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39th Annual BGCL Golf Tournament Raises $190,000

July 09, 2018

More than 250 golfers raised $190,000 at the 39th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence golf tournament held recently at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The event is one of the club's largest fundraisers for critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement for more than 4,000 youth members at two locations.

At the tournament, which sold out two months in advance, golfers were treated to meals plus continuous refreshments along the course, contests, raffles, a generous allotment of golf balls, gift bags and complementary photos of the foursomes. The evening program included cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions.

The keynote speaker was club alumna Kiara Pichardo, a Fitchburg State University graduate who recently performed in her first professional play, "Top Girls," at the Huntington Theatre. Award-winning sports anchor and reporter Dan Roche served as the auction emcee, and Larry Yameen of Lawrence was recognized as chairman of the club's 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, a cigar party for eight at Two Guys Smoke Shop in Salem, N.H., premier Red Sox tickets, autographed New England Patriots memorabilia and stocked drink coolers and gift baskets from beverage 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.

Mike Petinge, president of Abel Womack in Lawrence, was a youth member of the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn which named him Boy of the Year in 1984. He has supported the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence since establishing his business in the community in 1999.

"If you haven't experienced a Boys & Girls Club personally, you have no idea how much it brings to the table," said Petinge, who serves on the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Development Committee. "The mission of changing kids' lives is close to my heart. I'm all in."

Todd Berberian, owner of Todd Rogers Eyewear in Andover, participated in the golf tournament for the first time as a guest of Stephen Harrington, chief financial officer of Asahi/America which supports the club year-round.
Berberian enjoyed the experience so much that he has already pre-registered for next year's golf tournament. He said it was especially meaningful to hear first-hand how the club inspires youth members to set ambitious goals and then work hard to achieve them. In her keynote speech, Pichardo expressed gratitude for the school supplies, clothing and food she received while developing the life skills and confidence to follow her dreams.

"When you hear the difference the club has made in so many lives," he said, "you feel proud to participate in a first-class event supporting such a first-class organization."

For more information, visit www.lawrencebgc.com.

 

Did You Know?

Alumni of the Club include the Mayors of Lawrence and Methuen, the President of Merrimack College, the Director of the Lawrence Housing Authority and the CEO of Pebble Beach.