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Cleveland, Dublin golf events raise $50,000 for Heritage College scholarships

(ATHENS, Ohio — Aug. 27, 2015) Nearly 200 alumni and friends of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the college’s new campuses in Cleveland and Dublin this month by taking part in a pair of golf events that chipped in $50,000 for student scholarships.

The inaugural Cleveland OHIO Memorial was held Aug. 24 at Chagrin Valley Country Club and raised $25,000, while the second annual Dublin Open took place Aug. 10 at Tartan Fields Golf Club and raised $25,000 as well. Proceeds from both events go to Heritage College student scholarships.

“Playing a round of golf on these two beautiful courses is such an enjoyable way to engage with alumni and friends, and support our students,” said Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., the Heritage College’s executive dean, who participated in both outings. “I hope our alumni and partners in central and northeast Ohio will make it a point to join us each summer for these two great outings.”

The Cleveland OHIO Memorial was established this year to help mark the opening of the Heritage College’s newest campus. The event drew 96 participants, and each year it will honor a different supporter of the Heritage College. This year’s honoree was the late Charles V. Gemma, D.O. Gemma practiced surgery for decades in northeastern Ohio, inspiring and mentoring countless D.O.s during his lifetime.

“If you were trained at South Pointe Hospital, your life was impacted by Dr. Gemma,” said Jeffrey A. Stanley, D.O. (’82), a vascular surgeon at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital who hosted the golf event along with his wife, Denise. “He truly exemplified all that is great about being an osteopathic physician.”

Gemma died in 2001 but was represented by several family members at the golf outing, including his wife, Carlette L. Gemma, and three children, Lori L. Gemma, D.O., Rick A. Gemma, D.O., and Todd C. Gemma.

The event’s winning team, which scored a 12 under par, included Jeffrey Stanley, Alex Garcia, Pat O’Brien and Tyler O’Brien. Event sponsors included the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends; Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital; William E. Saar, D.O. (‘96) and Northeastern Ohio Healthcare Foundation; Western Reserve Hospital; Cleveland Vascular Institute; Brentwood Foundation; Design Group; LOTH; David G. Silk, DDS and Jane A. Silk, DDS; Gregory Hill, D.O. (’86), and Judi Hill; along with many other alumni, friends and partners of the college.

The Dublin Open, which was established in 2014 to help celebrate the launch of the Heritage College, Dublin, also drew 96 Heritage College alumni and friends. The winning team scored a 6 under par, and the team members were Owen Hughes, M.D., Daniel Roncone, D.O. (’01), Chris Saunders and Rob Saunders.

The Dublin Open hosts were Daniel Roncone and Jennifer Roncone D.O. (’01), Jerry Chellini, D.O. (’03), and Keri Chellini. Sponsors included the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends; OrthoNeuro/the Orthopedic Foundation; Design Group; LOTH; and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, along with many others.

Next year’s Dublin Open will be held Monday, Aug. 8, at Tartan Fields. Look for a date to come soon for the 2016 Cleveland OHIO Memorial.

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