

“Going into it, I was just hoping to have 80 golfers. We ended with 146 golfers and over 200 people attending the event. Other than just two or three massive corporate outings, we were one of the biggest outings that the course hosted that year,” he said. “There was an unbelievable show of support from the area, and we can’t thank them enough. In total, we had 14 volunteers at the last outing. This year, we should have over 20 people, plus the golf course staff.”

As successful as last year’s outing was, however, Kaderly Jr. admitted he learned several lessons on how to improve the event going forward.

“The awards took too long, we need to serve lunch in a different manner and so on,” he explained. “We won’t have a major overhaul of the event, but we will tweak each area that we can to make it better for the folks coming out. My wife [Jamie] and I take a couple of dry runs through the course and facilities before to make sure that we see how the day should look — not just on paper, but from the golfers’ point of view. We have already done one this year and will do our next a couple of days before.”

Kaderly Jr. said he also learned that “value is very important” when hosting a charity event.

“From day one, our concern has never been that we make X amount of dollars off of each golfer. It’s, in reality, been the flip side to that,” he stated. “Our focus is how much value each golfer feels like they walked away with. I said last year, and will say again, at some point the fact that this came about because of the passing of my father will get overshadowed by time. At that point, we need to stand on our own, and hopefully we are on the road to doing that. If you put on a quality event and the people that come feel they got their money worth or, in our hopes, more, the rest will work itself out.”

According to Kaderly Jr., the event will feature a few additions this year.

“The D.J. Crew will be playing music and entertaining at the event this year. There will be much more time after the awards to play cards, throw cornhole and enjoy the evening,” he said. “For various reasons, we moved the outing to a Friday this year and probably for years to come. One of the things that it allows us to do is tee off at 10 a.m. rather than in the heat of the day or very early in the morning. In addition, we will have pictures of each team and a few action shots of the day available on our website for downloading afterward.”

Raintree Country Club is located at 4350 Mayfair Road. Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m., with tee-off scheduled for 10 a.m. Dinner is slated for approximately 3:30 p.m.

The cost for the event is $85 per person, which includes soda, beer and water, as well as lunch at the turn and a barbecue ribs and chicken buffet dinner following golf. In addition, there will be registration gifts, including complimentary range balls, and music and a party from the D.J. Crew following the awards.

Those who are interested in taking part in the Kaderly Classic can sign up by going to www.kaderly.org. Registration, sponsorship and payment links are available throughout the site. For more information, email kaderlyclassic@yahoo.com.

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