Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Announces Shepherd’s Rock Celebrity Pro-Am


Opportunity to Play Alongside Famed Athletes, PGA TOUR Players, Noted TV Personalities

(FARMINGTON, Pa.)Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – will host the star-studded Shepherd’s Rock Celebrity Pro-Am on July 11.

Kicking off at 10 a.m., the event is part of Nemacolin’s grand opening celebration for its much-anticipated new Pete Dye and Tim Liddy-designed Shepherd’s Rock golf course. An exclusive pro-am draw and VIP gala event featuring Huey Lewis and The News occurs July 10 at 6 p.m.

Celebrities scheduled to participate include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger; San Francisco 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould; PGA TOUR golfers Ben Curtis and Jason Gore; Golf Channel personalities Matt Ginella and Chris DiMarco; and local sports luminaries Brett Keisel, Heath Miller and Phil Bourque.

Packages to play in the pro-am are available for $2,950 (individual) and $10,400 (foursome). The offer includes overnight accommodations, welcome amenity package (valued at over $500), two tickets to the pro-am draw event and VIP gala, exclusive play on Shepherd’s Rock and more.

“This exciting celebrity pro-am will launch the opening of Shepherd’s Rock in grand fashion,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “We want participants to enjoy the world-class experience offered here at Nemacolin and be among the first to play the course many feel is destined to become one of the most acclaimed layouts in the U.S.”

For additional information or to register for the event, contact head golf professional Justin Collins at 724.329.6112 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Perched high atop the Allegheny Mountains, the 7,151-yard Shepherd’s Rock course will offer extraordinary golf in a spectacular setting. The rolling bucolic terrain is ideal to fully utilize Dye’s brilliant imagination in fashioning a routing sure to draw raves from both media and guests. The dramatic par-5 18th, under the gaze of Nemacolin’s posh Falling Rock boutique hotel, features a green sitting atop the property’s high ground and a single, magnificent oak tree standing sentinel on the right.

Shepherd’s Rock is the only Mid-Atlantic layout and Pete Dye-designed golf course opening in 2017. The course will open to resort guests and members on July 1. Play for general public begins July 12.

For more information:, 866.399.6957.

About Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July, the property will open Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy.

Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

30th Anniversary of Dunes Manor Hotel is Testament to Late Founder’s Innovative Vision and Legacy

The Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites in Ocean City, MD - founded by the pioneering 74 year-old entrepreneur Thelma Conner in 1987 - is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


Ocean City, MD (PRUnderground) April 24th, 2017
The Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites, which is rated #2 out of 103 hotels in Ocean City, MD, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The hotel was founded in 1987 by the late Thelma Conner, who sought to deliver a hospitality experience that combined modern conveniences with old world charm.

“Lots of folks in Ocean City told Thelma that a 74 year-old woman couldn’t possibly launch and run a 170-room hotel, but she believed that she could, and the Dunes’ enduring success has proved all of her doubters wrong,” says James Garcia, General Manager of the Dunes Manor Hotel. “With so many naysayers calling her decision foolish, her sly sense of humor was on display when she decided to officially open the hotel on April Fool’s Day.”

Thelma Conner moved to Ocean City in 1940 to work with her husband Milton at his family’s Hasting’s Miramar Hotel. The couple eventually bought the Dunes Motel on 27th Street, and they shared a dream of opening a full service hotel on an inherited vacant block of land nearby. Milton passed away in 1979, but eight years later, Thelma brought their idea to life when she built the Dunes Manor Hotel, an 11-story, Victorian-style hotel on 28th Street.

Notable details about Thelma and The Dunes Manor Hotel include:

  • More than 1,000,000 guests have stayed at the property over its 30 year history, and over 2,000 people have been hired to fill full time and seasonal jobs at the hotel.
  • Afternoon Tea and Crumpets, a daily 3:00PM tradition that Thelma introduced as a way for guests and staff to mix, mingle, and have conversations that could potentially lead to new friendships, continues to this day.
  • The Dunesberry Cocktail, a signature Thelma-created libation which is a combination of raspberry and blackberry liqueur, is still on the menu at the hotel’s Zippy Lewis Lounge, Victorian Room, and Barefoot Beach Bar.
  • The Smothers Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Bob Newhart, Red Skelton, and Flavor Flav have been guests at the hotel.
  • Thelma’s contributions to the community and the Eastern Shore have been recognized in official citations from the Governor of Maryland and the County Commissioner.
  • Thelma, who was also Ocean City’s first woman councilperson, earned the nickname of Ocean City’s “First Lady” from citizens and politicians in the community.
  • The hotel is currently owned by Thelma and Milton’s family.

“Thelma’s achievements at the Dunes Manor were remarkable,” says Garcia. “Not only was she a savvy businesswoman who understood the needs of her customers and detected a profitable opportunity in the marketplace, she also launched a successful ‘startup’ when her peers were well into retirement. The fact that the Dunes Manor has survived and thrived for 30 years is proof that she had a great idea, and that she was a visionary entrepreneur who was way ahead of her time.”

About Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites

Located right on the boardwalk and built in the grand style of Ocean City’s Victorian era, the Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites – which is ranked #2 in TripAdvisor’s customer reviews of 103 hotels in the market – offers a one of a kind experience in Ocean City, MD. Our magnificent beachfront views make the Dunes Manor the ideal getaway where you can relax and unwind after exploring everything that Ocean City has to offer.

Exciting Chef Talent Coming to Philadelphia for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event

1,200 foodie philanthropists gather in Philadelphia for the culinary event of the year. Tickets on sale now.


PHILADELPHIA, PA (APRIL 13, 2017) – On Tuesday, June 20, more than 40 of the best chefs from across the country and around the world will convene in Philadelphia for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event. The event will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Vetri Community Partnership. More than 1,200 guests will gather from 6-9 p.m. at the beautiful Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s corporate campus in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard for the culinary event of the year. The party will continue into the night at the equally in-demand After Party at Lo Spiedo for chefs, sponsors and VIP ticketholders.  General  admission  and  After  Party  Access  tickets  are  currently  on  sale  at  and


As in years’ past, Marc Vetri has hand-selected the list of participating chefs, calling on friends and respected colleagues from LA, NYC, Chicago, Italy and more. The chefs will donate their time, talent and food, creating delicious samplings indicative of their own personal styles. Participating chefs include both veterans of the event, as well as several noteworthy newcomers. Among the new participating chefs this year are Hugh Acheson of 5 & 10 in Athens, GA; Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinetti of Frankies Spuntino & Prime Meats in Brooklyn; Derek Dammann of Maison Publique in Montreal, QC; Evan Funke of Felix in LA; Sara Jenkins of Nina June in Rockport, ME; and Ryan Poli of The Catbird Seat in Nashville.  Returning  chefs  include  Paul  Kahan  of  Blackbird,  avec,  The  Publican  and  Big  Star  in  Chicago;  Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter in NYC and television personality on The Food Network; and back for the first time since 2013, Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and star of The Food Network’s Ace of Cakes and Cake Masters.


Several of this year’s participating chefs have also been named finalists in the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards, including Outstanding Restaurateur, Ken Oringer (Toro, NYC) and Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Service, Michael Solomonov (Cook n Solo, Philadelphia). Also present will be regional Best Chefs finalists: Michael Cimarusti (Connie & Ted’s, LA), Andy Ticer + Michael Hudman (Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis) and Greg Vernick (Vernick, Philadelphia).


The  country’s best winemakers, brewers and mixologists will also  be  present,  including  Joe  Campanale  (Annona), Summer Wolff (Indie Wineries, NYC), Stacey Swenson (Dante, NYC), Jesse Vida (BlackTail, NYC), Neal Bodenheimer (Cure), Bill Covaleski (Victory Brewing Company), Tom Kehoe (Yard’s Brewing Co.), Tom Peters (Monk’s Café, Russian River Brewing Company), and Carol Stoudt (Stoudt’s Brewing Company).


In addition to the stellar selection of food and drink, guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items. Auction items include one-of-kind culinary experiences, such as private dinners with participating chefs, hard-to- get concert tickets, autographed memorabilia and much more.


At the Great Chefs Event After Party at Lo Spiedo, VIP ticketholders and sponsors of the event will have the exclusive opportunity to rub elbows with all of the event’s talented chefs in a laid back setting. After Party guests can also count on additional bites from BBQ master Adam Perry Lang, Adam Arrison (Sodexo) and Philly favorites Michael Solomonov (CookNSolo) and Jose Garces (Garces Group). The event will also feature specialty cocktails and entertainment.


History of the Great Chefs Event:

Twelve years ago, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin met Liz and Jay Scott, who were carrying on the work that their amazing daughter Alex had started, to help find cures for all kids with cancer. They were moved by Alex’s story and by the perseverance with which Liz and Jay honored her vision. As many do, they walked away from that conversation asking, “What can we do to help?” Their answer was to host the first Great Chefs Event which brought eight local chefs and 100 guests to The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, raising $50,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Vetri and Benjamin, meanwhile, inspired by the impact of their efforts, founded Vetri Community Partnership in 2008 to give back in the area they know most about— healthy food and nutrition for Philadelphia’s youth. The event has been a dual fundraiser for both organizations since 2010 and has inspired culinary fundraisers to fight childhood cancer in NYC, Chicago and LA. Last year, the Great Chefs Event raised nearly $800,000.


Sponsors for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event include Urban Outfitters, Inc., Advanced Staging, Color Reflections, 452 design, Courtyard by Marriott, Cashman & Associates, Joss Realty + National Real Estate Development, NFI + The Sid & Sandy Brown Foundation, David Stoudt + Martine Lamoreux, Vibrant Development Group, LLC., STARR Restaurants, Permit  Capital  Advisors,  LLC,  CHOP  –  Department  of  Pediatrics,  Love  City  Brewing  Company,  The  Lurie  Family Foundation, Pearl Properties, Melissa & Daniel Tasse, Andrea Biondo, CliftonLarsonAllen, Cozen O'Connor, Kathy + Dan Dugan, Bill + Mary Dankulich, The Ferman Family, Mary Ann + Jes Lawson, Brian Mietz, M&T Bank, Garrett Snider, The Chefs’ Warehouse, Jeff Warden + Heather Chalmers, Bryn Mawr Trust, Law Offices of Craig A. Altman, Chip + Phillis Marshall, Paperless Solutions, Inc., Baldor, DiBruno Bros., Julius Silvert, Samuels & Sons.


Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000 and include early access to the event and admission to the After Party. For information on how to become a sponsor, contact Genevieve Lynch at Vetri Community Partnership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 215-600-2630.


General Admission tickets are $350.00 per person; After Party Access tickets include general admission and access to the exclusive After Party at Lo Spiedo and cost $525.00. To purchase tickets, visit or


About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $140 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 690 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, please visit


About Vetri Community Partnership

Vetri Community Partnership was founded in 2008 by Chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin to empower children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. Its signature Eatiquette program brings highly trained chefs to schools to help them prepare fresh, scratch-cooked lunches that are served family style. Students learn the benefits of healthy eating and practice teamwork, communication, etiquette and portion control. Out-of-school-time programs, Vetri Cooking Lab and My Daughter’s Kitchen, reinforce the lunchroom experience and give students the skills to prepare healthy meals at home with their families. Vetri Community Partnership’s programs are active in more than 60 Philadelphia area schools, serving more than 5,900 students. For more information on the Vetri Community Partnership, please visit



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