For the past three years, NPC employees Mike Langer, Carey Dicken and Don Wolfhope have participated in the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Mid-Penn Region Golf Outing. And not just because they share a love of the game.
Asked why the team decides to participate in the scramble-style tournament year after year, Carey answered, “The cause.”
A cause both Don Wolfhope and Mike Langer are familiar with.
“My stepson had issues when he was young, born little as a baby, and the Ronald McDonald House put my wife up,” explained Don. “This is one way for me to help and give back for them helping her, and one of the main reasons why I like getting into this tournament.”
Mike easily relates to a time when his son was younger and needed help.
“When my son was younger, he was life-flighted to Pittsburgh Hospital. So, for me, it’s about giving money back for a good cause and understanding what they do,” Mike said.
RMHC Mid-Penn Region supports not-for-profit groups whose programs directly benefit children in the areas of health care and medical research, including local Ronald McDonald Houses — in Hershey, Danville and Pittsburgh — as well as education and the arts, civic and social services. The chapter’s mission is to help develop, support and encourage programs which will enable children to live their lives to the fullest.
For more information or to make a donation, visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Mid-Penn Region website.
NPC designs, prints and folds the golf outing brochure every year, and as soon as Mike sees it running through the bindery division of the production facility, he gets his team together and signs them up to play. “I have to look to see if we are off, and then I get the team together,” said Mike.
The team he is referring to is a four-man team made up of a trio of NPC employees Mike, Carey, Don, and their good friend Al Gorman. The group played in the 26th Annual 2018 RMHC Mid-Penn Region Golf Outing on June 11 with over 100 other golfers at Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg, PA.
“We have to see if we are off work the day of the tournament because we all (Mike, Don and I) work the same shift, and we usually have the same team there,” chimed in Carey.
The NPC team make a point to thank RMHC board members Timmy Cassidy, Frank Swalga (also an NPC employee), Mark Emeigh and the rest of the coordinating committee for all that they do in putting everything together. Mike also added, “I want to thank (NPC owner) Mark Barnhart for all of the time and effort he puts into this (RMHC) cause.”
Asked what his favorite part of the outing was, Carey quickly answered, “Actually, this year, it wasn’t even the golf, but hearing the lady speak at the end. She had a really good story.”
Carey is talking about Jenn Weyant, who returned to speak at the outing for a second time.
Jenn stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh for a total of 76 days while her son Jacob was in Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. She thanked all of the golfers for coming out and helping support RMHC Mid-Penn Region and said, “What you are doing here today, it’s fun… you get to go out and play golf… but there is a much bigger picture at play.”
NPC was the major corporate sponsor for the 2018 RMHC Mid-Penn Golf Outing. The company fielded a handful of teams for the event this year.