by Ben Boskovich | Photographs by Rob Larson

Good ol’ Dad. He’s always there to lend a helping hand, a life lesson, or even a few bucks for gas, and every third Sunday in June, we dedicate a whole day to returning the favor. Whether it be a round of golf or a relaxing day with family and friends, Father’s Day traditions have only one requirement — that they be dad tested and approved. Fathers in Pittsburgh are extra lucky. No matter what they’re looking to do on their big day, there’s sure to be an opportunity for fun right around the corner. You might even call Western Pennsylvania a paternal paradise. This year, Father’s Day is June 17, and we’re tipping our hats to a group of dads who give back, not only to their own children, but also to local charities, by teeing it up in charitable golf outings taking place around the region this summer.

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Larry Richert

The Larry Richert Celebrity Golf Classic

This year marks the 11th year that KDKA Radio Morning News Morning Host Larry Richert has served as honorary host for his Celebrity Golf Classic, benefitting the American Cancer Society. The tournament targets patient services, which Richert says can really affects individuals in a personal way. “My children have lost three of their four grandparents in the last five years, including both of my folks,” he says. “Each passed because of cancer. Needless to say, I am passionate about research and finding a cure.” Past celebrity golfers include former Pittsburgh Penguin Pierre LaRouche, Roberto Clemente, Jr., former Pittsburgh Pirate Steve Blass, Former Pittsburgh Steeler Louis Lipps, and more. “I got involved originally to help strangers, but I feel very much like they are all my family now.

The Larry Richert Celebrity Golf Classic takes place June 15 at Long Vue Country Club. For more information, visit cancer.org.

Dad Details:

His children: Richert and his wife, Cindi, have three children: Erica, 26, Zach, 22, and Emily, 20.

Favorite part of being a father: “I love being with the whole family, when possible. It’s getting more difficult as they get older, [but] one of my favorite things is having dinner with family and friends.”

Father’s Day tradition: “We don’t have a tradition per say, but I know for sure I’m getting a golf shirt! We do try and be together for the day. That always makes dad happy.”

Summer vacation tradition: “We love the beach and really try and spend some time each summer at Seaside, Fla. If possible, we meet up with friends and just breathe in the salt air and laugh. It’s good to be barefoot.”

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Larry Richert wears:1901 Nubuck Leather belt in Taupe, $49.50, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall.

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Billy Scherfel

Southwinds, Inc. Annual Charity Golf Outing

Billy Scherfel says that Southwinds, Inc.’s Annual Charity Golf Outing has consistently proven to be a success for the non-profit agency that provides residential care and life skills training for adults with developmental challenges throughout Allegheny County. “It is a great way to raise funds for the organization, as well as thank the many people who regularly support Southwinds. Scherfel, who is a Managing Partner at Integrative Staffing Group, has contributed to the outing through corporate sponsorships, as well as in recruitment of players for the annual event.

The Southwinds, Inc. Annual Charity Golf Outing takes place July 30 at Southpointe Golf Club. For more information, visit southwindsinc.org.

Dad Details:

His children: Scherfel and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Maya, 9, and son, Will, 5.

Favorite part of being a father: “You know what it means to love something more than yourself. Being a father gives you an opportunity to make you a better man. It is the ultimate mentoring opportunity where you can truly shape lives.”

Father’s Day tradition: For more than 20 years, Scherfel’s entire family has rented a house at the Outer Banks, N.C.

On raising his child in Pittsburgh: “We live in the city and take advantage of the local attractions within walking distance — parks, libraries, and museums.”

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Billy Scherfel wears: John Varvatos “Sid Buck” Oxford in Birch, $198, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall.

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John McCabe

John McCabe

The Airport Authority Open

John McCabe is President of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, the beneficiary of the Allegheny County Airport Authority’s Annual Golf Open. The partnership began in 2008 when the Airport Authority approached McCabe about developing and contributing memorabilia to an area at the airport that would be open to military service members and their families exclusively. A veteran himself, McCabe understands how cherished that time with family is. “We are very honored and excited to have this relationship,” McCabe says. “Not only are we raising much-needed funds, we also benefit by having an opportunity to raise awareness and continue our mission.”

The Airport Authority Open takes place June 16 at Cedarbrook Golf Course. For more information, visit soldiersandsailorshall.org.

Dad Details:

His children: McCabe has two daughters: Marisa, 17, and Camryn, 14.

Favorite part of being a father: “The easy answer is being there for them, whether it’s advice and guidance, fixing whatever needs to be fixed, or killing a bug. But the best part of being a father is watching them grow into young, beautiful, intelligent, caring women.”

Father’s Day tradition: “I always look forward to seeing what they bought for me, which has turned into a tradition of buying dad some in-style clothes that fit my personality. They have a knack for shopping.”

On raising his children in Pittsburgh: “I know my daughters may decide one day to pursue a career that requires leaving, but I am confident that they will never lose the feeling of Pittsburgh being their true home.”

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John McCabe wears:Happy Socks Crew Socks, $12, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall.

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The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation Golf Invitational

Jon Rosenson and Marc Ruscitto met in 1994, and along with Ruscitto’s brother, Mike, launched Stargate Industries, one of the first internet service providers in the area. Rosenson says that Marc was a mentor who soon became a close friend. When Marc passed away at a young age, his family and friends shared the ambition to stay connected in his memory, and formed the Marcus L. Ruscitto Foundation. Rosenson, Vice President of Quality Assurance and Strategic Initiatives for Continental Broadband dba Expedient Communications, became a member of the board of directors, and has contributed to the event since its inception.

The Seventh Annual Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation Golf Invitational takes place July 30 at St. Clair Country Club. For more information, visit marcusruscittofoundation.org.

Dad Details:

His children: Rosenson has one daughter, Molly Sabrina, 2.

Favorite part of being a father: “I enjoy giggles, kisses, and hugs the most. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. I look forward to our time at the playground and any opportunity to spend time interacting with her as she learns about the world around us.”

Father’s Day tradition: A banana and chocolate chip pancake breakfast at home.

On raising his child in Pittsburgh: “We live in the city and take advantage of the local attractions within walking distance — parks, libraries, and museums.”

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Jon Rosenson wears: ic! Berlin “Mortimer” sunglasses, $495, Eyetique.

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The Animal Rescue League Golf Outing

Jim Ross, Chairman of Kenny Ross Automotive, has long-been a supporter of the Animal Rescue League. In fact, it was Ross’ wife, Ilene, who originated the annual golf tournament at Westmoreland Country Club, which features an adoptable dog on every hole. Kenny Ross now furnishes a car for the tournament’s Hole in One Contest, and over the years, the Ross family has adopted a total of eight dogs from the ARL, six of which lived in their home at the same time! “We are very grateful to the organization for saving so many animals’ lives and for personally bringing so much joy to ours,” Ross says.

The Animal Rescue League Golf Outing takes place June 11 at Westmoreland Country Club. For more information, visit animalrescue.org.

Dad Details:

His children: Ross has three children ranging in age from 24 to 32 years old, and has a 19-month-old grandchild.

Favorite part of being a father: “I love spending time with my kids. They older they get, the more I learn from them.”

Father’s Day tradition: “We all spend time relaxing together and enjoying everyone’s company. We get together with my parents and siblings and their children for a big family dinner.”

On raising his children in Pittsburgh: “The spirit and people of Pittsburgh have allowed me to raise my children with solid values and with an appreciation for family and contributing to the needs of the community.”

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Jim Ross wears: Maui Jim “162 Kahuna” sunglasses, $279, Eyetique.

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The Bob Pompeani Charity Golf Classic

Now retired from a career as an educator, Sam Abatta has been a proud supporter of the Bob Pompeani Charity Golf Classic, benefitting Partners For Quality, every year since its inception in 1992. The proceeds from the tournament help the organization, which serves people with intellectual disabilities and children with behavioral health problems by providing for their critical needs. Abatta has had the opportunity to watch the organization grow into “one of the finest human service providers of its kind in the Pittsburgh area,” he says. Abatta and his wife, Janet, are friends of Bob and Lisa Pompeani and are pleased to be able to support their efforts each year.

The Bob Pompeani Charity Golf Classic benefitting the Partners For Quality Foundation takes place June 18 at Chartiers Country Club. For more information, call 412.446.0702.

Dad Details:

His children: Sam and Janet Abatta have two daughters: Nicole, 31, married to Josh Katsur with two children, Soleil (3) and Greyson (2); and Sonni, 30, a former KDKA-TV anchor, now anchoring at FOX35 in Orlando, married to Andrew Orosz.

Favorite part of being a father: “Always being there for the girls. The distance doesn’t change that. I talk with them daily, and I’ll always support them.”

Father’s Day tradition: “Father’s Day is the one day of the year when they cater to me! We go to dinner, have a special dessert, and make it a festive affair!”

Summer vacation tradition: “We always take time for each other to go to the beach. Since the girls are in Florida, we head to the beach at Atlantis or the Florida beaches.”

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Sam Abatta wears: BOSS Round Chronograph watch, $450, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall.

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The Charlie Ross Memorial Charity Invitational

Attorney Jon Perry of Rosen, Louik, and Perry, P.C., and his wife, Joni, founded Pennies From Heaven to help economically challenged families remain in the hospital with their sick children, and have raised more than $1.5 million, aiding more than 30,000 families. The Apple Open Golf Outing is one of Pennies From Heaven’s main fundraisers, with funds going directly to a family in need. “The board takes care of everything for the event,” Perry says, “From planning, to sponsorship, to the post-golf party. We even greet each guest and check them in at the beginning of the day.”

The Apple Open Golf Outing benefitting Pennies From Heaven takes place May 29 at Treesdale Country Club. For more information, visit penniesfromheavenpittsburgh.org.

Dad Details:

His children: Jon and Joni Perry have two sons: Alex, 17, and Trevor, 14.

Favorite part of being a father: “I have loved every minute of being a father. Watching my boys grow up and mature and being so involved in their lives has been incredibly rewarding. I feared I would miss the relationship we had when they were young and very dependent, but as they aged, our relationship grew as well, and the rewards are truly endless.”

Father’s Day tradition: “It’s kids’ choice, and we do anything they want to do, eat anywhere they want to eat, and see how much fun we can pack into one day.”

Summer vacation tradition: We go to Aruba every year with a very close group of friends. We snorkel, golf, enjoy the sun, and eat great seafood.”

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Jon Perry wears: Martin Dingman “Beck” Belt, $49.50, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall.

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DougLioon Doug Lioon

The Cancer Caring Center’s HVL Golf Tournament

Attorney Jon Perry of Rosen, Louik, and Perry, P.C., and his wife, Joni, founded Pennies From Heaven to help economically challenged families remain in the hospital with their sick children, and have raised more than $1.5 million, aiding more than 30,000 families. The Apple Open Golf Outing is one of Pennies From Heaven’s main fundraisers, with funds going directly to a family in need. “The board takes care of everything for the event,” Perry says, “From planning, to sponsorship, to the post-golf party. We even greet each guest and check them in at the beginning of the day.”

 

The Apple Open Golf Outing benefitting Pennies From Heaven takes place May 29 at Treesdale Country Club. For more information, visit penniesfromheavenpittsburgh.org.

Dad Details:

His children: Lioon and his wife, Michelle, have three children: Lauren, 28, Michael, 26, and Doug Jr., 22.

Favorite part of being a father: “Being in a position to teach your children about your life’s experiences in the hope that they can use it in defining who they are.”

Father’s Day tradition: “Eating burgers and watching the U.S. Open together.”

Summer vacation tradition: The Lioons try to get to Europe, especially Italy, where they hang out and love to eat. “No better food than in Italy, in our opinion.”

On raising his child in Pittsburgh: “Pittsburgh is a great place to raise a family for many reasons, including local values, exceptional school districts, culture, four seasons, the business community, and our professional sports teams.”

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Doug Lioon wears: Chrome Hearts “Bone Polisher” sunglasses, $1,795, Eyetique.

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The Charlie Ross Memorial Charity Invitational

Marvin Gold is President of the Board of Mainstay Life Services, which provides residential services for developmentally disabled adults. Nine years ago, he was recruited by Charlie Ross, a 19-year member of Mainstay’s Board of Directors, to serve on the board. Ross, who established and chaired the annual charity golf outing in 1991, passed away in April of 2007. Since, the annual tournament has been named for Ross. “He was an amazing man who touched many in all aspects of his life,” Gold says.

 

The Charlie Ross Memorial Charity Invitational benefitting Mainstay Life Services takes place September 14, at Quicksilver Golf Club. For more information, visit mainstaylifeservices.org.

Dad Details:

His children: Gold has one son, Max, 22. “He has an amazing curiosity about how the world works.”

Favorite part of being a father: “The wonderful memories of him growing up that I relive each day, and a hug when we greet each other. There is something very special and shared with that hug.”

Father’s Day tradition: “My birthday and Father’s Day are always in the same week, if not the same day. For many years, it was watching my son and his teammates play soccer in tournaments.”

Summer vacation tradition: “We used to have two-week trips to places all over the U.S. Even if we flew, we rented a car and stayed in many places visiting friends and discovering the many incredible places in the U.S.”

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Marvin Gold wears: Norman Childs Eyewear “Beacon” sunglasses, $295, Eyetique.

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The Robert Morris University Sixth Annual Colonial Golf Classic

As President of Robert Morris University, Greg Dell’Omo is very involved with the Joe Walton Celebrity Spring Classic. This is the 19th year of the tournament, which benefits department athletes and scholarships for students. The tournament is named for current RMU head football coach, Joe Walton. Walton played eight seasons in the NFL, and has served as head coach of the New York Jets, and was the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1990 to 1991 under Head Coach Chuck Noll. This July, Dell’Omo will also support RMU’s Colonial Golf Classic.

The Robert Morris University Sixth Annual Colonial Golf Classic takes place July 13 at Allegheny Country Club. For more information, rmucolonials.com.

Dad Details:
His children: Dell’Omo has a daughter and two sons: Lara, 30, Nicholas, 25, and Vincent, 22. Dell’Omo and his wife, Polly, plan on traveling to Washington, D.C. on Father’s Day to spend time with their first granddaughter, Mila Claire.
Favorite part of being a father: “Watching my kids grow up to be young adults. Becoming a grandfather is everything I thought it would be and more.”
Father’s Day tradition: “My kids don’t always have a particular Father’s Day tradition, but they do come together to celebrate with me.”
On raising his children in Pittsburgh: Though Dell’Omo only moved to Pittsburgh in 2005, he did have the chance to watch his sons attend schools in the area. His youngest attended Upper St. Clair High School, while his oldest attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate degree.

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Greg Dell’Omo wears: Polo Ralph Lauren “Vito” Slip-On Sneakers in Wicket, $58.95, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall.

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This article is featured in the June 2012 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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