UPDATE: Golf Ball Drop Postponed

By Wendy Kedzierski

UPDATE: Due to windy conditions forecast for Saturday the Golf Ball Drop has been postponed. The new date is March 3, 2012.

While the official weather forecast for  Sat., Feb. 25, March 3, predicts partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 40s, anyone who heads to Mackintosh Fruit Farm mid-day will experience raining golf balls. Not golf ball-size hail, but real golf balls will fall from the sky at noon.

The event is a fundraiser for two local organizations: the Clarke County High School Chamber Choir and the Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue Squad. The purchase of a raffle ticket gives the purchaser a number that corresponds to a numbered golf ball. After the golf balls are dropped by helicopter, the owner of the ball landing closest to a pre-set pin will win $1,000.00.

Second place is a one-week stay in an oceanfront condo in Oak Island, N.C. The third prize is a one-hour helicopter ride for two. The fourth prize is a one-night stay for two at historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event between 11 and 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per ball, $20 for three or $100 for 15. Mackintosh Fruit Farm is located at 1608 Russell Road in Berryville. (www.mackintoshfruitfarm.com)

Jim Webb is both the parent of a Chamber Choir student and the Deputy Chief of Va. Airborne Search and Rescue Squad. He will be piloting the helicopter.

“My flight officer and I will be available to talk to anyone interested in our group and how they can help us with our mission,” says Webb. “We are a 501c3 non profit and are funded completely by private contributions. We are also the only all volunteer airborne rescue squad in the state of Va.”

The CCHS Chamber Choir is raising money to attend and perform at the 2012 National Festival of the States in New York City. They will be the only representatives from the state of Virginia to participate in this exclusive festival this spring.

“As of now, we have raised $13,000 toward the trip. We still need $14,000,” says the group’s director, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh. The next installment is due April 1.

Sponsorships are available, and the group is grateful for those who have already generously donated. Current sponsors include Rappahannock Electric, Loudoun Pediatric Associates, Green Acres Lawn Care, Masters and Webb, Webb Business Center,  Shenandoah Controls, Shenandoah Beauty Academy, Celtic Shipping, Champion Iron, RE/MAX Roots and Breze Power Equipment. Specific sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1,500, but any donation is accepted with gratitude.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Keebaugh at keebaughr@clarke.k12.va.us. Donations can be sent to CCHS c/o Ryan Keebaugh, 240 Westwood Rd., Berryville, VA 22611. Checks should be made payable to CCHS Chamber Choir.

The choir will also be performing on April 1 at 4 p.m. at the Barns of Rose Hill. The public is invited. Admission to the concert is $15.

Note: Meteorologists are predicting strong winds on Friday that may continue into Saturday. If conditions are not suitable to fly, the event will be rescheduled. We will provide notification here if the event is postponed.