"I’ve thought for years that we need a golf scramble. We are The 19th Hole. It made sense. But I wanted it to be more than that," said Angie Szalay, owner of The 19th Hole in Wheeling.
Enter Dane Malatinski, owner of Advanced Entertainment. Dane and Angie began talking and the Open Classic Golf Scramble and Steak Fry was born. But they wanted the event to be more than a great golfing experience and exciting night of food and fun.
"We know how many wonderful agencies exist in the Ohio Valley that help people every day. We wanted to honor that and support that. It was difficult choosing one, so we decided the event each year will benefit a different local non-profit," said Malatinski.
Szalay starting asking around about nonprofits in the area, but she wanted a specific type of organization.
"I wanted to help an agency that did wonderful work, but I also wanted to help an agency that needed more exposure…that needed to shout from the rooftops about the lives they were changing. I wanted someplace that deserved extra attention. That’s when I found out about Crittenton’s anniversary year," Szalay explained.
The Crittenton agency began in Wheeling as the Florence Crittenton Home 120 years ago. Charles Crittenton was an active social reformer of the late 19th Century, organizing more than 100 Crittenton homes to help women in need.
"The work of Crittenton has changed dramatically since our agency was founded in 1895. We are now a behavioral health agency serving more than 1300 clients each year with community based care in 18 counties of West Virginia and are still the only agency licensed to meet the maternity needs of girls and young women in the state. But many only remember us as the home for wayward girls. I want the community to know how we are helping their neighbors every day," says Stacy Rich, Crittenton Marketing Director.
After talking about it, Angie and Dane agreed this was a perfect fit for the inaugural year for the event.
"It was a no-brainer. We are thrilled to help out an organization that has helped so many children and families for 120 years and counting. That’s amazing," said Malatinski.
The Advanced Entertainment and 19th Hole’s Inaugural Open Classic Golf Scramble and Steak Fry is Friday, October 16 at Oglebay’s Crispin Golf Course beginning at 11:00 a.m. Teams are still available. The register your team, call the 19th Hole at 304-232-9464. The steak fry begins at 5:30 that evening at the Haller Shelter at Oglebay and offers entertainment from DJ Daner and Bon Journey. Tickets can be purchased separately for $35 each or $60 per couple. Steak fry tickets can be purchased at the 19th Hole, Advanced Entertainment and Crittenton Services, Inc.
All proceeds from this event benefit Crittenton Services, Inc.
Crittenton offers comprehensive behavioral health treatment for children and families, including community-based outpatient counseling through Wellspring Family Services in 18 counties in Northern West Virginia and a residential treatment facility for adolescent females serving all of West Virginia in its Elm Grove facility. The agency also operates child care programs in Ohio County and an Intensive Outpatient Program for at-risk adolescent girls in Ohio County.
For information about Crittenton Services and its programs, go to www.florencecrittenton.net.
Advanced Entertainment has been the go to company for the Ohio Valley’s premier events and has been hosting two bridal shows for over 5 years. They offer wedding services such as: DJ, Photography, Video, Limo, Party Bus, Up-Lighting, Décor, and Wedding Officiate. Theoffice and studio are located in Martins Ferry, OH. For more information about Advanced Entertainment, contact DJ Daner at 304-280-1851.
The 19th Hole was established in 1998 by the original ownership of the late great Allen Kage, succeeded by Angie Szalay in 2012. The 19th Hole features live music every week in a comfortable sports bar atmosphere and has been a local favorite for the best wings and oven baked hoagies in the Ohio Valley. They are located on 780 National Road Wheeling. For more information, call 304-232-9464.