Chrysler to help sponsor Grotto Open May 6

“Drive!” will take on double meaning when the members of the Mercyhurst College Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) program join forces with Chrysler for the annual Grotto Open, a scholarship golf tournament held to benefit the John M. Wolper Scholorship Fund.

When the HRIM department and community supports hit the greens at the Lakeview Country Club in North East for the fund-raiser on Monday, May 6, they will get a helping hand from a program through which Chrysler supports golfing fund-raisers, “Drive for the Chrysler.” 

The national program combines Chrysler’s support for amateur golf with the promotion of its luxury vehicles. By adding another level of fun and excitement to golf tournament fund-raisers, Chrysler assists organizations in meeting their goals.

The program includes:

§ A chance to test drive Chrysler vehicles

§ An exciting Chrysler vehicle as the hole-in-one prize 

§ Sponsorship of two $50 gift certificates from the club’s pro shop

§ A display of Chrysler vehicles

§ A $5 donation to the fund-raiser each time someone takes a test drive and completes a product evaluation

The Grotto Open, formerly named the John M. Wolper Scholarship Golf Tournament, raises funds to benefit the John M. Wolper Scholorship Fund started by the former director of the HRIM program at Mercyhurst. The scholarship was established in 1993 with the purpose of assisting outstanding HRIM majors. 

Scheduled for May 6 at the Lakeview Country Club in North East, the Grotto Open has openings for 140 players. This year, a four-person scramble with a shotgun start will be the format. Also included in the day’s activities will be a dinner, during which the HRIMdepartment will introduce the 2003 scholarship winner(s). The cost per player is $100, which includes dinner, or the cost for just dinner is $40.

For more information about becoming a player in or sponsor of the Grotto Open, please contact the tournament adviser and instructor in the HRIM Program, Darrin Stern,CMP, at 824-2084 or

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