Mulligans, Memories, & Mediums In Honor Of Michael E. Kulp Raises Over $15,000

Submitted by MIKE & TAMARA KULP

KulpMulligans, 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.

Corporate Sponsors:

Livengood Excavators

Schisler Family

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

Business Signs:

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

Peggy Kulp

Kathy & Richard Kulp, Jr. Family

Kelly & Richard Kulp, III Family

Fran & Jim Lenahan Family

Frank Marano Family

McDonalds (Walnutport)

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

Shea’s, Palmerton

Donna Balliet

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

Tabasco Company

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

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