speaker for the evening was Renee Powell, owner and head golf professional at
Clearview Golf Course in East Canton. She spoke about her family’s history in
golf and the struggles they faced as blacks in a predominately white sport. They
had many barriers along the way but never gave up. Her father founded and built
Clearview Golf Course and Renee was only the second black female golfer in the
LPGA. She now speaks all over the world and has an honorary membership in the
Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. What an inspiring story,
thank you Renee for sharing it with us.
during the evening, the Women’s Division presented their annual Athena Award.
This year’s recipient was Pat Gates. The Athena Award is a national award
presented to an outstanding business or professional woman who has attained and
embodies the highest level of professional excellence in her business or
profession, has devoted time and energy to improve the quality of life for
others in the community and actively assists women in realizing their
leadership potential. Pat certainly has far exceeded all these criteria. Pat
was a math teacher at Marlington High School and was the first female athletic
director in a public school in Ohio. She is very involved in the Alliance
community with the University of Mount Union Alumni Council, Alliance Kiwanis
Club, Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity, Union Avenue United Methodist Church,
Alliance Community Pantry and many others. Congratulations Pat on a well-deserved
past Athena Award and Woman of the Year recipients presented their fifth annual
scholarship. The Athena/Woman of the Year Scholarship is presented to a
deserving female high school senior who has demonstrated community involvement,
academic achievement and leadership. This year’s recipient of the $1000 scholarship
was Fatima Meza, a senior at Alliance High
School. Congratulations Fatima!!
evening could not have happened without the financial support of our sponsors: the
Platinum Sponsors were Alliance Ventures, Carnation Security, Consumers
National Bank, Copeland Oaks, Huntington National Bank and Nationwide
Insurance- the Burgess Group. Gold Sponsor was AA Hammersmith Insurance. Silver
Sponsors were Clifton Larson Allen LLP and the Eastern Stark County Safety
Council. Your generous support is greatly appreciated, THANK YOU!!
Renee Powell is one of the most resilient
and persevering athletes of our time. Raised on the East Canton, Ohio golf
course built by her father, William “Bill” Powell, during times of racial
adversity and segregation, Renee learned early on what it meant to excel
against the odds. By the age of three she was swinging a golf club for the
first time, and early into her teenage years she had won more than 30
tournaments. In 1967, she became the second African-American woman to compete
on the LPGA Tour. As a tour player she competed in more than 250 professional
tournaments and won the 1973 Kelly Springfield Open in Brisbane,
Following her time on the LPGA tour, Powell
dedicated her life to diversifying the game of golf. She became an
International Goodwill Ambassador traveling to Africa on more than 25 trips to
host golf clinics. She has also committed her life to expanding golf to more
youth, women, seniors, minorities, and military veterans. In 2011, she
H.O.P.E (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) a
cost-free, year-round therapeutic and recreational golf programs specifically
for women veterans. As a sought-after public speaker, Renee has informed,
inspired, and enlightened countless audiences locally, nationally, and
Renee has earned countless awards during
her more than five decades in the game of golf. In 2015, she became one
of two American women initially given honorary membership into the Royal and
Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. Some of her other notable awards
include; being named PGA of America First Lady of Golf, the LPGA Rolex For the
Love of the Game Award, the PGA Tour Card Walker Award, the USGA Ike Grainger
Award, and the LPGA Pioneer Award. In 2008, Renee became the third American,
and the only women golfer, to ever receive an honorary doctorate from The
University of St. Andrews, Scotland in its now 600 year history. In 2010, The
University of Maryland Eastern Shore awarded Renee with an Honorary Doctorate of
Renee has also made strides in other areas
of the golf industry including fashion and broadcasting. While living in
London, England, she was one of the first women golfers to design her own
clothing line. She has also commentated numerous golf tournaments on both CBS
Today, Renee is the LPGA/PGA Head Golf
Professional at Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio where she’s keeping
her father’s legacy of “Golf for Everyone” alive. Renee’s work extends
throughout her community as a member of several boards including the Northern
Ohio PGA, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mercy Medical Center, and Pathway
Caring for Children, as well as a member of Rotary International.
Renee offers a variety of speaking options
including keynotes, luncheons, college orientations, commencements, golf
clinics & workshops, and more.
Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual Christmas Party!
St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church
1621 S. Sawburg Ave.
Alliance, Ohio 44601
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
$10.00 per person
- Heavy Hors’doeuvres
- Assorted Holiday Desserts
- Beer and Wine
*Sponsored by M3 Mosaic Missional Movement
The weather for the 2018 Jim Fish Memorial Golf Scramble was challenging at best! The original date was rained out, that’s an understatement, we had 4’’’ of rain. The make-up date started out ok but ended with rain, but everyone still had a great time. The winning team was BJ Robb, Mike Sherban, Joe Bugara and Mike Bugara from Stifel with a score of 57. The team of Tom diDonato, Tony DiDonato, Scott Robb and Steve Paidas from J&B Fleet came in second place with a score of 62. Golfers raised $230 from the 50/50 raffle and the proximity hole for the American Cancer Society to be donated in Jim Fish’s name.
Contest winners included Mark Johnson- closest to the pin on #8; Doug Schwarz- closest to the pin on #15; Mike Bugara-longest putt on #18 and Frank Sacha- longest drive on #17.
Sue Snode and her staff at Tannenhauf Golf Club did another outstanding job of hosting us again this year. Thank you Sue, all your assistance is greatly appreciated.
The Chamber would also like to thank all the following people for making this year’s scramble another huge success:
- Nationwide Insurance/ Dustin Burgess Group- Platinum sponsor
- Alliance Ventures- Platinum Sponsor
- Consumers National Bank- Platinum Sponsor
- Lavery Auto Family for sponsoring the hole-in-one contest.
- Mary Keister-Whitmyer and Patti Wallick from ServPro for supervising the accuracy contest.
- All the hole sponsors. See the list in this newsletter.
- All the companies that donated door prizes. See the list in this newsletter.
- Christina, Betty and Haven from the Chamber office for all there work to make the day a huge success.
Thanks to all the golfers for helping make this year’s tournament truly special. We look forward to seeing you next year.
This fall, the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and University of Mount Union will join two individually successful events – the Carnation City Food Truck Rally and the 54th Annual ArtFest – on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
The Carnation City Food Truck Rally will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. along Simpson Street west of Union Avenue. To date, a number of vendors have verbally committed to attend, including Twisted Krave, The Raging Avacado, Premiere Crepes, Ye Olde Sweet and Treats, Twist of Leona, Cheezylicious, Fat Freddie’s BBQ, The Beach Bum Truck and The Funky Trukeria.
The 54th Annual ArtFest, located at the Mount Union Campus Lakes, will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will feature original works by area artists in various media including watercolor, oil, collage, graphics, drawings, photography, jewelry, pen and ink, sculpture, glass mosaics, printmaking and mixed media works. In addition, functional craft vendors will be on hand featuring jewelry, fiber, woodworking, glass, enameling, lights, mirrors, purses/bags, candles and soaps.
Live demos, musical entertainment and a children’s activity will take place during the day.