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New group raising funds for Kingmanites who need help
From left, Gail Dike, Brenda Prudham and Therese Haase sit alongside the green at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course in Kingman. (KIM STEELE/Miner)
9/6/2013 6:02:00 AM
By Kim Steele
KINGMAN - When Brenda Prudham left Kingman in 1990, she didn't plan to look back.
Prudham relocated to San Diego, where she lived for 22 years. There, she met her husband, Greg, who is a board member of the Professional Golfers Association and writes for PGA magazine.
Life has been good in California for Prudham, a golfer who worked for Aldila Golf Corp. making graphite golf shafts for 12 years.
But in April, Prudham and her husband relocated to Kingman to be near her grown daughter from a previous marriage. For Prudham, 51, who now works for Cascades Tissue Group as a planner/buyer, it was the right decision. As the founder and chief executive officer of PLEASED Golf, a philanthropic organization formed three years ago to provide financial support to people dealing with debilitating illnesses and situations, the move is giving Prudham a chance to help others here.
"I feel like God has moved me back to Kingman for a reason," said Prudham. "I was nervous about returning because I left under bad circumstances, but I feel like others here need me now. I lived here 13 years and formed good relationships, and Kingman still means a lot to me. I'm coming back to do something that will be bigger than life."
PLEASED Golf will have its first Kingman fundraiser Oct. 27 at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course in Kingman. The event begins with registration at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Sean "The Beast" Fister, three-time RE/MAX Open World long drive champion and author of "The Long Drive Bible," will make a guest appearance at the event.
The fundraiser will benefit Gail Dike, a Kingman resident undergoing treatment for lung cancer. Prudham, who was searching for someone to help when she moved her, originally approached a co-worker, Therese Haase, after discovering the woman was fighting breast cancer. Haase, who has been quality manager at Cascades Tissue Group for nine years, declined, saying her needs had been met by the company.
Cancer struck Haase, 53, in December 2012 after she visited the emergency room for a separated cartilage and a scan showed a mass in her right breast. Haase, who moved here in 2004 from Riverside, Calif., had a lumpectomy and recently completed chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She is now free of cancer.
Haase told Prudham she wanted to "pay it forward" to someone else instead, which is why the event is called "The 1st Theresa' Mulligan Charity Tournament."
"We're calling the event a mulligan because it's a do-over," said Haase, who was able to work during treatment because Cascades adjusted her schedule and hired a temporary assistant. "I want to help someone like I was helped. I've heard stories about people losing everything because they get cancer and can't work anymore. Because of this event, Gail won't have to worry about that. It makes me feel great."
Dike's name came up as a possible recipient through other sources, and Prudham contacted her about the fundraiser. Dike, 64, who moved to Kingman from Salinas, Calif., in 2000, agreed and the event was set in motion. Dike has been a loan officer assistant for First California Mortgage in Kingman for a year. She was diagnosed in July with cancer in her left lung after visiting the emergency room.
The immediate goal, said Dike, is to shrink the tumor wrapped around her pulmonary artery with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation treatment so it can be surgically removed. Dike said she has insurance through work that will cover some of the treatment costs, but must pay the rest out of her pocket.
"I'm extremely hopeful about my chance of survival and I'm so thrilled to be given this assistance," said Dike, who is a golfer and has been involved in numerous golf-related fundraisers as a Kiwanis member. "I can't really explain my feelings right now because I've never had this kind of a gift before. I'm just at the beginning of treatment and the costs are already mind-boggling."
Prudham is looking for golfers and sponsors for the upcoming fundraiser, which costs $75 per player or $300 for a foursome. The cost includes 18 holes of golf, an awards lunch reception, golf cart, range balls, shirt and cap, and Tee prizes. Each participant will receive a goody bag worth about $200, said Prudham.
Also, a variety of sponsorships are available, said Prudham, from tee sponsor for $100 and putting green sponsor for $500 to par drive sponsor for $1,500 and albatross level sponsor for $5,000. Perks include souvenir bottles of wine, banner recognition, raffle tickets and foursomes in the tournament.
"This is not a one-time shot," said Prudham, who is planning fundraisers for other local causes. "Therese's Mulligan will be an annual event to help someone in Kingman win the fight against cancer.
"If we can raise $30,000 from this fundraiser each year, I'll be delighted. But my goal is much higher than that. As far as I'm concerned, the sky's the limit."
For more information, visit www.pleasedgolf.com or call (928) 263-1078 or (760) 703-8132.
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