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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Jeff Kessel
BRADFORD, Pa. -- The Kessel Klassic Golf Outing to benefit the Jeffrey Brian Kessel Memorial Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will take place Friday.

The four-person scramble will take place at the Pennhills Club in Bradford. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start slated for 10 a.m.

Ann and Dick Kessel established the Jeffrey Brian Kessel Memorial Scholarship at Pitt-Bradford in 2003. Jeff Kessel died of cancer in 2001 at the age of 41.

Kessel graduated from Pitt-Bradford in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in social studies. He was a cousin of Dick Kessel and worked for his business, Kessel Construction Inc., for 12 years, the last six as general manager.

“Jeffrey was a great manager, and a great salesman,” Ann Kessel said. “He was so focused on being all he could be. Every time you’d turn around, he was reaching higher and higher to greater heights.”

Jeff Kessel was a dedicated community volunteer and leader, serving as mayor of Limestone, New York, from 1989 until 1999, when he was named Limestone's Man of the Decade. Also in 1999, he received the Cattaraugus County (New York) Community Leadership Award.

“Everyone knew Jeff. He walked into a room and filled it with his personality. He was very well respected and admired,” Ann Kessel said.

Since it was established, the Jeffrey Brian Kessel Scholarship has helped 49 students. Recipients during the 2016-17 academic year were Jaqueline Bedford, a human relations major from Kane; Karen Clow, a sociology major from Marienville; Lisa Marie Cook, a psychology major from Rixford; Alexa Gross, a human relations major from Allegany, New York; Sierra Rose, a criminal justice major from Cuba, New York; and Morgan Watson, a sociology major from Limestone.

Proceeds from the golf outing benefit the scholarship fund. More than $4,000 in prizes will be available.

The outing is open to the public. The $155 fee includes golf shirt, travel mug, balls, tees, greens fees, cart rental, breakfast, lunch and a prime rib dinner as well as drinks on the course.

For more information or to register, contact Fran Stewart in the Pitt-Bradford Office of Institutional Advancement at fstewart@pitt.edu or 814-362-5091.

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