Bernie Readinger represented the Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund at the Landis Cup Million Dollar Charity Shootout on November 11th at Green Pond Country Club. The Landis Family Charity Foundation sponsored this one million dollar shootout.
Fifty golfers, representing 50 local charities had the opportunity to take one closest to the pin shot in the first round. The ten golfers who landed their ball closest to the pin moved on from the original 150 yard shot to a 165 yard shot with the golfer landing closest to the pin receiving $2,000.00 for his or her specified charity.
Bernie, representing the Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund was one of the ten finalists. The stakes were very high because the Landis Family made it clear that if one of the shooters landed a hole – in – one they would receive $500,000 for themselves, their charity would receive $250.000 and the other $250,000 would go to a Landis Family Charity. The pin was very close to the front of the green. Bernie was the 8th golfer to hit a ball, with one ball already on the green about 9′ from the Pin.
Bernie was participating in honor and memory of his father Bernard Readinger who had just passed away two weeks earlier. In fact, Bernie hit the 165 yard shot with his dad’s 6 iron. It was a beautiful shot that drew gasps from the crowd because it was easy to see it was headed high and right at the pin. The ball hit in front of the pin just off the green.
Bill McCloskey’s shot was closest to the pin and netted $2,000 for the charity he represented, Prostate Cancer Awareness. With no hole in one scored at the event, the Landis family was not able to give away a million dollars but that did not stop them from being very, very generous to their guests. Every charity was awarded no less than $500 and the Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund was awarded $1,000.00 in the donation drawing.
The Hankee family is proud of and thankful to Bernie for accepting the challenge and helping the Hankees promote the benefits of organ and tissue donation as Bernie received a life saving kidney from his sister in 2006.
Please consider becoming a part of this wonderful program the Landis Family Charity Foundation has established. To learn more go to: http://www.landiscup.org/