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Hospice drive boasts shiny raffle prize

By Abbi Overfelt aoverfelt@civitasmedia.com

March 7, 2014

LAURINBURG — To honor the memory of the patriarch of their family-owned business, the staff of Bob’s Jewel Shop for the 13th year is offering one lucky person the opportunity to take home a glamorous accessory at a bargain-basement price.


As part of Hospice of Scotland County’s 28th annual Richard L. Byrne Memorial Golf Tournament, held to raise money for hospice patients who may otherwise not be able to afford care, the shop is raffling off a 14-carat white gold women’s ring boasting a total of 1.27 carats of diamonds and .27 carats of sapphire in memory of Bob McCabe, who was served by Hospice.


The raffle, with tickets selling for $10, has raised about $160,000 for Hospice of Scotland County since its inception.


It’s a number that makes Gertrude McCabe, Bob’s wife, proud — but she passes the credit on to Hospice.


“That’s how good they are,” she said.


The raffle will take place on April 23 at Scotch Meadows Country Club, the last day of the golf tournament sponsored by Eaton Golf Pride and Scotch Meadows, but ticket holders do not have to be present to claim their prize. The tournament starts at noon on April 22 and continues at noon on April 23, opening both days with a shotgun start, but golfers only play for one day.


Entry fees are $125 for men and $75 for women. Sponsorship levels include Platinum, $5,000; Gold Grip, $1,000; Silver, $500 and Bronze, $250.


The tournament will also offer a silent auction with more than 300 items up for grabs, including golf equipment, apparel, sports memorabilia, furniture, vacation house rentals and getaway packages.


And if you want to eye last year’s prize, just track down Margaret Cline, who was talked into participating in the tournament by longtime hospice volunteer Mary Kay Ollis — and left the event with an unexpected prize.


Cline’s not afraid to show it off.


“Sometimes I do wear it on a daily basis,” she said, adding that she just happens to have some antique rings that perfectly complement the modern addition.


The ring also led to a story she and Ollis love to tell of the not-at-all-serious proposal by mutual friend Charlie Potts, who delivered the ring to Cline’s Charlotte home.


“It’s become a running joke,” Ollis said. “She called and asked me if I wanted to be maid of honor.”


The tournament, along with its associated events and prizes, has raised more than $3.2 million for Hospice of Scotland County since its inception.


Raffle tickets can be purchased at Bob’s Jewel Shop, at Hospice of Scotland County or from hospice volunteers. For information, call the hospice at 910-276-7176 or visit scotlandhospice.org.


Abbi Overfelt can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 12. Follow her on Twitter @aoinscotco.