Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., October 14

October 14, 2013 | Drew Forrester

It’s indeed rare during football season for a Monday edition of “Drew’s Morning Dish” to not be focused on the Ravens and/or the NFL, but today is different.

Naturally, I have plenty of thoughts about the Ravens and their 19-17 loss to Green Bay on Sunday.  Here’s what I wrote early last evening — none of my opinions have changed this morning.

Today, though, we’re on to something more important than football at WNST Radio.  This afternoon at Mountain Branch, it’s our 9th annual charity golf outing, with the 2013 edition benefitting the great people at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Nearly all of you reading this right now have been affected, somehow, by cancer.  It’s inevitable, it seems.  Whether it’s you, personally, or a family member, friend or co-worker, cancer has touched us all.  My mom, Lucy, passed away from cancer in 1987 when I was 24 years old.  I’ve “been there, done that”, as the saying goes.

Almost two years ago today, in early October, 2011, a friend of mine and original member of Mountain Branch Golf Club, Dan Karr, was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Eleven months later, at age 42, Dan passed away, leaving a wife and two children.  The Karr family was blessed, though, because right here in our backyard is the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  They immediately put Dan under their care and extended his life nearly a year while continuing to try and find a cure for various forms of brain cancer.

Often times, in Baltimore, we take Johns Hopkins Hospital for granted.  We shouldn’t.  There are lots of you who know about Hopkins, but probably aren’t familiar with the Kimmel Cancer Center.  It’s one of the country’s leading cancer facilities, whether it’s diagnosis, treatment or research.  And today, we’re going to do our small part to help them help others by donating our proceeds from the golf outing to the Kimmel Cancer Center and, specifically, their brain cancer research department.

Our event is a modest one.  We’d like to raise $50,000, $100,000, etc., but we’re not there yet.  Still, our donation today, likely in the $7,500 range, will be used by the people at KCC to purchase new equipment, contribute to the hiring of a new researcher, etc.

Today’s tournament is completely sold out, with 25 foursomes filling the fairways at Mountain Branch.  We have three outstanding sponsors on hand to make the day fun for us:  my buddy Dennis Koulatsos at Koons Ford of Security Boulevard is sponsoring our 9th hole “Hole in One” contest, awarding a brand new Ford Mustang for the first ace at #9.  Scott Westcoat and The Hub & C’Ville Bikes are new sponsors for the event and will be organizing our putting contest throughout the afternoon.  Finally, while most golf outings treat their players to hot dogs and burgers afterwards, the same can’t be said for this year’s edition of our event.  Thanks to the Waldhauser family and Kenwood Kitchens, our 100 players will all be eating prime rib following today’s tournament at Mountain Branch.

We also have over twenty raffle prizes and six terrific “silent auction” items to help raise more money for the Kimmel Cancer Center.

And thanks to my friend Dave Nocar and Federated Lighting.  They not only made a cash donation, but they’re also providing an outstanding silent auction item: four Ravens tickets for the November 10 home game at M&T Bank Stadium.

The weather looks like it has turned for the better and we’re all set for a great day of golf at Mountain Branch.

The real heroes?  The 100 players taking part in today’s tournaments are the ones to applaud the loudest and longest.  Without them, there’s no event.