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Cabin Fever Classic returns

Friendship Haven raises funds to help residents with costs

February 12, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Friendship Haven's annual miniature golf event, the Cabin Fever Classic, will be next Saturday and Feb. 19.

The 18-hole course weaves its way through the Celebration Center and Wellness Center at Friendship Haven. Complimentary snacks and use of the indoor pool and hot tub will be available to participants.

The event raises money for the Good Samaritan Fund, which helps Friendship Haven residents who can't afford the full cost of their care and other care costs.

"We have never had to ask anyone to leave once they are a resident," said Jennifer Crimmins, director of development, explaining the success of the fund.

Friendship Haven had more than $800,000 in uncompensated care last year, according to a press release. This year, it said major cuts from Medicare alone will cost the facility $400,000.

Local businesses and organizations sponsor and design the holes for the Cabin Fever Classic course.

Fact Box

If you go:

WHAT: Indoor mini-golf, snacks and swimming

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 19.

WHERE: Friendship Haven Celebration Center, 420 Kenyon Road

TICKETS: $3 adults, $2 children; includes golfing, putter and ball rental, snacks and use of indoor pool.

PARKING: Due to construction, guests should park at the Kenyon Place entrance or the Fort Museum Opera House.

CONTACT: Jennifer Crimmins, 573-6705 or

"We have 13 different local businesses sponsoring and decorating holes this year, and five other holes to round out to 18 holes," said Crimmins.

"The holes are pretty wild; some are not traditional. You might end up hitting the ball through a toilet or a bunch of food cans; it depends on the theme."

Crimmins said they usually see from 300 to 400 people play golf.

"It's a great recreational activity for kids of all ages," she said. "We get to see lots of families come out and participate every year. You can make a full day out of it. You can take as much time or as little time as you want."

Also, she said, the indoor swimming venue is popular. "If you haven't been out to see our pool, it's fabulous."

Due to construction, Crimmins said guests should park at either the Kenyon Place entrance or the opera house.

"The Kenyan Place entrance is probably easier," she said.

Contact Joe Sutter at (515) 573-2141 or



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