Monday, November 14, 2016

Harley-Davidson golf car raffle brings in five-figure donation for special cause

The final tally is in...

The raffle for the Harley-Davidson golf car once owned by our co-founder Nelson Jackson brought in $10,000 for a cause dear to our hearts, Marti’s Wish.

Greg Bender, (right) manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, presents the $10,000 check to Harry Parnell, Marti's widower. 
Marti Parnell was a valued teammate at Ocean Lakes for 35 years who was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer and passed away last year. The money raised through this raffle goes to the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina to bring awareness and possible research of Signet Ring Cell Carcinoma of the stomach.  
Thank you for supporting this effort by buying a raffle ticket over the summer. And congrats to the winner Seymour Port of Little River who had known Marti for 20-plus years.

Seymour Port of Little River won this custom Harley-Davidson Golf Car in a raffle at Ocean Lakes to raise money for Marti's Wish.

Greg Bender, manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars who organized the raffle, presented a ceremonial check to Marti’s widower, Harry Parnell, on Friday.

Harry aims to keep Marti’s generous spirit going by raising awareness of this disease and funding research for a cure, early detection or advanced treatments.

“She was always thinking about everybody else,” he said. “Hopefully this is going to really help someone someday.”

Many of our longtime guests knew Marti, who worked in the Main Office for more than three decades welcoming visitors to Ocean Lakes Family Campground and to the Myrtle Beach area.

Marti Parnell was a valued teammate at Ocean Lakes for more than three decades. She was named Outstanding Teammate in 2007.

Want to help Marti's Wish? A barbecue fund-raiser is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Pavilion Beverage, U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach. The event will include barbecue plates for $10, live entertainment and raffles.

Learn more about Marti's Wish and other ways you can donate here.