Golf tournament planned for cancer fund
August 5, 2021
Next week the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links will be hosting a tournament to raise money for the Uglys of Haines’ community cancer fund. The Uglys usually raise money for the cancer fund in May but members canceled the event for the past two years because of pandemic concerns.
The fund provides $1,000 grants to residents who need to travel to Juneau for cancer treatment.
The tournament will take place August 11-15. Its format will be a four-person scramble, costing $25 per person. On any given shot, a player will be able to pay $5 for a mulligan, or do-over. All proceeds will go to the Uglys’ fund.
Even as the coronavirus stole headlines, cancer took its toll. An estimated 606,520 people died from cancer in 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The Uglys have received three requests for funding in recent weeks after the SEARHC WISEWOMAN’s mammogram van came through town, said Uglys’ member Chuck Mitman, who started the fund.
Mitman was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in late 2015. He spent four months in Juneau receiving treatment. Fellow Uglys members asked what they could do to help, so Mitman started the fund when he returned to Haines. “I wanted to do it because the Uglys wanted to do something for me,” Mitman said.
In 2018, Mitman, a longtime volunteer firefighter and EMT, won a state First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
Kathy Pardee-Jones, whose family owns and operates the golf course, said she will help eager participants find teams of four. And “if they don’t play golf, no big deal.” Donations will be welcome from all.