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40th Annual BGCL Golf Tournament Exceeds Fundraising Goal

June 30, 2019

Through the support of more than 250 golfers, the 40th annual golf tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence (BGCL) exceeded its fundraising goal. 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 complimentary photos of the foursomes. The evening program included cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions.

Jim Lacourse of North Andover was presented with an award honoring his longtime dedication to the tournament. Larry Yameen of Lawrence was recognized as chairman of the club's Golf Committee, and award-winning WBZ-TV sports anchor and reporter Dan Roche served as the live auction emcee.

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, premier tickets to the Boston Red Sox and Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, a barbecue for 20 sponsored by Party Connection, a Wachusett Mountain sky box package, a membership to Drive Custom Fit in Salem, N.H. and stocked drink coolers and gift baskets. In addition, several individuals donated to In With Kids, which provides a financially disadvantaged child with a one-year club membership including a nutritious lunch during the summer and dinner year-round.

The keynote speaker was Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence alumna Marielis Rodriguez, who described the myriad of ways in which staff members helped her become a first-generation college student. Rodriguez will enter UMass Amherst this fall, where she will study aeronautical engineering.

"Although my mother worked multiple jobs, she could never afford to pay for me and my brothers to participate in after-school activities," she recalled. "The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence is the greatest second home any kid could ever have. The club helped me believe in myself and my abilities, then gave me the tools to succeed and make something of myself."

"On behalf of my brothers and sisters at the club," she added, "I want to thank each and every one of you, for not just changing, but saving our lives."

 

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Over 250 children daily participate in the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence homework room.