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Golf-ball drop from helicopter is highlight of 10th annual event

On Monday, June 11, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) will host its 10th annual golf classic at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic. PNC Bank is the tournament’s presenting sponsor. All proceeds will benefit the school’s student scholarship fund that helps defray the cost of medical school tuition.

Organizers have planned a new event they say will bring an element of fun and celebration to the tourney. “Thanks to support from our sponsor, Blaise Alexander, we plan to cap the day with a golf-ball drop. This hasn’t been done before in our area and the planning committee believes it will add a lot of excitement,” said Kara Badyrka. “A helicopter will hover over the course and drop 500 golf balls on the 18th fairway. Golfers, attendees or anyone who wants to play can purchase a ball for $20. The ball that lands in or closest to the hole wins a $5,000 cash prize.”

Badyrka said golf ball chances can be purchased by calling 570-504-9065, ordering online or contacting a member of the planning committee. The balls will be sold until noon on June 11 or until 500 are sold.

“Our annual golf tournament is not just fun, it’s meaningful,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth. “It gives the community a chance to get together with a wonderful group of people for a spirited competition while raising critical funds for student scholarships. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of PNC Bank, Blaise Alexander and all of this year’s sponsors.”

Since 2009, Geisinger Commonwealth’s annual golf tournaments have raised more than $353,000 for scholarships.

Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The captain-and-crew format is limited to 128 golfers. The cost is $300 per golfer, $1,200 for a foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, complimentary gifts, breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call Geisinger Commonwealth’s Development Office at 570-504-9619 or register online.

If you are unable to participate and would like to contribute to the student scholarship fund, please email or donate online.


About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country. Learn more at or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

10th annual Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine golf committee
Gathered to plan the 10th annual Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) June 11 golf classic at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic are, from left: Kara Badyrka, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) director of special events and special projects; Michael Gallagher, Aviation Technologies; Nick Parise, PNC Wealth Management; Jim Hoover, NRG Controls North; Pete Danchak, 2018 Golf Classic Committee chair and PNC Bank regional president; Phil Mahasky, Glenmaura National Golf Club; Sharon Byrne, Peoples Security Bank & Trust; MaryBeth D’Andrea, Community Bank; and Michael Costello, University of Scranton.

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