Posted by: David Giacalone | September 13, 2014

9th Golf Ball Drop a Winner

North Country Heli-flite helicopter over the Stadium olf Club for the Famit & Child Service of Schenectady's 9th Golf Ball Drop - 12Sept2114

– scenes from the 2014 Family & Child Service of Schenectady Golf Ball Drop –


– click to enlarge the photo and see the balls dropping –


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Zach [L] brought a friend

 Family and Child Service of Schenectady, a Stockade fixture since the 1940s, held its biggest annual fundraiser last night (Friday, September 12, 2014) at Stadium Golf Club. I do not know what the financial bottom line will be for the event, but in every aspect I could see, hear and feel as a dinner guest, raffle participant, and photographer, it was a hole-in-one success. Retired Channel 6 anchorman Jack Aernecke was amiable and entertaining as emcee for the evening. The Honorary Media sponsor was Pop Crush 105.7.


emcee Jack Aernecke

 Nearly a thousand numbered golf balls that had been “purchased” for $10 each were dropped from a helicopter, which was flown by Bruce Mowery of North Country Heli-flite.

As usual, the three balls closest to the pin won this year’s grand prizes.

The results of the 2014 Golf Ball Drop:

  • 1st Prize: Ball #302, Michael Mero – A custom designed blue topaz and diamond pendant courtesy of Sondra’s Fine Jewelry
  • 2nd Prize: Ball #353, Cliff Annis – 50” Flat Screen Television
  • 3rd Prize: Ball #405, Tom Hosey – A “Night on the Town” package featuring dinner and overnight accommodations at the Glen Sanders Mansion, two tickets to a Proctors’ show and other surprises

Later this weekend or early next week, I will fill in details of names and prizes.  At this time, however, I hope you enjoy the 60-photo Slideshow above and thumbnail Gallery at the bottom of this posting (under the fold), which has the same photos for you to click on to see larger versions.

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. above: Executive Director Bob VanZetta [L]; golf balls dropping.



Angelo was everywhere . . .

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. . . so were the Shellard Women –

Click on any image in the Gallery below for a larger version:


  Click to see our coverage of Golf Ball Drop 2013; and of the 2012 Event, the  2011 Golf Ball Drop, the 2010 Golf Ball Drop, and the 2009 event.

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