Former Detroit Tigers star Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will receive the Hank Greenberg Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award at the Greenberg Invitational.


It’s winter, which makes it the perfect time to think about golf.

The lineup of award winners at the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation’s 28th annual Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf Invitational was announced last week, and it’s led by a popular former Detroit Tigers star.

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, a 2017 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, will receive the Hank Greenberg Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award on June 11 at Franklin Hills Country Club in Farmington Hills.

Rodriguez played for the Tigers from 2004-2008, helping lead them into the World Series in 2006.

The Dick Schaap Memorial Award for Media Excellence will be presented to his son, eight-time Emmy Award winning ESPN reporter and author Jeremy Schaap.

Dick Schaap and now Jeremy Schaap have been longtime participants in the dinner program that follows golf at the invitational. In fact, Jeremy Schaap once again will be the program’s emcee this year.

Jeremy Schaap

“The only times Jeremy hasn’t made it to the invitational is when he’s been on assignment with ESPN,” said invitational spokeswoman Sari Cicurel.

Ian Burnstein, president of the board of directors of the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, will receive the Barry Bremen Memorial Inspiration Award.

The clinic offers free health and dental services to low-income patients who are uninsured.

The clinic doesn’t receive funding from the federal government, and only about 1 percent of its annual budget comes from the state. Donations, grants and fund-raising events provide financial support.

The invitational is a fundraiser for the Karmanos Cancer Institute at the Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center, an award-winning outpatient facility in Farmington Hills.

Cicurel said there are spots open to play golf with celebrities at the invitational, but now’s the time to make reservations.

“We’ll sell out the golf spots again,” she said.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, as are tickets for the dinner program.

Contact foundation executive director David Blatt at, call (248) 763-1438 or go to

The annual invitational fundraising raffle for a trip to the Masters golf tournament also was announced last week.

Raffle tickets are $100, and 200 will be sold. The prize includes two tickets for the round on April 5, 6 or 7, 2019, plus one night of lodging, hospitality at a VIP lounge, shuttle service and a golf swing analysis

Transportation isn’t included, and the raffle winner must be at least age 21. The drawing will take place at the invitational, but the winner doesn’t need to be present.

Contact Blatt to buy a raffle ticket.

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