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Pitman Golf Course to Host 100 Hole Golf Marathon Benefit

(Pitman) Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, Liaison to the Pitman Golf Course, announced today that the Pitman Golf Course will be hosting a Tsunami 100 Hole Golf Marathon Benefit on Monday, April 11, 2005. This event will raise money for Father David Michael, a local priest from Mantua's Incarnation church, whose hometown village in India was destroyed during the Tsunami.

Father David Michael will be returning to India in mid April to help rebuild his parish. He lost over 700 friends to the disaster, many in which were children attending Sunday school. This benefit, which is being called 100 Holes with Hope, has set a goal of raising $100,000 to help this innocent village overcome this devastating tragedy.

Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said, The lives of millions were changed forever when the tsunami hit the seven southern Asian countries on December 26, 2004. Sweeney said, Millions of people were left homeless, entire cities were swept away, thousands of children were left orphaned and the lives of approximately 290,000 people were lost. The 100 Holes with Hope marathon will give some relief to people who desperately need our help putting the pieces of their life back together, said Sweeney.

Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, Liaison to the Pitman Golf Course said, "The devastation of the tsunami was felt all of the world and now Father David Michael has given our communities a local connection to target." DiMarco continued, "With the help from the general public and the golfing patrons we expect to make this benefit a success and give some hope to the Father David Michael's hometown village."

Many residents and local officials of Gloucester County will be showing their support by participating in this event including Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr., County Administrator Jack Fisher, Deputy County Administrator Chad Bruner, Mantua Mayor Tim Chell. The Pitman Golf Course will be closed to the general public on the day of the marathon.

To contribute, an account -- "100 Holes for Hope" -- has been set up at The Bank, 100 Park Ave., Woodbury. Donations can be made of a designated sum of money or a pledge of any amount per hole. There is no minimum amount and any contribution that can be made will be much appreciated. Checks can be made payable to 100 Holes with Hope.