Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Some Good News

Charity gets grant for kids' golf


The Tony Yates Caring For Kids Foundation is among 91 organizations across the country that received grants from the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) to help 4,055 disadvantaged youths and adults with disabilities to learn the game of golf.

USGA gave grants amounting to $207, 000 to support seven golf programs in Ohio, part of a $2.4 million nationwide contribution from USGA.

The Yates foundation received a $23,500 grant. Yates said the money will be used for instruction, transportation and equipment for the Tony Yates Junior Golf Academy, a summer program for 250 youths.

This year's programs started May 3 and will run through July 24.

"The grant will go a long way in helping us to reach kids who ordinarily would not get the chance to be here," Yates said. "Since we started, the academy has grown. We have professional instructors, provided by Casper Golf Management, 20 staff volunteers and 40 parents."

Other golf programs in Ohio receiving grants were: City of Dayton Division of Golf, $90,000; North Ohio Golf Association Foundation, North Olmstead, $50,000; The Morton Foundation, Columbus, $25,000; Clubs for Kids International Inc., Boardman, $10,000; Cleveland Sight Center, $5,000 and Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland, $3,500.

"These impressive Ohio programs do far more than just teach the game of golf. They allow many, including those who may otherwise lack access to the game, the opportunity to learn values that will help them succeed on the course and in life," said USGA President Reed MacKenzie.

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Lois Rosenthal and her husband, Richard, who have funded arts programs in the city, will be given the 2002 Distinguished Citizen for Art Education Award at 11 a.m. June 11 at the Eden Park Building, 951 Eden Park Drive.

The award is given by the Ohio Arts Education Association.

Judith Haynes, art education instructor in the Master's of Art Education program at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, will present the award.

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After reading my May 25 column about three sons born to Todd and Lee Anne Zuiderhoek of Middletown on May 20, 1998, 2000 and 2003, Steven J. Braun, wanted to tell a similar story.

He was born Oct. 12, 1958, a year after his parents, Jerry and Joyce Braun, were married Oct. 12.

His younger brother, Jeff, married Tina on Oct. 12, 1991. Steven's middle brother, Thomas, was born Dec. 3, 1962, a year before Jeff was born on Dec. 3.

Steven's son Scott was born Aug. 11, 1981, the same date as his uncle, David Braun, in 1961 and the same date his great-grandfather, William Whitley, was born in 1914.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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