Oakwood golf outing offers ‘Two Times the Fun’

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Photo courtesy of Pat Andrews
The committee for the 22nd annual Oakwood Hospital Healthcare Classic consists of: Monica Mulligan (front row left), Cailin Campbell, Beth Dixon, Kim Pfeffer, Dolores Pfeffer, Pat Andrews, Stacee Laske, Lisa Glines, Vonda Cini, Becky Kaplar, Mary Compeau, Kathleen Sajewicz, Marianne Malone, Edith Hughes (back row left), Dr. Vicki Athens, Janet Schwyn, Tammy McKelvey, Collene Pellegrino, Karen Mazo and Karen Colina Wilson Smithbaurer.

Riverview native Bob Guiney plans to be fashionably pink on June 9. That is the day he will join 144 women golfers at Grosse Ile Golf for the 22nd annual Oakwood Women’s Healthcare Classic.

At the same time, men and women golfers will tee off in the Friends of the Women’s Healthcare Classic at the Dearborn Country Club.

Event chairwomen Dolores Pfeffer of Grosse Ile Township and Nancy Zakar of Dearborn hope to raise more than $400,000 with Guiney’s help, adding to the $5.4 million donated since the outing began in 1992.

A major fundraising event for Oakwood, monies are used directly for treatment, free mammograms, screenings, counseling and followup care and support for underinsured and uninsured women battling breast cancer.

Golfers may register by contacting Marti Drabing at 313-586-4924 or martha.drabing@oakwood.org.

Guiney’s appearance last year was hampered by rain and he promised to return, schedule permitting, to spend the day encouraging golfers and to emcee the dinner program.

The program will also feature Zakar, a breast cancer survivor of 16 years who recently was diagnosed with brain cancer. Following successful surgery and recovery, she wishes to offer her personal message to the gathering and speak of the many medical advancements available in the Oakwood system.

Her husband, Bob Zakar, will speak during lunch at DCC, offering his experiences as the spouse of a cancer patient.

Since his first appearance on the ABC TV show “The Bachelor,” Guiney’s world has become a regular on television screens. He is a panelist for the “Today” show, appears weekly on “Bethenny,” and recently hosted HGTV’s “Showdown Showcase.” He joins the panel of “The View” often and had several appearance on “Oprah.”

Fat Amy, his longtime band, is busy producing its fourth album. He also tours as the lead singer of Band From TV, a group featuring Hugh Laurie, James Spencer, James Denton, Eddie Matos and Scott Grimes, all actors in current television productions.

Guiney currently lives and works in Los Angeles, but makes Downriver a stop to visit family whenever he can. He recently was inducted into the Riverview High School Hall of Fame.

Event sponsors include Drs. Harris, Birkhill Wang, Songe and Associates, a private practice radiology group based in Dearborn, and Karen Colina Wilson Smithbauer of Grosse Ile, a breast cancer survivor. She has endowed a unit at Oakwood Southshore Hospital in Trenton for specialized treatment of the disease.

The Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club is at 9339 Bellevue, Grosse Ile; the DCC is at 800 N. Military, Dearborn.

For more information, go to www.oakwood.org/foundation.