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Saturday, March 25, 2017
press photos by tom broasDozens gather in late January to play the game they love for charity. This year, the Lehigh Valley Disc Club raised $2,860 and collected 579 pounds of food to donate to the food bank. press photos by tom broasDozens gather in late January to play the game they love for charity. This year, the Lehigh Valley Disc Club raised $2,860 and collected 579 pounds of food to donate to the food bank.
Since 1996, disc golfers have raise over 3.5 million through Ice Bowl events. Since 1996, disc golfers have raise over 3.5 million through Ice Bowl events.
Disc golf is played with many of the same rules as traditional golf; one throws a disc through the air into an elevated metal basket with chains. Disc golf is played with many of the same rules as traditional golf; one throws a disc through the air into an elevated metal basket with chains.

Disc golfers Ace charity donations

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Tom Broas Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Watching the flight of the disc, throwing the perfect shot and hitting the chains for a birdie putt is what usually drives the members of the Lehigh Valley Disc Club (LVDC) to play disc golf. But on Jan. 29 the LVDC hosted its 18th annual Ice Bowl disc golf tournament at the South Mountain Disc Golf course near Lehigh University to raise money and food for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

This year, the LVDC raised $2,860 and collected 579 pounds of food to donate to the food bank. Money was raised through the entry fee, cash donations, raffles and an ace (hole-in-one) pot, which nobody hit during the two rounds of golf.

“We know winter months are tough for the food bank, so it’s very important to us that we have the capacity to gather an ever growing number of disc players to support the cause,” said Marci Klinger, who helps run the club and is one of the tournament directors for the Ice Bowl and for other disc golf events the club puts on through the year.

The Ice Bowl was started in 1987 and is a nationwide event to raise money and food for a local charity.

Since 1996, these tournaments has raised over $3.5 million to combat hunger in the U.S.

The LVDC started running an Ice Bowl in 2000 and in the last five years have raised nearly $10,000 and collected over 2,200 pounds of food to donate, with this year being the biggest donation yet. The event attracts more people every year and this year a record number 176 people played in the tournament.

In 2016, 150 players attended the LVDC Ice Bowl in over two feet of snow to raise money for the food bank, so the bad weather doesn’t scare these hard core golfers away from the course.

“It’s awesome, the generosity and support we get from the entire disc golf family,” said Klinger. “It helps to have decent weather, but that’s the premise of the Ice Bowls nationwide; ‘No Wimps, No Whiners.’ Get out there and throw for charity. “

The club got lucky this year, with temperatures in the mid 30s and there was no snow on the ground. Just a few flurries in the air throughout the day, so the golf was a little more enjoyable than last year. The club has a potluck lunch to warm up between rounds, with people bringing all types of food from chili and stews to cookies and brownies.

“We call it our winter picnic,” says Klinger. “Just an all-around great day with great people and great food for a great cause.”

You don’t have to be a pro to participate either. The charity tournament is open to the public.

“It’s a family event ,since it’s not expensive to play and it’s not sanctioned. We get many players, who don’t play (sanctioned) tournaments to come out,” explained Klinger.

The more people who show up and play, the more money goes to help the food bank feed the hungry.

With the success of the event and the continued growth every year, there are still goals the club would like to achieve to be able to donate even more to the food bank.

“Two hundred (players) is my goal,” said Mike Solt, aka Mr. Disc Golf, a co-TD for the Ice Bowl. “The donations and such are just the cherry on top.”