Wilmette, Community

Record supporters celebrate community, local news at third fundraising golf outing

It was a Record day at Wilmette Golf Club Friday, Sept. 15 — heck, there was even a hole in one.

The Record Open drew its largest funding total thanks to its highest participation in the third annual event held at Wilmette Golf Club.

Golfers enjoyed outstanding weather, a round of golf, contests, prizes, raffles, and food and drink in the early-evening affair, but only one team enjoyed the thrill of victory.


The winning team of Ben Warner, Mark Summerville, Adam Shulz and Michael Kite

Ben Warner, Michael Kite, Mark Somerville and Adam Shulz bested the field with a low-round 12 under par to take home the cash prize — sponsored by Gold Sponsor Hometown Coffee and Juice.

Hometown highlighted significant and crucial support from the local business community. Tell Your Story (George and Karen Rafeedie) was the day’s Contest Sponsor, making possible prizes for the Closest to the Pin winner, Ben Warner, and the Longest Drive winners, Andy Dominello and Dianna Ritchie.

They weren’t the only winners on the day. Patrick Sylvester aced Hole No. 16 for his first hole in one. Coincidentally, Sylvester’s father previously aced the same hole.

Patrick Sylvester shows off his ball after hitting a hole in one on Hole 16 at Wilmette Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 15, during The Record Open.

After the competition on the course, the participants gathered near the clubhouse for post-round drinks and dinner from The Lawn. During the celebration, attendees had the chance to win donated raffle prizes. Bleachers Sports and Music was the Raffle Sponsor, providing numerous framed pieces and autographs for the raffle. 501 Local restaurant and Good Grapes wine shop, both in Winnetka, also provided raffle prizes.

Hole sponsors were: Central Station Coffee and Tea, Hofherr Meat Co., PAX Group, Ballyhoo Hospitality, R.O.M.E. Sandwich Co., Fred’s Garage, Doug Ryan, Marty Bredemann, Grateful Bites, Ripple Communications, North Shore Country Bank, and Stormy’s Tavern and Grille, and Illinois Bone and Joint Institute.

All of it came together to raise more than $3,000 for The Record — funds that will go directly into responsible local reporting for the community.

Annie Miskella and George Rafeedie were the outings star volunteers.

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This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.

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