It was Diamante Country Club women’s golf association’s first Pink Pal Day golf tournament to raise research funds for University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Research Institute. And what a plethora of pink packed the pleasant pastime. Not only did all participants come in pink apparel, but Diamante staff matched it as well. A first on the track were pink flags at every green that were placed in holes that had interior margins painted pink. There was so much pink on the ground, the blue sky seemed to chime in at times.
Energy was passed on from player to player as more than 100 ladies were sent out for a casual scramble.
Players were registered from all around Hot Springs, Little Rock and Hot Springs Village as well as many Diamante members who participated.
“We are so happy to have raised $13,444 for our first event,” said Faith Heinrichs.
Lunch was a scrumptious salad and, of course, a cold pink fruity and frothy dessert. Donors who did not play also attended the luncheon.
Awards were given to closest to the hole and pin along with top flight team winners in six flights.
Numerous silent auction items were offered including original paintings, dream dining events, one-of-a-kind jewelry and a myriad of themed baskets. Riley Art Glass donated a specially created piece for the live auction.
Heinrichs created a video which was composed of Diamante cancer survivors. Those honored were Ginny Misch, Jeanine Jacobsen, Jan Peterson, Nadine Stuckey, Margaret Johnson, Nancy Webb, Linda Singleterry, Ruth Kosoglow, Dena Teaster, Alice Tinsman and Barbara Clark. Each gave a moving testimony on the support they have been given by family and friends.
Laura Hutchins, interim director of Winthrop P. Rockefeller Institute, was on hand to give the most updated cancer treatment and research, focusing mostly on breast cancer.
“This is our first Pink Pal Day and we will bring it back again to fund cancer research,” said Heinrichs. “Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, donated prizes, bid on silent auction, live auction and made additional financial support.”
DWGA Pink Pal Day committee members were as follows: Faith Heinrichs (chair), Tonya Economon (registration and finance), Donna Lund (silent auction), Sandy Carlson and Donna Lund (Luncheon and table decoration), Jeanne Ballard (closest to the pin donation-her hand crafted jewelry), Nancy Webb (speaker coordinator), Jackie Paul (registration) and Pam Van Leeuwen (prizes).