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Annual golf event for charity tees off July 25

6/19/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Several people are shown taking part in a past Kaderly Classic event.
Photo courtesy of Rick Kaderly Jr.
GREEN — The 2014 Kaderly Classic will take place July 25 at Raintree Country Club, with proceeds for the third annual golf tournament benefiting scholarships.

“This ‘Christmas In July’ themed outing will be a four-person scramble beginning with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.,” said Kaderly Foundation President Rick Kaderly Jr. “Santa Claus will be making an appearance on the course. We will have your favorite Christmas songs playing at registration and at the turn. There will be a special prize for the most festive golfer who is wearing their favorite Christmas hat, shirt, etc.”

The cost for the event is $85 per golfer, which includes a “thank you” gift and complimentary range balls before play. Beverages will be provided throughout the day, with lunch served at the turn and a barbeque buffet set for the conclusion of play.

“We expect to give away $10,000 in prizes this year,” said Kaderly Jr. “We also have a custom-made traveling trophy that will be awarded to the worst team of the entire event. Anyone can practice and be good. Sometimes it take someone really special to admit that they are that bad. It’s just a little something to keep things light-hearted.”

According to Kaderly Jr., 144 golfers are expected to play this year.

“We will have about 25 to 30 volunteers. We will also have about 25 people just come for dinner,” he said. “I am always overwhelmed at the support that we receive from this area. Manchester, Green, Coventry — they all have pitched in so much. We sold out our first year and came very close last year to doing the same. We knew that we would be down because we moved the Classic from Saturday to Friday, but we still had a fantastic turnout and expect to sell out again this year, even with it on a Friday.”

The proceeds from this annual event are used to help fund the Richard J. Kaderly Memorial Scholarship, Kaderly Jr. said.

“We currently give out a $1,000 scholarship that repeats for four years, a one-time $1,000 [scholarship] and next year we will be adding a third scholarship to award to a senior at the Portage Lakes Career Center,” he said. “We have also assisted with the local youth sports teams in the community with equipment donations and sponsorships. We will assist the Manchester High School Band with repairing their instruments. There were 14 children who we helped have a better Christmas this past year — in part, where the Christmas In July idea came from. We have a new project that will help the Palliative Care program at Akron Children’s Hospital. In addition to those, we help the local F.O.P. [Fraternal Order of Police] put on Safety City and the D.A.R.E. programs each year.”

Kaderly Jr. said those efforts are made with an eye toward his father’s dedication to the community. Kaderly Jr.’s father, Rick Kaderly Sr., was 58 years old when he unexpectedly died of a heart attack in October 2011. He was active in the community and served as a member of the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education and New Franklin City Council.

“For over 40 years and for three generations of players, Rick paced the sidelines for the Panthers, coaching in the high school programs, middle school and, most of all, Manchester Youth Football,” he said. “Rick served on the Manchester Board of Education for nearly two decades — 15 of those as president. He was a member of the Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education, a co-founder of the Manchester Alumni Association and a councilman for the City of New Franklin. Like Rick, the Kaderly Foundation is pleased to help the youth of this community in any way that we can. It was a way of life for him and we hope to continue on the path that he showed us.”

To take part in the 2014 Kaderly Classic or for additional information, go to www.kaderly.org. Payments can be mailed to: The Kaderly Foundation, 120 Odelle Drive, Akron, OH 44319.

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