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r. Larry Sills lost his life Aug. 16,
1987, on Northwest Airlines Flight
255 when the airplane crashed on
takeoff at Detroit Metropolitan Airport en
route to the John Wayne Airport in Orange
But thanks to his family, his memory
lives on in a benefit golf outing that bears
his name — the Dr. Larry D. Sills Memorial
JCC Golf Classic.
This year is the 20th annual outing
for the Jewish Community Center of
Metropolitan Detroit's Send a Kid to Camp
Fund. The outing will be held Aug. 19 at
Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville.
The fund provides scholarships for fami-
lies who want to send their children to one
of the myriad of camps offered by the JCC,
but are having difficulty affording it.
"The scholarships are based strictly on
financial need' said Paul Braker, the JCC's
director of special events and fundraising.
Over the last 10 years, Braker said, the
outing has raised $1.6 million for scholar-
ships. Last year, nearly $400,000 in scholar-
ships were provided by the outing and other
Braker said the Sills family is quite active
in the outing, and he appreciates their help.
"They didn't establish the endowment for
the outing then sit on the sidelines' he said.
"They're involved 100 percent through fund-
raising, making calls and playing in the out-
ing. They're a dream family to work with:"
Each outing honors JCC leaders in addi-
tion to Dr. Sills. Terry and Martin Hollander
are being honored this year.
For information about the outing and
donating to the Send a Kid to Camp Fund,
contact Braker at (248) 432-5538 or
Another good resource is the JCC web-
Flight 255 crashed just before 9 p.m. on
that August night nearly 26 years ago. All
six crew members, 148 passengers and two
motorists on Middlebelt Road were killed.
The only survivor was 4-year-old passenger
Cecelia Cichan Crocker.
3 - On - 3 Hoops
Basketball is a year-round sport at the JCC
in West Bloomfield.
The Kenny Goldman Basketball League
presented a 3-on-3 tournament earlier this
month and 10 teams participated, five in
the 14-and-under age group and five in the
35-and-over age group.
The winning team in 14-and-under was
Chizitere Nwaopara, Carl Bow and Collin
Demes. Steve Nowak, Chris Byron, Scott
Menser and Michael Abraham were on the
champion 35-and-over team.
The champs received cash prizes.
Runners-up also were given prizes. Each
team in the tournament played at least
three games, and teams could have as many
as four players on their roster.
Another 3-on-3 tournament has been
scheduled for Sept. 22. Teams must register
by Sept. 19. Divisions for 12-and-under,
14-and-under, 17-and-under, 18-and-over
and 35-and-over are offered.
The Kenny Goldman League has four
seasons — fall, winter, spring and sum-
mer. There are divisions for 6-and-under,
8-and-under, 10-and-under, 12-and-under,
14-and-under, 17-and-under and ages
The summer season started July 8, but
registration for the fall season will begin
Aug. 1 with a player evaluation scheduled
for Sept. 15. An early-bird discount ($30
off) is available until Sept. 15. Practices will
begin Sept. 29.
For questions about the tournament and
league and to register, call Bruce Wineman
at (248) 432-5498 or Leah Worthy at (248)
Welcome To Hockeytown
One of the newest members of the Detroit
Red Wings is Jewish.
Stephen Weiss, a free agent center who
signed a five-year, $24.5 million contract
July 5 with the Red Wings, spent his entire
NHL career with the Florida Panthers
before coming to Hockeytown.
Weiss may be familiar to Detroit hockey
fans, and not just
because he'd been with
the Panthers since 2001.
Toronto native was a
star with the Plymouth
Whalers of the Ontario
Hockey League before
the Panthers selected
him as the fourth pick in the 2001 NHL
Weiss has 145 goals and 249 assists in
645 NHL games. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound-
er holds Panthers' career records for assists
and game played.
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