June 30, 2016

Mostly clear

Keim to raise money via Pars for Paws


Dan Brown

The Gazette

For more than a decade, Sonny Keim has been involved with Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue.

The last two summers, the Medina resident has raised money with a speed golf event.

A third year of the fundraiser was in jeopardy, as Keim had to postpone the original date in June because of pain in his right elbow. An MRI three weeks ago gave him the clearance needed to go forward with his annual Pars for Paws event Sunday at Westfield Group Country Club.

“After (I had to postpone), I wasn’t optimistic that I was going to be able to do this,” said Keim, who postponed the event just four days before it was going to take place. “I couldn’t get a cortisone shot until the end of July and that, along with not playing as much, helped. Knock on wood, I’ve had no problems.”

Keim has been golfing on and off since high school and came up with this idea while living in Pennsylvania. There, he got to know a man who was doing a similar event for the American Cancer Society, and, after being a foster dad to two golden retrievers when he and wife Patty moved to Medina, came up with the idea.

“I was lying in bed one night and I literally lost sleep thinking about what I could do to help,” he said. “You hear about golfers doing a lot for charity, and I got the idea from watching what he was able to do for the cancer society.

“So I talked to (Westfield golf pro) Chad Seymour and I thought he would say no, but there has been a lot of cooperation with the members.”

Keim will hit the links at 7:15 a.m. with the hope of beating his previous-best 198 holes in a single day, which will most likely take until 8 p.m. That personal best was done in 15 hours last summer.

All that golf is to help an organization he has been involved with since he and his wife got their first golden retriever in 1993. The group is an all-volunteer rescue,providing veterinary care, foster homes and permanent homes for golden retrievers across the state.

While he has to swing the club, Keim is not the only one pitching in. Along with fellow Westfield members who have donated money, he will be helped on the course by numerous people, including his wife and golfing partners Steve Hill and Dave Heckman.

“If the weather holds up, I’m hoping to get in nine rounds,” said Keim, a member at Westfield for the last six years. “I usually do the first round by myself, then have a couple of guys and my wife throughout the day helping. The golfers at Westfield also allow me to play through as well.”

Donations are currently being accepted on the fundraiser’s official website, goldentreasuresrescue.org/parsforpaws through PayPal or by mailing a check payable to Golden Treasures Rescue, c/o Sonny Keim, 211 Newfield Circle, Medina, 44256. People are asked to disregard the original date of June 23 that is still listed on the site.

All donations are tax deductible, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.