The Patty Dino Scramble for St. Jude was a successful golf outing conducted for the first time last fall. It took place at High Point Country Club in Montague, N.J. as a tournament of 120 golfers who got together to celebrate St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Patty Dino’s life. She was a contributor to the hospital’s fundraising, but not on the scale that a golf tournament can produce. Patty’s husband, Dan, who played a major role is setting up the tournament, is very proud of the event clearing $18,700. “We were able to raise an amazing amount of money to present to St. Jude,” Dino said. The check was presented to Nicholas Isidori, who represented St. Jude’s with tremendous appreciation. The event also included a successful raffle.

The event will be conducted again, possibly in June. Dino said he feels the event will raise more this year. Although it is a bit early to call for volunteers and golfers, Stacey Raymond, who is office manager for Larson’s Heating & Cooling Inc. in Middletown, will be helping again and plans to seek volunteers to help.

Coming up

The 12th annual Pajama Drive hosted by Inspire, the CP Center, headquartered in Campbell Hall and Goshen, is underway. Volunteers with the nonprofit are seeking new pajamas for children from newborn through age 18 by Feb. 15. Pajamas can be for any season and in all sizes.

The drive was started with the slogan, “Give a Child a Good Night’s Sleep,” and the explanation is that hundreds of children in our region have never had their very own new pajamas. They’ve inherited hand-me-downs from family and friends and thrift stores.

“There’s real ownership in your very own pair of pajamas,” noted one of the volunteers who has listed the drop-off locations. They are the Inspire Administrative Offices at 100 Egbertson Road, Campbell Hall; Inspire Kids Goshen, 2 Fletcher St. in Goshen; Inspire Kids Monroe, 45 Gilbert St. Ext., Monroe; Inspire Kids Newburgh, 344 Gidney Ave., Newburgh; Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 40 Matthews St., Suite 104 in Goshen; Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan, 30 Scotts Corners Drive, Montgomery; Johnston’s Toyota, 5021 Route 17M, New Hampton; Johnston’s Subaru, 243 Dolson Ave., Middletown; and Verizon stores at three locations: 125 Hawkins Drive, Montgomery; 39 N. Plank Road, Newburgh (Price Chopper Plaza); and 367 Windsor Highway, New Windsor (next to UPS). The pajamas are distributed throughout the area to nonprofits.

This & That

• The Filipino-American Catholic Community of the Hudson Valley recently sponsored a Simbang Gabi Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown with celebrant and homilist, the Most Rev. Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.

• The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will be from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 19 at the Montgomery Elementary School, 141 Union St. A snow date is Jan. 26, same time and place. Registration is from 10-10:30 a.m. It is open to all boys and girls from 9 to 14. The Free Throw event is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. For additional information, contact Jose Hernandez at 914-588-0572 or Mike Kresge at 845-741-2266, or visit knights2270@hvc.rr.com.

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. She can be reached at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.