Golf outing major fundraiser for Think Detroit/PAL
Paul W. Smith Golf Tourney raises major funds for Detroit youth organization
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — There are many fundraisers the Think Detroit/Police Athletic league puts on every year to raise funds to pay for their sports programs, but there is one fundraiser that stands out above the rest. That fundraiser is the Paul W. Smith Golf Outing, which is held annually at the Detroit Golf Club on Seven Mile near Palmer Park. This year — the fundraiser’s ninth — the event is being held Aug. 13.
“This event brings in 25 percent of our fundraising every year,” said Renee E. Peck, chief advancement officer of Think Detroit/PAL. “We’re very grateful for Paul W. Smith and WJR Radio.”
Paul W. Smith is a local radio personality at WJR Radio who helps put on the event. He took over when former WJR on-air personality J.P. McCarthy died in 1995. McCarthy started the golf outing, as well as the famous Bob-Lo Boat race with former newscaster Bill Bonds. The boat race was also a fundraiser for PAL. Smith took over and has helped raise over $3.5 million for Think Detroit/PAL since 2004.
“The outing helps promote our organization on a daily basis,” Peck said. “Lots of company executives will be competing in the tournament like they do every year.”
People competing this year will be Mayor Dave Bing, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, Jr. and Ford Motor Company President Alan Mulally.
The companies that are involved in the golf outing are also the major sponsors. They are the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler Group LLC, Compuware, Toyota Motor Corporation, PNC Bank, the Ambassador Bridge Co. and Tom and Vicki Celoni.
For the kids, TDP also sponsors a youth golf clinic during the golf outing with the help from coaches and players from the Wayne State University Varsity Golf Team.
“The WSU coaches give instruction to the youth at the outing,” Peck said. “They give them very important points to improve their game.”
For more information about the Paul W. Smith Golf Outing, contact Renee Peck at Think Detroit/PAL at 313.833.1600.