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Date of Issue: February 08, 2007

Key Royale women tee-up 'pink' for cure

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Golfing for the cure
Women golfers walk toward their first tee-off in the Fore the Cure fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The event at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive in Holmes Beach, took place Jan. 30. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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Lois Finley takes aim in a putting contest outside the clubhouse.
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A miniature "House of Hope" offered a second chance for contributions. The two-foot doll house, a country home, was built and furnished over a five-year period by Margaret Schuller. To honor her sister who died this summer of cancer, Margaret donated it to the club for a raffle.

Anita Riso won the House, and she generously offered it for a silent auction to raise additional money for the cancer foundation. That auction will be final on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The pink flags planted in the grass signaled that Jan. 30 wasn't to be like any other day at the Key Royale Club.

Inside the clubhouse, there was more pink. Players wore pink baseball caps, ribbons, jackets, shirts, socks, shoes and slacks. There were pink flowers on tables, pink candies in dishes, pink golf balls in hands and even pink wine to be awarded for prizes.

Pink is the signature color of the campaign to prevent, treat and cure breast cancer. On Jan. 30, the women members of Key Royale and their guests joined in Fore the Cure, an event to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"We're just trying to do the best we can," said Marlyn Thornton, who worked with Mary Pat Swamy to chair the event, with the support of more than a dozen volunteers.

The event featured a nine-hole shotgun tournament on the golf course, a luncheon and the raffle of the "House of Hope," an intricately designed dollhouse created and donated by Margaret Schuller.

The Holmes Beach resident donated the painstakingly created house in memory of her sister, who died last summer after a fight with cancer.

The raffle raised $500, but the house will draw yet more money this week. Anita Riso won the two-story structure and then donated it for a silent auction that was scheduled to take place Tuesday, after The Islander went to press.

Dozens of women attended Fore the Cure - 65 of them playing in the tournament on the chilly morning.

A tradition of Breast Cancer Day has been the pink ball tournament. Using teamwork, the winners were Mary Selby, Rose Slomba and Penny Williams and second-place finishers Lucille Cooney, Sue Hookom, Markie Ksiazek, Phyllis Lamp, Pat Coco Valdez, and Nancy King.

Joy Kaiser and Phyllis Roe each fired a 37 to tie for low-gross score on the day. Margaret Swift's 30 earned her first place in the low-net category. Second place was a tie for Millie Mullin, Mary Selby, Sue Hookem and Tootie Wagner with 31s, while Dorothy McKinna, Joy Nelles, and Sally Keyes each finished at even-par 32 to tie for third place.

Prizes in a putting contest went to Jean Holmes for the long putt of 8 feet, 6 inches with runnerup Kaiser right behind her with a putt of 8 feet, 3 inches. The straightest drive honors went to Penny Williams, Pat Townsend and Swift. McKinna, Jeanne Geary, Nelles and Theresa Schutt took home special putting honors.

Key Royale women's golf is chaired by Swamy and Marlyn Thornton, who thanked the committee responsible for the successful event. Volunteers for the "pink" tourney included Mary Margaret Dickinson, Mardene Eichhorn, Sheila Ford, Sue Hookom, Caye Hudson, Marge Jacob, Maryanne Kaemmerlen, Bobby Lindstrom, Eileen Micho, Margaret Schuller, Janet Stokes, Penny Williams and Sally York.

For more information about the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, go to