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A solid foundation.

Several eminently successful events held in conjunction with the seminar and exhibits brought nearly $100,000 into the ASIS Foundation, which uses the funds to support educational and outreach programs benefiting the security profession. Numerous individuals, chapters, and companies generously gave of their time, talents, and funds to reach this record-breaking total.

Only a portion of those who deserve recognition could be mentioned in the following stories. A complete list will appear in Security Management in early 1998.

A hole-in-one. The ASIS Foundation First Annual Golf Tournament took place on Sunday at The Orchards Golf Course in rural Illinois. Dubbed the "Gateway Classic," the event drew participants eager for a repeat of the event at future seminars.

With about 140 registered golfers, the tournament, along with two auctions. grossed more than $40,000 to benefit the ASIS Foundation. "I got involved because the money goes to the Foundation and [my company] has been a big supporter," said Cullen Hanlon, vice president of corporate security for Kelly Services. His team took home top honors for the scramble a crystal trophy and associated bragging rights.

Donned in complimentary ASIS straw hats, members filed onto the course anxiously awaiting the go-ahead. David Thompson, a member of the tournament's organizing committee, said interest in the tournament spread like wildfire, and much of the labor-intensive components of putting it together went without a hitch.

Golfers were given a bag of goodies, containing golf balls, tees, and sunblock in a handy carrying case donated by Westinghouse Security Electronics, one of twenty-seven corporations that sponsored prizes, activities, food, and refreshments. The St. Louis Chapter donated bag tags that came with each set.

Members conversed over picnic fare, then took shots on the practice green. A silent auction was also set up, offering prizes ranging from cordless telephones to golf clubs.

Following a putting contest, golfers trekked onto the links. As each golfer approached a designated hole, a video, sponsored by Sensormatic Electronics Corp., recorded the action, complete with a voice-over doing play-by-play, stating the golfer's name, company, and other commentary. Each golfer received his or her own video.

An awards and dinner banquet followed, where winners were announced and prizes doled out. A live auction, featuring sports memorabilia, augmented the proceeds presented to the Foundation. Ron Watkins, ASIS member and part-time auctioneer, whipped through the festivities with flair.

Contributors feted. Janice Peth, president of the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees, gratefully thanked the organizers and companies who supported "The Gateway Classic" at a special reception held Wednesday evening to honor chapter and corporate donors. An oversized check in the amount of the proceeds was presented to Peth by the St. Louis Chapter.

Other contributions received that evening pushed the total to its record high. The Chicago Chapter alone gave $12,000, and the Boston Chapter contributed another $8,700 to the John P. Manning Fund, bringing that fund's total to more than $100,000. Other donors who gave $1,000 or more were the Detroit Chapter; Fiber Options, Inc.; the Greater Los Angeles Chapter; the Middle East Chapter; the North Texas Chapter for the Dennis Noggle Fund; Pinkerton, Inc.; the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter; and the Washington, D.C. Chapter.

Gourmet gala. More than 600 people supped on steak and swooned to the Lettermen's greatest hits at the 15th Annual Foundation Dinner held Wednesday night at the Adams Mark Hotel. The joyful crowd gathered for hors d'oeuvres in the vestibule before entering the candle-lit banquet hall.

ASIS Foundation President Janice Peth greeted the gathering and presented a retrospective on the Foundation's achievements and plans.

After dinner, Peth turned the podium over to Brendon Brownyard, principal of the Brownyard Group, who presented the 1997 William H. Brownyard Award for Meritorious Service to Ernest Crumb. Crumb, a security officer with Vance International's Uniformed Protection Services division, was recognized for his heroics in attempting to save a drowning elderly man. Crumb jumped into a pool fully clothed and performed CPR on the man until an ambulance arrived. While the man eventually died, Crumb stayed in touch with the family after the incident.

To commemorate Crumb's efforts, the Brownyard Group presented him with a plaque and a check for $1,000. The company also contributed $5,000 to the ASIS Foundation on behalf of Vance International.

The evening ended on a high note as the Lettermen tweaked old memories with such favorites as "The Way You Look Tonight" and "When I Fall In Love," and energized the crowd with upbeat versions of their current musical fare. In true performing style, the trio finally left the stage with the attendees only wanting more.
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Title Annotation:ASIS 43rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits; American Society for Industrial Security or ASIS Foundation; 43rd annual ASIS meeting in St. Louis, MO
Publication:Security Management
Date:Dec 1, 1997
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