Karmanos Cancer Institute benefits from Wyandotte man’s passion for golf, ‘Three Shots’ event
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|Approximately 100 people, including friends and family of event organizer Frank Maslanka, came out to support the “Three Shots Against Cancer” event held recently at the Wyandotte Shores Golf Course, benefitting the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Frank Maslanka, 57, of Wyandotte, has taken an almost 50-year passion for golf and translated it into support for patients at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Maslanka, with assistance from his wife, Paula, recently held the ninth annual “Three Shots Against Cancer” event at Wyandotte Shores Golf Course, attracting approximately 100 family members, friends and supporters from the community to take to the course’s chipping green to try their hand at a hole in one. About $2,900 was raised for Karmanos.
Golfers contributed $5 to hit three balls, hence the name “Three Shots Against Cancer.” The 12-hour event also featured a gift raffle every 15 minutes, with items that included gift certificates for restaurants and local businesses, golf balls, golf hats and sports items.
Those golfers who did exceptionally well won money, with $100 given to the person who got the ball closest to the pin; $75 for the second closest; and $25 for the third closest. Maslanka said that 90 percent of people who win prizes hand them right back to him to support the cause.
“This event gives the people the idea of giving back,” he said. “We get the chipping green and bleachers for the hecklers. I like to call the event a golf/circus atmosphere.”
Maslanka said he was inspired to begin raising funds for Karmanos nine years ago because his brother-in-law, the late Herb Cook, was treated for prostate cancer at Karmanos. Maslanka said he was impressed with the services Herb received at Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills.
“The people were so nice,” he said. “Cancer is a dreadful disease and I saw what Herb had to go through. The doctors and nurses there are well-educated human beings and they took the time out to talk to me. Karmanos does a wonderful job.”