DEBARTOLO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION Seven 49ers to attend charity tourney
Several professional sports celebrities will be taking part.
BOARDMAN -- San Francisco 49ers running back Kevan Barlow, quarterback Tim Rattay and safety Ronnie Heard will be among the pro sports celebrities who attend the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation's dinner and golf tournament June 22-23.
Other 49ers who will attend the charity event are defensive tackle Jim Flanigan, linebacker Brandon Moore, wide receiver Cedrick Wilson and running back Jamal Robertson.
Also attending will be Heisman Trophy winner Gino Toretta, NBA coach Mike Fratello, former 49ers center Randy Cross, former NBA player Cedric Tony and Browns radio analyst Doug Dieken as well as former Browns Judson Flint, Jason Caleb and Donte Lavelli.
The event begins with a gala dinner and auction on June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Boardman. Dinner will be served at 7:30 with the auction and the announcement of the celebrity golf pairings to follow at 8:15.
Among the items available to be bid upon is use of a Florida vacation home for five days and four nights at Navarre Beach on the Gulf of Mexico (15 miles from Pensacola Beach).
Other auction items include a Cleveland Browns helmet signed by Jim Brown and an ice hockey/college football package that includes four tickets to a Friday night Columbus Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena and a Saturday Ohio State football game with hotel rooms for both nights.
Also available will be a trip to a 49ers game in San Francisco that includes hotel and airline accomodations.
Tickets for the dinner/auction cost $175 and a few are still available.
The golfing and steak fry on June 23 will be at Tippecanoe Country Club in Canfield Township with tee times at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Afternoon tee times are sold out, but 15 morning spots are available.
Price for a foursome is $800, which includes breakfast, lunch and the steak fry. Individuals may golf for $200. Tickets for the celebrity steak fry cost $75.
Program advertising also is available. For ticket purchasing information and advertising rates, call (330) 965-2000.
Proceeds from the benefit go to The Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Denise DeBartolo York of Canfield, the owner of the 49ers, recently awarded six scholarships totaling $30,000 in memory of her father.
This year's scholarship recipients are: Erica Brooke Antonucci of Cardinal Mooney High; Matthew John Kuebler of Western Reserve; Robert Markwell of Niles McKinley; Jennifer Lynne of McPheron of Brookfield; Ashley Ann Senich of Hubbard; and William J. Smith of United Local.
Recipients are awarded scholarships based on financial need, academic achievement and community involvement.
Reaping the benefits
Over the past seven years, the foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships.
"The goals of the foundation are to reward [Mahoning] Valley students, who have proven to be good role models and leaders, the opportunity to go to college," York said. "My father believed that students who have given back to their community while in high school should be afforded the opportunity to receive a college education."