(left to right) Karen Kechel, Debbie Brown, Josh Hettinger, Alice Hoctor, Patty Buschmiller
In an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer – and have fun in the process – the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) Cincinnati chapter is hosting the Greater Cincinnati “Rally for the Cure” Ladies Golf Extravaganza on Saturday, September 13. The event will benefit Susan G. Komen of Greater Cincinnati to help educate women about breast cancer and to remind them to get their annual screening.
Alice Hoctor, Events and Activities Director at EWGA Cincinnati, says their group has been hosting the popular Rally for the Cure event for more than five years as part of an international organization partnering with Susan G. Komen.
Rally for the Cure became EWGA Cincinnati’s premier annual event to increase awareness and raise funds. “With so many women touched by breast cancer, including many of our members and friends, we wanted to utilize our efforts to be a champion for breast cancer awareness,” explains Hoctor.
This year’s event will be hosted on Sept. 13 at the Blue Ash Golf Course. Previous event have attracted more than 100 participants and raises more than $10,000 annually. In 2013, the event raised $11,000 and the team hopes to exceed that amount this year as they welcome new golfers to join and help them reach that goal. “It’s a fun event supporting a great organization,” Hoctor adds.
The team at EWGA is proud to support those who have been affected by the disease. “It’s a team effort and we’re glad to engage the EWGA women golfers to support those affected by breast cancer and increase awareness for early detection,” Hoctor says.
At the event each year, EWGA Cincinnati honors the participants who are breast cancer survivors and presents them with a small gift. “It’s very rewarding to see this group of strong women knowing what they have gone through battling this disease,” she says. “At the end of the evening we also hold a ceremony where we light and release Chinese lanterns to celebrate the survivors and honor those we have lost.”
In the years since the event was first hosted by EWGA Cincinnati, the group has raised more than $30,000. “It’s great to see so much excitement from our members as we continue to improve the event and bring in new activities to increase our fundraising,” Hoctor says. “We’ve grown from about 50 event participants prior to 2010, to now filling out the field of 124 women golfers. It’s really exciting!”
In addition to the golf outing, the event features several other activities. “From the Caddie Auction where local golf pros are auctioned off to play with a team to the unique putting contest, duck hunt, hole-in-one contest and the many opportunities to win fabulous prizes to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer awareness, there’s something for everyone,” adds Hoctor.