Submitted by MIKE & TAMARA KULP
Mulligans, Memories and Mediums was a fundraiser held in honor of Michael E. Kulp. The fundraiser was held on October 17th at Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton. The event raised over $15,000.00. Monies went into the Michael E. Kulp Memorial Fund, Inc. This fund has been created to support children. Proceeds from this event will be benefit Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital (Child Life Department) and scholarships to private schools (Charter, Christian, Catholic, etc.) for children who would benefit from a small school environment. This includes, but is not limited to, the Michael E. Kulp Scholarship Fund at Saint John Neumann Regional School (SJNRS) in Palmerton. Any family that feels their child would do better in a small school environment, but perhaps can’t afford it, should send their written request to Michael E. Kulp Memorial Fund, Inc. PO Box 342, Walnutport, PA 18088.
The Kulps chose Children’s Hospital because Michael spent time at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and it was there that the Kulp Family was introduced to the Child Life Department which has the specific job of providing comfort and compassion to children during their hospital procedure or stay. Lehigh Valley Hospital (where Michael spent a week in intensive care at the age of 5) was accredited as a Children’s Hospital three years ago. They also have a Child Life Department (which runs solely on donations). Ironically one of the first employees of this department was Lisa Kelly–Makhoul who was also Michael’s first baby sitter. Lisa was present at the kick off of the golf event speaking of what the department does and thanking the players for their support.
The Kulps chose the scholarships because Michael was a young boy who hated school. Michael enrolled at Saint John Neumann Regional School (SJNRS) 7th grade September of 2012. “Regarding school, Michael was the happiest we had ever seen him in the last two months of his life thanks to the small school environment and family like atmosphere at SJNRS”. Sister Stephanie, the school’s Principal, was also present at the kick off of the event to thank the golfer’s for their support. She also gave a special thank you to those who previously supported the “Fore the Students Golf Tournaments” held by SJNRS in memory of Michael for two consecutive years. The Michael E. Kulp Scholarship Fund at SJNRS has assisted several families.
The fundraiser kicked off in the afternoon with 138 golfers including 110 men, 20 women and 8 children. The golf was great but weather was a windy 50 degrees and cloudy. The golfers were shivering!! The dinner and social evening had 240 guests in attendance for announcement of the golf awards, a video presentation in honor of Michael, door prizes, over 50 baskets for a Chinese Auction, a Silent Auction, announcement of the Tabasco Recipe Contest winners, five Evidential Mediums providing readings in a separate room, and music by SteelCreek Band.
The tournament awards were as follows:
First, second and “third” place teams received greens fees and carts to Blue Shamrock Golf Club.
First Place team (by match of cards): score of 61 - Bill Posavek, Jeff Strauss, Tom Lessel, and Pat Ashcroft
Second Place team: score of 61 - Andrew Chandler, Chris Nagy, Bert Diodoardo, and Jim Beenders
Third Place (random mystery team): Brian Bealer, Jason Eberts, Mike Buskirk, and Rusty Tucker
Pot O’ Gold Contest winners: none
Putting Contest winners: Bill Posavek, Donald Wassum, Dana Hooven, and Steve Martinez
The following received a greens fee and a $20.00 gift card to Blue Shamrock Golf Club.
Closest to the Pin Hole # 8: 3’ Roberto Diodoardo
Closest to the Pin Hole # 15: 2’6” Otto Schatz
Men’s Longest Drive: Nick Farkas
Women’s Longest Drive: Sarah Henry
Air Soft Challenge at Hole #7: Players had a chance to shoot at an air soft target. Winners’ names were entered into a drawing for air soft equipment and the “dad” who won was very excited to take the equipment home to his son.
There were ten entries in the Michael’s Tabasco Recipe Contest. Each entry was kept anonymous. The judges were Mike Kulp, Christine Ingram, Executive Chef and Tony Cruz, Banquet Manager, at Blue Shamrock Golf Club. The first place winner was a cheesy potato soup by Nicholas Herman (winning a $20 Gift Certificate to The Pennsville Hotel and a Pack of Tabasco Sauces valued at $35.00). Nicholas was one of Michael Kulp’s best friends. The second place winner was a flatbread pizza by Robert “Tubbs” Boreman (winning a $30.00 gift card to Chili’s). The third place winner was a pulled pork sandwich by Clay Cooper (winning a $15.00 gift card to Chili’s). Entries ranged from apple pie and chocolate cupcakes to chili and smoked salmon. The judges truly enjoyed taste testing the wide range of recipes. Thank you to all who entered to make this contest possible.
Five local Evidential Mediums donated their time to this event to provide Evidential Mediumship readings. Many people want to go see a medium but may be afraid or may not know where to go…and many people are just curious if it’s real or what it’s about. It’s not something that is talked about in our society and there is a fear associated with it. Most don’t even think about it until they lose someone they love. Fact is we will all lose someone we love one day. The Kulps goal was to provide an opportunity for an inexpensive reading in a safe environment for those interested. The Evidential Mediums who donated their time were Maryann Collins, Stan Kestrel, Terri Ozz, Diane Whitmore and Kerri O’Neill. Over thirty readings were provided during the course of the evening. While some did not hear from the loved one they hoped for, others received extremely validating messages of their loved one’s continuing to walk beside them. The curious ones shared that they “now believe” and others felt their message was very healing to them.
And last but not least The Kulp Family extends sincere gratitude to the volunteers who donated many hours of the their time to make this event possible: Bill & Chris Hankee, Jeff & Gail Christman, Tim & Priscilla McGinley, Fran Lenahan, Dave & Colleen Worman, Umberto Pasquariello, Logan Ninos, Nikita Remaley, Stacey & Claire Gogel, Tammy & Marissa (Herman) Miller, Teressa & Eva Schisler, Michele Paules, Lisa Keller, and Kathy Kulp. Thank you to Tim Nagle, General Manager and Ray Silnik, PGA Head Golf Pro of Blue Shamrock Golf Club for allowing us to host our event at your facility. Next year’s event will be held September 24th, 2016 at Blue Shamrock Golf Club. Plans are in the making for additional contests on the course (a hole in one for a car, straightest drive, and additional awards for our child / young adult participants). Mark your calendars; space is limited!
The Kulp Family would like to thank the following sponsorships which made this event a huge success!
Event Sponsor: Dun Rite Electric Service, Inc.
Co-Event Sponsor: Executive Auto Gallery
Co-Event Sponsor: Palmerton Lumber Company
Golf Cart Sponsor: Jay H. Gilbert & Family
Beverage Cart Sponsor: Szoke Iron, Inc.
Longest Drive Sponsor: All State Insurance Company
Closest to the Pin Sponsor: Posavek Construction
Closest to the Pin Sponsor: HMK Insurance
Putting Contest Sponsor: S&D Renovations
Pot O’Gold Sponsor: Szoke Iron, Inc.
Pot O’Gold Sponsor: Posavek Construction
Pot O’Gold Sponsor: Dr. Marybeth Marcincin, D.M.D., M.S.
Dinner Sponsor: Niche Pharmaceuticals/MagTabSR
Dinner Sponsor: Burger King
Mediumship Sponsor: Burger King
Music Sponsor: Home Run Hardwood Floors, LLC
Sign Sponsor: Identity Group
Players Gifts Sponsor: R&S Hardwood Flooring Co. Inc.
Printing Sponsor: R&S Hardwood Flooring Co, Inc.
Dr. Jeffrey McAuliffe, DDS
Shea’s (Hardware, Paints, Sporting Goods)
First Niagra Bank
Dr. Mike Martinez, Carbon Surgical Associates, P.C.
Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown & Savchak, P.C. (RLB Accountants)
Blue Mountain Drive In and Family Restaurant
Boyer Financial Group
Becky’s Drive In; Blue Mountain Evergreen, Inc.;
Herrit’s Pest Control; Barry Bartakovits Custom Pools;
J&P Maintenance & Repair; Createscape Landscape Services, LLC; Brader’s Woodcraft, Inc.; Henry’s Service Station; Smiley’s Lawn Care & Landscaping, Inc.;
Beck Packaging Corporation; Blue Valley Builders, Inc.; The Law Offices of Shulman & Shabbick; Blue Valley Excavating, Inc.; Sherwin-Williams Paint Company; A.F. Boyer Hardware and Guns; Slatington Fabricators; Tina Galion, AFLAC Consultant; Pasquariello’s Property Mgmt, LLC.; ESSA Bank & Trust; Insurance Agency Alliance
Signs in Loving Memory of/ In Honor of:
Krysta Hankee; Kyle James Strohl; Maryann Spadt;
Carol & Kermit “Bub” Christman; Sammy; Art & Mary Emmick; Terry Emmick; Pop Pop Bagel; Erik Kent; Barbara Kent; Richard C. Kulp Sr.; Eugene M. Turko Sr.; Eugene M. Turko Jr.; Tracy Szoke
Family and Friends Donations:
Linda Lindenmoyer; Christy & Vicky Haydt; Bernie & Jeanetta Epser; Sandy & Brian Lower; Rudy & Sue Milisits; Bill & Marie Lower; George & Marlene Wright; Cathy & Steve Mitchell; Jeff Frantz; Robert Kunda; Kevin & Jen Schwartz; Mike Saylor; David Szerencsits; LG Management Team, LLC; FRA-ISA, LLC; Tom & Adelle Meyers; Anonymous Man in line @ Dollar General; Dennis & Robin Laub; Larry, Cindy & Kelly Davis; Bill & Linda Zellner; JD Supply; Mrs. Mary Comensky; St. John Neumman Regional School; Rosemary McDonald
Basket and Door Prize Donations:
Blue Ridge Vet Clinic, Walnutport
A.F. Boyer Hardware, Slatington
Blue Mt. Drive In & Restaurant, Danielsville
Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Palmerton
Blue Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Walnutport
Blue Shamrock Golf Club, Palmerton
Cherryville Pizza & Pub, Cherryville
Tina & Rod Christman Family
Cigars International, Bethlehem
Covered Bridge Inn, Palmerton
Curious Goods at the Bake Oven, Germansville
Larry & Cindy Davis Family
Vince & Judy Dieter Family
Lorrie Dilts (Medium)
Diane & Chris Fenstermaker Family
Foster Jewelers, Northampton
Toni & Wally Grube Family
Rebecca Gruber Family, Medium
Guignets, Laurys Station
Health Habits, Schnecksville
Heimer’s Brewhouse, Walnutport
Hideaway Hills Golf Course, Kresgeville
Pat & Amy Hillenbrand Family
Ice Cream Lab, Walnutport
Iron Pigs, Allentown
Joey B’s, Palmerton
Steve & Sherri Kerbacher Family
Kathy & Richard Kulp, Jr. Family
Kelly & Richard Kulp, III Family
Fran & Jim Lenahan Family
Frank Marano Family
Tammy & Chris Miller Family
Lauri Moore Family (Medium)
MaryJo Pletz Family
R&D Power Sports, Palmerton
First Niagra Bank, Walnutport
Andy Schatz (All State Insurance)
Teressa & Harold Schisler Family
Ed & Tammy Seidick Family
Southmore Golf Course, Bath
Dan & Donna Spatz Family
Kim & Randy Szoke Family
Lorrie Dilts, Medium (Spiritual Messages, LLC)
St. John Neumann Regional School
St. John Neumann Regional School HSA
Stock Car Racing Experience, Poconos
The Golden Hearts Crochet Group
The Hi Way Restaurant
The Pennsville Tavern, Pennsville
Valley Pizza, Walnutport
Aunt Dottie Weber Family
Gloria Weichand (Medium)
Whitetail Golf Club, Bath
Matt & Sheila Winas Family
Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville
Dave & Colleen Worman Family