PSU Altoona alumni host golf event

Courtesy photo A total of 120 golfers participated in the third annual Community for Kids Golf Tournament, including former Penn State and NFL football player Lydell Mitchell. Among the golfers were (from left): Dr. Edmundo Grab, Dr. George Zlupko, Mitchell, the Penn State Nittany Lion, Brandon Zlupko and Dr. Michael Zlupko.

Community for Kids Tournament raises more than $20,000

Penn State Altoona’s Alumni Society hosted the third annual Community for Kids (CFK) Golf Tourna-ment on July 21 at Sinking Valley Country Club in Altoona.

More than $20,000 was raised to benefit the Blair County Children’s Advo-cacy Center, the Alumni Society Scholarship Program and Penn State Altoona Intercollegiate Athletics.

The presenting sponsor for the tournament was J.C. Orr & Son Inc.

A total of 120 golfers took part in the tournament, including former Penn State and NFL football player Lydell Mitchell.

More than 85 sponsors, golfers and alumni attended the Tee It Up Reception the night before the tournament at the Blairmont Club in Hollidaysburg.

Special guests included Penn State Altoona Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Penn State women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington and former Penn State and NFL football players Mitchell and Justin Kurpeikis.

Tournament Chair Tom Koehle said, “The Community for Kids Golf Tournament has truly emerged as a must-attend golf event for our area and alumni. Through the leadership of J.C. Orr & Son Inc. and the presence of Nittany Lion legends, we offer a glimpse of what ‘We Are Penn State’ truly means.”

The CFK Golf Tourna-ment was established by the Alumni Society in partnership with the Blair County Multidisciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT), a group of professionals who promote the effective and efficient investigation of child abuse cases, utilizing evidence-based practices in an effort to reduce trauma to child victims.

In addition to the Alumni Society Scholarship Pro-gram and Intercollegiate Athletics, funds raised from the previous tournaments supported the creation of the Blair County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

The Blair County CAC will be a vital resource for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation, where children can be interviewed in a comfortable environment while investigators watch the interview from another room.

“The CFK Golf Commit-tee is proud to support the establishment of the Blair County Children’s Advo-cacy Center, as well as providing a transformative experiences for Penn State Altoona students in need and impacting the health and wellness of NCAA Division III student-athletes,” Koehle said.

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