If there is sizzle in the air, it could be the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss A Pig Campaign heating up. News 3’s Jesse Blanco enlisted the help of Coastal Sunrise reporter, Martin Staunton as part of the 2015 campaign. The pair is behind a new golf tournament to raise help raise money for the ADA. Blanco, team captain, secured the site and says Bacon Park Golf Club is the perfect setting for the tournament. Staunton, a diabetic, is taking his first stab at organizing a golf tournament.
“There are way more details than I’d imagined, but most people are just jumping in and doing what they can to help. Jason Griswald, the pro at Bacon Park, has been phenomenal to work with,” Staunton said.
Blanco, well known host of the popular “Eat It and Like It” cooking show, says diabetes hits very close to home. His sister lost most of her foot due to complications from diabetes. “Diabetes runs in my family my grandfather had it. He passed away. My dad had it. He’s passed away. My sister obviously… and its in numerous people in my family in various stages. I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up with it in my later years. It just runs with us,” said Blanco. He has hosted several dinner party events since the launch of the Kiss A Pig campaign, one of the biggest fund raisers of the year for the American Diabetes Association of Southeast Georgia and Coastal South Carolina.
Marianne Ganem Poppell, the chairwoman of this year’s campaign, says the eleven teams involved are vying to kiss a live pig. The swine is honored as the first source of insulin, the main weapon in the fight against the disease. Poppell says she did not become a part of the effort without doing a little homework. “I did a lot of research when I got involved with the American Diabetes Association. You can choose to keep your money local, but it is so important for it to go to the research as well because the research is what’s behind trying to find a cure,” Poppell said.
Blanco says Bacon is the name of the course and everybody loves bacon and it will be reflected in the menu for the post tournament festivities. “I know I’m going to do a bacon macaroni and cheese. I might do some bacon cheeseburger slider type things. I might do some bacon wrapped shrimp, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I need someone to donate the shrimp but I’m going to try to have bacon in every course. I’m definitely going to do some candied bacon with the recipe I got from the Andaz Hotel,” Blanco says.
The “Everybody Loves Bacon” golf tournament is a four-person team, best ball scramble. There is a 1p.m. shotgun start set for Monday, May 11, 2015 at Bacon Park. J.C. Lewis Ford is sponsoring a Ford F150 for a hole in one. The cost is $100 per golfer. Forms are available at the clubhouse at Bacon Park or you can reserve a spot via email or by phone at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (912)-414-6787.