Family support in Alana’s memory hits Cripple Creek fairways June 8

DAGSBORO – Fore!

Round II of a fundraising link supporting a foundation that lends a helping hand to families dealing with terminal or serious childhood illness hits the links in early June.

The second Hitting Fairways for Families plays out Thursday, June 8 at Cripple Creek Country Club in Dagsboro.

Cripple Creek Country Club and Off The Hook Restaurant Group are the primary sponsors.

The event is presented by the Alana Rose Foundation, created in memory of Alana Rose Prettyman.

The daughter of Alexalynn Shoultes and Kyle Prettyman of Ocean View, Alana passed away in December 2015 at age 15 months, two days from an extremely rare degenerative genetic disorder.

All proceeds from the June 8 will be used to provide financial relief to families suffering through terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

To date from January 2016, the Alana Rose Foundation has helped 75 families to the tune of more than $25,000. Electric bills top the assistance list.

“I have Delmarva Power’s number saved in my phone,” said Ms. Shoultes. “The foundation even paid for a bed to be reassembled; a child needed a bed at home.”

“When I refer families to the Alana Rose Foundation I always receive a response within at most two business days and support gets mailed to the family or the company within a week,” stated Emily Delaplane, a social worker at Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children where Alana spent several months. “The Alana Rose Foundation has been a great asset to the families that I serve in the cardiac center whether it may be a gas card so a family can afford to come visit their child or a month of rent so the family can keep their home.  The foundation truly understands the importance of having a sick child.”

Golf, a silent auction featuring wonderful prizes, lunch, dinner, awards, gifts and other activities are part of Hitting Fairways for Families, which is for golfers and patrons age 21 and older.

Cost is $125 per golfer; $500 per foursome.

“There is so much that is offered to the golfer this year,” said Ms. Shoultes.

While the golfing segment is limited to 100 golfers, the community is welcome to participate. General admission for non-golfers is $15.

“Anybody can come and hang out, participate in the silent auction and enjoy what we have going on,” said Ms. Shoultes.

The first Hitting Fairways for Families was held at Bay Club.

Alana Rose Prettyman

Cripple Creek CC has a special connection. It was the venue for a huge fundraiser supporting Alana and her family in 2015.

“One of our most successful events was held there, when Alana was sick,” said Ms. Shoultes.

Dinner is by Taste Events of The Off the Hook Restaurant Group.

RAR Brewing will have a beer tent.

The 19th hole party will feature guest bartenders.

Ms. Shoultes is hoping for double delight.

“I would love to make double what we did last year, so probably a little over $15,000 would be ideal,” said Ms. Shoultes. “We have so many more resources this year and so much help. I did it all on my own last year and it wasn’t as big of a success as I was hoping for – I mean I always want more – but I was pretty proud of myself for how it did turn out. This year we’ve got more people. I’m excited. We have guest bartenders. We won’t need any volunteers as we did last year. Everything is a little bit more in place, more organized with less chaos. Everything is kind of falling in line.”

Information on the event is available at www.thealanarosefoundation.org.

Golfing

The $125 entry fee covers green fees, cart, lunch, gift bag, beer and liquor stations and an after party with dinner.

Contests include closest to the pin, longest drive and putting.

And this year, mulligans are available for a fee.

Sponsorships

In addition to Cripple Creek Country Club and Off The Hook Restaurant Group, supporting sponsorship includes RAR Brewing, Dixon Golf, Trinity Foundation, Bayada Pediatrics and the “Coasters” families from Mid-Coast Gymnastics, where Ms. Shoultes is a coach/instructor.

A range of sponsorships are available to suit charitable giving needs.

“We are obviously looking for more sponsorships,” said Ms. Shoultes.

Sponsorship information is available at the Alana Rose Foundation website at: www.thealanarosefoundation.org, by calling (302) 519-5973 or by sending an email to info@thealanarosefoundation.org with business name and contact information.

Auction/Raffle

Silent auction items include: Giant gift card, golfing at Bear Trap Dunes, Fins Ale House & Raw Bar and an autographed of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

Raffle chances will be on sale for the one-week Pot-Nets vacation rental at Baywood Greens that will be drawn in July.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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