Burkhart auction dinner and scramble set

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Staff Writer Washington Times-Herald The Washington Times-Herald Fri Jul 16, 2010, 08:00 AM EDT

PLAINVILLE — A celebrity auction, in conjunction with the third annual Travis Burkhart Golf Scramble, is set for tonight at 7 at LaRue’s Restaurant, SR 57S, in the Black Buggy Complex.

Chances to add a celebrity on your golf foursome will be auctioned by Tom Wagner.

Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m., followed by the auction. The public is invited to eat and watch the auction.

At the auction, most of the celebrities will not be present, but teams will bid for the chance to play with them at the scramble, which is set for next Saturday, July 24, at Country Oaks.

Organizer Lynn May said, “This just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.”

This benefit was started in September 2008, following a terrible auto accident which seriously injured Burkhart. He was traveling back to the University of Southern Indiana to return to college from the weekend, hit black ice on SR 57 south of Plainville, and suffered a severe head injury.

Since the accident, Burkhart, the son of Mike and Kim Burkhart of Plainville, has undergone countless hours of therapy.

After the accident several individuals around Daviess County, reached out to the Burkharts. The annual golf scramble was started as a way to give back to the local community that so graciously gave to them.

May said some of the funds raised still go to help Travis, who is a 2004 graduate of North Daviess High School, recover, and the rest will go into the community when a family has a need such as medical expenses (lodging, gas, meals and medical bills) if their child is in a hospital out of town.

Nine celebrities will be up for auction tonight, including Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coaches Dave Omer of Washington and Charles Denbo of Orleans. Also, former professional basketball players Todd Lindeman and John Laskowski, Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley, former Purdue coach Gene Keady, USI assistants Derrick Tilmon and Gerad Good and Steve Zeller, father of three local basketball standouts, Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller.

Teams who cannot make the dinner but want to bid on a celebrity are asked to call May at 598-0563 to enter a silent bid.

Scramble day

For scramble day, registration starts at 6:30 a.m., with the introduction of morning golfing celebrities at 7:40 a.m. The public is invited to watch the celebrities tee off — Coach Keady, Lindeman, Coach Buckley, Zeller, and Coaches Omer and Denbo will tee off at 8 a.m. and Laskowski, Tilman and Good will tee off at 1 p.m.

A BBQ lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Golfers eat for free and the public is invited to participate for a freewill donation.

The afternoon golfing celebrities will be introduced at 12:40 p.m.

Colts cheerleaders will be arriving at the golf course about 5:30 p.m. and there will be a mystery shot competition at about 6 p.m. An awards ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a band.

There will be raffles for a television, Longaberger basket and an IU quilt. Also, t-shirts will be on sale to be autographed, as well as other items. Call May at 598-0563 if you still want to enter a team.

Bethel Mall dropoff

The Burkhart Scramble will also be a dropoff location for the upcoming Bethel Mall, which gives school supplies to needy children in the area.

Golfers and the public are invited to drop off pens, paper, backpacks, and other school supplies to the auction at LaRue’s tonight or Country Oaks on July 24.

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