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38th Annual BGCL Golf Tournament Raises $180,000

July 13, 2017

More than 250 golfers raised $180,000 at the 38th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Golf Tournament held recently at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The golf tournament is one of the club's largest fundraisers, providing a significant portion of the annual operating budget for critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement for more than 4,400 youth members at two locations.

At the event, which sold out three weeks in advance, golfers were treated to meals plus continuous refreshments along the course, contests, raffles, a generous allotment of golf balls, a massage station, gift bags and complementary foursome photos in addition to cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions. The keynote speaker was club alumna Cecilia Reyes, who is triple-majoring in psychology, Spanish and business marketing at Merrimack College. Award-winning sports anchor and reporter Dan Roche served as the auction emcee, and Larry Yameen of Lawrence was recognized as chairman of the Golf Committee.

Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, said he was "humbled" by the generosity of community members whose sponsorships and donations of auction items "literally help keep our doors open." They included golf for four at the International Golf Club in Bolton, tickets to Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour, premier Boston Red Sox tickets, New England Patriots memorabilia, and drink coolers and gift baskets filled with beverages from beer and wine sponsors. In addition, several individuals donated to In With Kids, which provides a financially disadvantaged child with a one-year club membership including a nutritious meal every night.

Stephen Harrington, chief financial officer of Asahi/America, said he is proud that his company sponsors the club's annual golf tournament, auction and walkathon. In addition, the company donated 25 turkeys to needy club families last Thanksgiving.

"We can play golf any day of the week, but the reason we're all here is to support this great cause," he said. "I made up my mind to support the club the day I walked through its doors and saw how much fun the kids were having in this place they call their second home. I was hooked right from the start."

Timothy Daniels, business development manager at Advantage Solutions, participated in his fourth club golf tournament, which his company also sponsors. "As one of five children, I think all kids should have people in their lives who encourage and support their development in school, sports and community service," he said. "Knowing that proceeds from this event help make that happen is a beautiful thing."

In her keynote speech, Reyes described the myriad of ways in which club staff members have helped to make her dream of a college education a reality.

"The club fed me, clothed me, taught me the value of education, hard work and respect, and it showed me the game I grew to love: basketball," said Reyes, who earned scholarships to The Governor's Academy and Merrimack College. "Next spring, as I become the first member of my family to graduate from college, I will accept all three of my degrees because of your generosity. On behalf of my fellow club members, thank you - for not only changing, but in many cases, saving our lives."

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Did You Know?

There are currently over 150 members of the 1891 Club, the most prestigious donor society at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.