His wife, Barb Utter, serves as the current executive director of ARM.
“This event is very important to my family since it is in memory of their father and is always held close to Father’s Day,” she said. “My sons play in the event as well as two grandsons, my brother and many family friends each year. My daughters-in-law and granddaughters volunteer, as do other gals who are members of ARM. It is really a very special day for lots and lots of reasons. It is a fun event with a scramble format that allows golfers of all skill levels to participate. While everyone is competitive and likes to win, they know it is a relaxed day on the course. They can create their own foursomes or choose to be paired randomly. In spite of the record hot weather, everyone seemed to have a great time.”
The event attracted a large number of attendees and sponsors who support the golf outing, which is used to fundraise for ARM’s scholarship program. The program provides financial assistance to dependents of ARM members’ employees for college and secondary education.
“We have awarded over 150 scholarships totaling approximately $135,000 over the past 18 years, and we have seven applicants for this coming 2018--2019 school year,” Utter shared.
“First and foremost, our members and friends believe in the purpose of this event ... to help our employees’ children realize their dreams. Knowing we are able in some small way to help these remarkable students continue their education gives us all great joy, and at the same time, we are able to join our fellow members and friends for a day of fun and networking. Our scholarship program is truly a great membership benefit. ARM members truly are very caring and generous. In fact, most of the winners donate their winnings back to the scholarship fund. That’s very special. Even those who don’t play in the event are generous sponsors.
“It was everything I hoped for and more. Our chairs, Dave Creedon and Mike Sinta, do a fantastic job for us year after year, so we all know exactly what to expect, and my team of gals who volunteer each year to help me run the non-golf activities are amazing as well. We all have such a good time and look forward to each year as though it is a national holiday since we never want to miss participating. We already have the date for next year’s event ... June 17, 2019. We encourage anyone who would like to join us to please do so. It’s guaranteed to be a great time!”
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