A golf tournament will be held to honor the life of J.B. Griffin, a State College resident who died of cancer in 2011.
The 14th annual Shaner and J.B. Griffin Memorial Foundation Golf Classic will be held Aug. 8 at the Penn State Blue and White golf courses.
Griffin was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Shaner Corp., and all proceeds from the fundraising tournaments are donated in his name.
“It’s a tribute to J.B. and what his life was,” said Mary Pat Griffin, his wife and executive director of the J.B. Griffin Memorial Foundation. “He was a good mentor, a good friend to all those people. It’s just nice to be able to give back to the community. You know, the community gave a lot to us.”
Griffin was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer in December 2010 and died nine months later.
“He was a big golfer,” Mary Pat Griffin said. “So, after J.B. had passed away it was Shaner actually, it was the employees who wanted to start the organization. It started in 2012.”
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the J.B. Griffin Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to provide financial support to charitable organizations that assist people in need. The foundation then donates the funds to a local nonprofit.
This year, the beneficiary is the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.
“We were thrilled to be selected as the recipient of the Shaner/J.B. Griffin golf classic proceeds,” Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Anne Ard said. “Specifically, the funds will go to support our outreach programs and the prevention work we do with children and young people in schools and the community.”
Over the past 13 years, the golf tournament has raised more than $586,000 to support local organizations.
“In 2012, the money went to the Home Nursing Agency, which was J.B.’s hospice, which we thought was pretty appropriate,” Mary Pat Griffin said. “Then, last year the money went to Tides.”
However, the golf tournament is not the only way the foundation receives funding. Mary Pat Griffin said the foundation also relies on donations.
Cash and other prizes will be awarded to golfers for team and individual skill-related contests, and there will be a 50/50 raffle.
Maggie Griffin, 18, J.B. Griffin’s daughter, feels the tournament is an apt way to honor her father’s memory.
“This tournament is such a meaningful way to honor my dad; it’s a wonderful way to give back to the community,” Maggie Griffin said. “This tournament was something he looked forward to each year before his illness, and for it to be named after him now is so fitting.”