PAWing It FOREward Golf Event Raises $27,000 | News, Sports, Jobs

Courtesy photo The sixth annual PAWing IT FOREward Golf Tournament was held on July 20 at the Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg. The money raised will help purchase service dogs for people with disabilities, some of which can cost up to $35,000.

An annual tournament raises funds for service dogs

Service Paws of Central PA (SPCP) held its sixth annual golf tournament on July 20 at Scotch Valley Country Club. A net profit of $27,000 was achieved thanks to the help of numerous sponsors.

It was a four-person race for all skill levels with prizes for each golfer (gift cards donated by nearly 300 area businesses), as well as skills competitions.

The third place team was from the UPMC Altoona Foundation, the second place team was from Encompass Health Altoona and the winning team was from DeGol Carpet.

Dan Bradley won the Puppy Putt contest. Courtesy Motor offered a new Ford Edge as the first person to hole-in-one, but no one took on that challenge; a second prize was awarded to Wes Elder who found himself less than a meter from the flag.

$25 gift cards were awarded to the six skills contest winners: Tony Alvarano, Keith Drass, David DeGol Sr., Wes Elder, Rachelle Hopsicker and Matt Taddy.

The gift basket winners were Tom Smith, Cory Tubo, Randy Fabbri, Marla L. Moon, Steve Dalecki and Frank Wiley.

Tim Balconi won the draw 50-50.

Service Paws of Central PA is a local non-profit organization established to financially assist those in need of a service dog and/or those who may already have a service dog and need assistance for extraordinary veterinary expenses.

Golfers enjoyed a relaxing dinner in the ballroom, where prizes were handed out. There were short presentations by two service dog handlers, which were sponsored by the SPCP. Each of them told how the dogs had impacted their families.

PAWing IT FOREward VII will take place on July 19, 2023 at Scotch Valley Country Club with a noon kickoff.

A full list of sponsors is at

Main Sponsors: Bruno & Lena DeGol Family Foundation (cheque presentation); Sheetz, Inc.; Primati Bros.; Bolger Brothers, Inc.; Stucky Ford; 4print; Les Prés (dessert); CCSalesPro; Dennis C. Dobbins, DMD; First Leaf Wines; Courtesy motors; Pepsi-Cola; Blair Candy Co., Inc.

Tee & Teams: AFSCME Local 3155, unionized Altoona Water Authority employees; ARC Federal Credit Union; ARROW Land Solutions; Include Altoona Health; Kooman & Associates; S&T Bank; Saleme Insurance; Sylvan Veterinary Hospital; Tom Smith; UPMC Altoona Foundation.

Other teams: Amy Bergstrom; Bill Engelbret; CNB Bank; Dave McGarvey; Don Straub; ENVISION Laser Centers; Marla L. Moon, DO, FAAO; Morris Houser; Trust Bank; Texas Hot Dogs 58th Street and 12th Avenue; The Underdogs; Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Young, Oakes, Brown, & Co, PC


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Allegheny Orthoses

Allstate/Rob Sullivan

Altoona Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center

Altoona Center for Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery

Altoona Curve

Beard Legal Group

Start with us Childcare and preschool

Belle Lucia

Bill Wertz and Sons

Blair Auto Service and Electrical Equipment

Blair Gastroenterology Associates

Economy drink

Burgmeier’s Hauling, Inc.

Cato Modes

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Cross Roads Inc.

Designs by David Albright

Delgrosso family of companies

Do better business

Jewelry from Dorman, Inc.

EADS Group

Improved eye care

Fiore Toyota

First Commonwealth Bank

Freedom Excursions

Excavation and demolition G&R

Green bean coffee

Health First Chiropractic

Hite Company

Holidaysburg Veterinary Clinic

Howard Hanna Johnston Real Estate

Integrity Building

Altoona Investment Bank

Irwin Financial

Keller Engineers

Ketrow Tourist attractions

Laurel Eye Clinic

lawn doctor

Link Computer Corporation

Lisa Fry

M&T Bank

Manpower Inc. of Altoona

Martin Oil Company

McCann Wealth Strategies

Workplace Solutions from McCartney, Inc.

McDonald’s, JPN Management, Inc.

McKissick Kasun Architects

McMullen Furniture

Mike’s Court

Mountainview Eye Associates

Myers-Somers Funeral Home

Neely’s train shop

Newborn Enterprises, Inc.

NEXT Financial Group

computer works

Penn Crest Bank

Residential Building Pheasants

Progressive Periodontal Therapy, Michael Cohen, DDS.

Reilly, Creppage & Co., Inc.

Rhodes Pools and Patios

The true value of roaring spring

Roofing works

Small tube products


Stevens Mortuary, Inc.

Stifel Investment Services

Chevrolet Storer

Tel-Power Tool & Equipment Rental, Inc.

VCA Metzger Veterinary Clinic #1301

Ward Transport Corp.

Windy Hill Furniture

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A&A insurance

Allegheny Creamery and Pancakes

Allegheny Street Cigar Co.


Altoona Community Theater

Altoona Gourmet Buffet

Altoona Small Engine Repair

Altoona Freshwater

Golden Amber

Amish smokehouse

Angel and William Watts

Running in Appalachia

Athenian coffee

Aunt Anne’s

Baby Shorts Creations

bark box

Barr’s Auto Electric, Inc.

Bath and body care

BCAF – Mishler Theater

Pizza Bella Italia

Ben Blow

Auto Bender Service

Best way to pizza #3

Best Way Pizza, Altoona

Bickel’s surplus too

Bickel Too Altoona Surplus

Blair County Drink

Blair Picture Elements

Blocher Meat Market

Brackney Leather

Restaurant of the bull enclosure

Cameron Silva

Chili’s Bar & Grill

city ​​drink

clay cup

Comfort Suites

Courtyard Marriott Altoona


dairy queen

Davison Snack Shop

Days Inn and Suites by Wyndham

Dean Patterson Automotive

De Gennaro serve

Denney Candle Co.

Diemond Queen

dinosaur pizza

Domino’s Pizza, 17th Street

Domino’s Pizza, Duncansville

donut connection

Country Club Du Bois

Duck fritters

Duncansville Pharmacy

Dutch Hill Chocolates

Eat’n Park

Erica’s creations

Erwin and Joyce Bassler

Escape Altoona

Fairfield Inn & Suites

cinema center

Finelli’s Italian villa

Five star Mitsubishi

Front Street Submarines

Unfinished furniture

Galactic Ice Rink

Gardner’s Candy

Giant Eagle, Roaring Spring

Giant Eagle, Altoona

Grandview Meats

Greenwood Steakhouse

Hampton Inn

Equipment and distribution of medicinal plants

Hippie Sniffs and Good Juju’s

holiday bowl

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Holiday pools and spas

PA Hometown Bank

Holidaysburg Hometown Market

Huntingdon Country Club

Irvin’s On Main

JAM promotional productions

Jax’s soaps

Jersey Mike’s Subs


just tinkering

Kae’s path

Kay’s creations

Kerr Creations

La Fiesta Mexican Bar & Grill

Lakemont Park

Lavish luxury botanicals

Leighty Farm Market

Leyo market

Caesar’s pizza

Lucky’s beer dispenser

Moon Main Restaurant

Restaurant Mamma Mia

Mane Effects

Marcia’s chocolates

#6292 from Martin

Martin’s Duncansville

Martin’s Pinecroft

Mayfield Restaurant

McCampbell Enterprises Unlimited, Inc.

Photography of moments

Nancy Ellenberger

Napa Auto Parts Duncansville

New Look Uniform and Embroidery

Nicoletta’s Restaurant

OIP, Juniata

O’Reilly Auto Parts Altoona

O’Reilly Auto Parts Duncansville

Outback Steakhouse

Daddy Johns

pedal power

Penn State Golf Course

Peterman Florist

Phoenix physiotherapy

Pizza Hut, Altoona

Planet Fitness

Recreational pottery

Bodywork professionals

red lobster

Robert Sandowski

Ron and Cindy Pertu

Sweetheart Salty Essentials

say it with candy

Shear Power Show

shoe fly

Discreet action zone

Styles by Paul

Summit Country Club

Sunmaid Growers of California

floral sunrise


TA ticket printing

Tammy Garlock

Texas Truck Stop

Thaler Family Dentistry

That guy from Pierogie

Building II Athletics Club

The Naked Egg Cafe

The Summit Tennis and Athletics Club

Thompson’s Pharmacy

Custom Ink from the Three Hearts Initiative, LLC

Tim’s American Coffee

At Tom and Joe’s

Tom Kunetz, Jeff Keenan and Keven McCarthy

Top Nails

Trade Secrets Skincare and Saltroom

Mount Tussey

Unkel Joe’s Pyre


Walmart Supercenter Altoona

Walmart Supercenter Duncansville

Craving Cookies? Pastry shop

Warren A. Gingrich Agency

Warren’s Wax

Weis Everett Market

Weis Park Hills Plaza Market 40

Weis Market Pleasant Valley Blvd 64

Wisp hair salon

Special thanks to Barb Cottrill, Scotch Valley Event Planner and

Steve Gerhart, professional golfer.

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