The Arc Southern Maryland held its 16thAnnual Pat Collins Golf Classic on June 15that Chesapeake Hills Golf Course, which raised $18k for people with diverse abilities. The tournament included specialty holes, a chance at a hole-in-one prize of $10,000 sponsored by The Gott Company, a continental breakfast, a lunch catered by Adam’s Taphouse & Grille, door prizes, and raffles.

The tournament is held annually in honor of Pat Collins, a former board president for The Arc. Collins worked tirelessly for years to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Southern Maryland. “The Arc Southern Maryland sponsors this tournament as a living memorial to my father,” said John Collins, son of Pat Collins. He continued, “Those who serve as sponsors, players and supporters allow The Arc to carry on the mission to which my father was committed.”

“Our annual golf tournament continues to be our most successful fundraiser each year thanks to the support of our community. We are so grateful to our supporters for enabling us to continue to create opportunities for people with diverse abilities,” said Terry Z. Long, CEO of The Arc Southern Maryland. “Last year, we were proud to add a team of the individuals we support, making this a truly inclusive event,” said Long.

Volunteers, staff, and people supported by The Arc gather during the 16th Annual Pat Collins Golf Classic. Front row, left to right: Kathy Gioffre, Angel Gerald, Crystal Haislip, April Towler, Shana Sharar, Jennie Parran, Noel Austria. Back row, left to right: Brittany Heine, Stacy Ford, Ron Mould, Mike Henson, David “Scott” Mellinger, Terry Z. Long, Jennifer Rudolph.

Tournament proceeds will be used to support The Arc’s services, including their residential program which provides safe and supportive housing for people with I/DD, their vocational program which helps people with I/DD to obtain and retain jobs, and their transition programs which provide essential skills and hands-on career exploration for high school students to be successful as they transition into careers or continued education.

The Arc Southern Maryland would like to recognize the sponsors that have supported this event –Hole in One Sponsor – The Gott Company; Commodore Sponsors – Community Bank of the Chesapeake, and PSA Insurance & Financial Services; Inclusive Team Sponsor – Scott Mellinger; Captain Sponsors – the Mark Frisco Team of Century 21 New Millennium, ALCO Pharmacy, Insurance Solutions, and Lusby Town Center; Lunch Sponsors – SMECO, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, and Dr. Amin of Lexington Park Family Dentistry; and Beverage Cart Sponsors – Tangram Insurance, Mary Brigid Frye & Sheila Cotter, Chesapeake Farmery, Mark Todd, and Quality Consulting Network.

About The Arc:The Arc Southern Maryland is a non-profit organization affiliated at the state level with The Arc of Maryland and at the national level with The Arc of the United States, which is the world’s largest grass roots organization of, and for, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. Since 1975, The Arc Southern Maryland has provided quality support and programs aimed at creating opportunities for independence and personal success for people with different abilities in inclusive communities.For information about The Arc of Southern Maryland’s programs and services or to make a donation, visitwww.arcsomd.orgor call (410) 535-2413.