Golf outing to benefit Solid Ground homeless shelter

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published June 15, 2012


In the past 12 years, Kay Walsh battled — and beat — cancer twice.

In 2000, the Warren Woods Public Schools Board of Education member had two lobes removed from her right lung after cancer was detected. Three years later, she underwent radiation, chemotherapy and a procedure to remove a lump after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

“I have a lot to be thankful for,” the 1971 Warren Woods High School graduate said.

Walsh strongly believes in giving back to the community. This summer, she and childhood friend Debbie Paliczuk, a Briarwood Elementary teacher, are volunteering their time for the third annual Tee Up for Kids golf outing at the Selfridge Golf Course in Harrison Township. The July 21 event will benefit Solid Ground. Walsh and Paliczuk are on the golf outing committee with several other members.

Solid Ground, a transitional homeless shelter located at 17955 11 Mile Road in Roseville, serves families, senior citizens and disabled individuals. The 40-bed facility allows residents to remain in the program for up to 18 months as long as they participate in Solid Ground’s programs.

The facility offers schooling for children and parents, and classes on parenting, nutrition, budgeting, credit management and job seeking skills. According to a golf outing flier, all residents pay a portion of their income as rent, as required by law.

The golf outing will be a big boost. Solid Ground operates almost entirely with a volunteer staff, and nearly all of its operational costs come from donations. Paliczuk has been involved with Solid Ground for three years.

Solid Ground Board of Directors Secretary Pam Carnline is the golf outing chairperson. Last year’s golf fundraiser raised $11,000.

“Our goal is to raise as much as we possibly can. It goes to support the house,” Carnline said. “We would like to exceed last year’s goal. We’re always happy with whatever we can get.”

The golf outing will be held on the Selfridge Golf Course. Check-in time is 11 a.m., and tee time is 1 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The cost is $100 per person, or $30 for dinner only guests. July 7 is the last day to register.

The outing includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, putting green access, a grilled hot dog lunch at registration, a prime rib buffet dinner, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and prizes. Silent auction items are still needed for the golf outing, and sponsorships from $30 to $2,000 are available.

Carnline, of Warren, has been at the last two golf outing events.

“It is a fun, fun day,” she said. “Everyone who is there knows we are there to support the residents.”

Solid Ground opened in 2009. Carnline said that when residents first arrive, they meet with a social worker and set up a program that identifies their goals.

Carnline learned about Solid Ground through the church she attends. With a journalism background, she began writing the facility’s newsletter.

“I’ve been involved ever since,” she said.

When arriving at the Selfridge Golf Course, golfers are asked to enter at the main gate, off M-59 east of I-94. After checking in, take Jefferson south, follow to the left onto Wilbur Wright. Turn right to George Avenue and right on St. Perimeter into the course parking lot.

To register for the golf outing, become a sponsor or donate a silent auction item, contact Pam Carnline at (586) 246-1550 or Frank Tenkel at (313) 719-8741. More information on Solid Ground also can be obtained at the above phone numbers.