1 to 6 p.m.
Lakes of Bliss Woods, Sugar Grove
All proceeds will go
to Steve Shupe’s family
Benefit will feature
neighborhood miniature golf course,
raffle prizes and food
Golf ball, score card and pencil
will be provided at first hole
(909 Elm St.)
Subdivision residents hold memorial benefit for neighbor’s family
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Converting a neighborhood subdivision into a 16-hole miniature golf course sounds like a good idea. Using the makeshift golf course to help raise proceeds for a family that has recently lost a loved one sounds like an even better idea.
Dave Dhom and his neighbors in the Lakes of Bliss Woods subdivision of Sugar Grove have put together a memorial benefit to help the family of Steve Shupe, who passed away on Sept. 18, 2011, after a 17-month-long battle with stage four brain cancer. He was 42 years old.
“The doctor gave Steve six-to-nine months to live back in March 2010, and he did everything he could to fight … went through different treatments with different oncologists,” Dhom said. “A few days right before he died, my wife Laura, my neighbor and I talked about doing a fundraiser for Steve, because we knew medical bills were mounting. We decided to still do the fundraiser after he passed away, because those bills are still there and we want to help his family with medical costs.”
The memorial benefit for Shupe, who was survived by his wife Victoria and two boys, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Lakes of Bliss Woods subdivision. Sixteen of the homes in the subdivision will have a miniature golf-course hole in the front yard, with the course beginning at the Dhom residence (909 Elm St.). Other homes in the neighborhood will offer raffles prizes and refreshments (624 Birch St.), bowls of chili (623 Birch St.), wings and hot dogs (624 Hickory St.), and then snacks and drinks at the Dhom residence, which will serve as the final “hole”.
Dhom said that once the idea for a neighborhood miniature golf course was in place, he e-mailed the neighbors whom he thought knew Steve well enough to be interested in hosting a course hole in their yard.
“Knowing Steve as well as I did, having played softball with him for a number of years … he had two boys just like I do, so it really hits home,” Dhom said. “You kind of think of what things would be like if you had to face something like what Steve and his family went through. And what this memorial benefit means, for me, is it kind of pulls the community together, and we’ve had a great response from a lot of neighbors who are either hosting a hole or donating to the raffle.”
Raffle tickets are $1 each, $3 for five tickets and $10 for 15 tickets. Items that will be raffled include a Bacardi and Coke Coleman cooler, FireFly Cocktails Coleman cooler, Alvarez acoustic guitar and stand, Weber Go-Anywhere Smokey Joe grill, Rosenblum Cellars Game Day portable gas grill for tailgating, Salvador’s folding three-seat chair unit, Animal Planet portable pet bed and basket accessories, and two autumn gift baskets. More items are slated to be included.
There is a minimum donation of $1 per hole, which will be collected at the first hole of the course. Kids can play for free if accompanied by a donating adult. Clubs will be provided at each hole of the course, but participants are welcome to bring a putter and wedge to use if they feel more comfortable with their own clubs.
For more information about the Steve Shupe memorial benefit, e-mail Dave Dhom at Davedhom@sbcglobal.net.