August 15, 2019 6:00 pm

Who’s the Biggest Dog in Your Foursome?

That’s a question the Donald L Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg is asking area golfers in its promotional material for the Fourth “Be Part of Something Great” Long Drive Contest.

Scheduled for Thursday evening, August 15th at 6:00 pm. at the 15th Tee of the Bucknell Golf Club, event coordinators hope to bring together the area’s biggest hitters to settle the question of who hits the longest ball for this unique fund raiser to benefit the Heiter Center in Lewisburg.

Last year’s event raised nearly $20,000 for the Lewisburg charity that serves over 4500 people from the four-county area through programs like their summer day camp and after school programs for kids and other social and recreational programs for all age groups.

Allenwood’s Ross Drick was the winner last year, blasting a drive of 310 yards in the finals. He is entered again to defend his title for the longest drive where he won a $500.00 Visa gift card. But the big winner last year was Williamsport’s Justin Cooley, who raised the most money (over $1300.00) and won a week in Myrtle Beach with his family. Organizers of the event are looking for a field of strong challengers. Competition will be in three divisions for both Men and Women; An Open Division (8 finalists), Senior Division (Over 50 years old- 4 Finalists) and Junior Division (17 and under).

To enter, golfers are encouraged to identify fellow golfers who either really hit a long ball or can raise a lot of money. Each contestant must raise a minimum of $250.00 in sponsorship pledges from friends, family, fellow golfers and businesses. They don’t have to come up with the funds themselves but the contestant that raises the most sponsorship dollars to benefit the Heiter Center Annual Fund (The Big Dog) will win a one-week vacation in Myrtle Beach for himself and 7 of his friends or family.

Interested Contestants can register online at https://hcclongdrive.tk where they will receive instructions and assistance in securing sponsorships. Likewise, people can go to the same website and make a pledge in support of their favorite contestant. Sponsors can pledge either a flat dollar amount or pledge so much per yard of the contestant’s longest drive.

“This event is a lot of fun for both contestants and spectators”, commented Jeff Ranck, a co-chair of the event with, Dr. Gale Reish. “It’s not only about who hit’s the longest drive, the big prize goes to the guy that raises the most money in pledges. We hope that golfers and friends really get behind their “Big Dog” and try to win that trip to Myrtle Beach”, he added. “You can be a short hitter and still win the big prize if you raise the most money”.

Ranck said that the finals on August 16th will again be set-up to accommodate spectators, complete with concessions and bleachers. Individual sponsors who pledged $1.00 per yard or more will have preferred seating at the finals The deadline for entries is, August 6th, additional information is available online at www.donaldheiter.org.