A local tournament and a national day of observance will involve a local golf course and four Maine college institutions this weekend.
Today, Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono will host a benefit shotgun start, the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Tournament, an 18-hole scramble and silent auction which is being held in memory of John P. Bishop.
On Saturday, the University of Maine in Orono, Husson University in Bangor, Bowdoin College in Brunswick and Colby College in Waterville are all participating will take part in the second annual Coach to Cure MD program.
The program was founded to raise awareness and money to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an often fatal disorder which targets children and robs them of muscle strength and function.
The Coach Cure awareness day involves more than 200 schools and 2,675 coaches, who will wear armbands and publicize the program during interviews before and after their football games in order to promote the cause and help fund research for a cure. Home teams will also display and broadcast promotional material about the disease and the program at their respective stadiums.
“This local effort all evolved from our relationship with John Bishop, who worked at the NEWS and passed away last December,” said Skip Chappelle, co-chairman of the golf scramble/event.
Bishop’s grandson was diagnosed with Duchenne. “We thought about putting on some kind of fundraiser for Duchenne and this event resulted out of that.
“Recently, John’s daughter Amanda e-mailed me to alert me about the Coaches to Cure thing, which we weren’t even aware of.”
So Chappelle started thinking about tying in the scramble with the football promotion.
“We figured if we can raise some money from this tournament, let’s see if maybe we can divvy it up a little and give them a piece of this as well,” he explained. “I would like to be able to donate $5 per person from everyone at Friday’s [tonight’s] golf scramble dinner.”
Locally, donations can be made by calling Northeast Publishing Co. at 1-800-924-9041 or going online (www.starherald.com).