WHEELING - There's no denying Lary Loew loved the West Liberty Hilltoppers.
And the Hilltoppers loved him right back.
During one of Toppers' basketball games this past season, the university honored Loew by naming one of the coves in the ASRC where alumni sit and enjoy the game ''Lary's Loft.''
Even though Loew passed away in February of 2012, the 1975 graduate of the school still has a way of giving back to his beloved Hilltoppers with the annual Lary Loew Golf Scramble.
The scramble, which will take place at the Arnold Palmer Golf Course, at Oglebay Resort on June 24, raises funds to support scholarships for the Hilltopper football program and the first $3,000 raised will benefit the Robert and Nacy Loew Scholarship Fund, set up by Loew to honor his parents.
''Our annual Lary Loew Golf Scramble is a big part of our alumni tradition," vice president of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler said. ''Lary understood the importance of athletics to West Liberty and this event continues to honor his memory as it raises funds for athletic scholarships. We encourage all golfers and Topper fans to get involved.''
Those who want to participate in the scramble can register before the event at 11 a.m. A shotgun start will be at 1 that afternoon.
Once signed up, golfers will receive 18 holes of golf with a cart on the Palmer Course with on-course games and contests as well as refreshments on the course.
Lunch will be served upon arrival with dinner coming at the conclusion of the event.
There will also be special gifts for all who participate.
Loew, a Wheeling native who studied economics during his time on the hilltop, was added to the WLU Alumni Wall of Honor - the highest honor the alumni association can bestow on a graduate - in 2011.
He was also inducted into the Equitable Life Assurance Society (now AXA Financial) Hall of Fame after an award-winning professional career.
Loew founded his own company, The Cornerstone Group, the only full-service employee benefits agency in West Virginia.
An expert on healthcare reform who was active in the community, he also served on the boards of the West Liberty University Foundation, Northwood Health System, American Legion Post 1 and the West Virginia Golf Association.
Teams can find out more about registration by contacting Director of Annual Giving Stefanie Trouten at email@example.com or 304-336-8888.