August 4, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9th Annual Tony Ruszkowski/Never Alone Golf Event
Dear Friends and Family,
On Sunday August 4, 2019 the 9th Annual Tony Ruszkowski/Never Alone Golf Event will be held at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf Course. Thanks to your generous support we have been able to grow from a small event to an event that draws well over 120 golfers each year. With business and community support, we have been able to give 38 students scholarships totaling over $44,000. We have also been able to donate over $25,000 to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The tournament is held in memory of 22 year old Tony Ruszkowski. He was killed in an automobile accident on July 3, 2011. Tony left behind loving parents, a sister, and most importantly a fiancée with a baby on the way. He had recently begun working at a gas station and was looking forward to learning the gender of their baby.
However, Tony struggled with substance abuse. A struggle that ended his life. Tragically, he made several attempts to get treatment for his addiction only to find out there were no spots available, waiting lists of 6 months or longer, or up front payments for as much as $20,000. Americans are in need of treatment for addiction. Over 100,000 of them die each year making it the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Tony’s family and friends find these statistics and barriers to treatment unacceptable.
Our scholarships are used to help students whose lives have been affected by addiction. It may be either their own or that of someone in their lives. The first 2 scholarships that we provided went to Tony’s fiancée so that she would be better prepared to take care of her children, and the second went to a young man whose mother passed away after years of addiction. He graduated last year with a 3.9 grade average in bio-chemistry. Our scholarship is presented annually to one student from Weir High, one from Madonna, one from Brooke, and one from Oak Glen. We also select one at large scholarship based on need.
Please consider joining us in making a difference in the lives of these young men and women. By sponsoring a hole, donating a prize, registering a foursome, or volunteering you will continue to make a difference for all of us.
For more information: Never Alone Golf Tournament Business Spotlight July