Golf tournament raises $25,000
Hudson – Clubs in hand, more than 140 golfers showed up July 14 for the 16th annual R.F. Wood Children's Classic Golf tournament. This year's tournament raised over $25,000 with all the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest.
"It was a really successful year," said Julie Horrigan, the club's vice president of development.
The friends and family of R.F. Wood started the tournament as a memorial to him and his involvement with the club.
"This tournament came out of this wonderful man who was dedicated to the kids," Horrigan said. "It was a heartwarming, special day."
To continue to honor Wood's dedication to volunteering, each year the Boys & Girls Club presents the R.F. Wood award to a volunteer who exemplifies the qualities that he valued. This year's award recipient is Marlborough resident, former club member and employee David Roach Jr.
Because of Roach's generous donations and commitment to volunteering, "it was really appropriate that he got the award," Horrigan said.
Due to the economy and increasing needs, the turnout at many organizations' golf tournaments have been low this year and other fund-raising eff orts across the community have also been met with challenges. Despite this, Horrigan said, the support of the DCU, which sponsored the event, and the dedicated golfers who return year after year were very generous once again.
"DCU is very proud to be a sponsor of the 16th Annual R.F. Wood Kids Classic Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest," said Donna Russo, DCU vice president of human resources. "It was heartwarming to hear the many stories from adults who are determined to give back to the club all they received as children. Many attribute their success today to the support, encouragement, and opportunity to grow personally that they, too, received as children from the club."
The club, which offers year-round programs for children in the community, is one of the most aff ordable recreational options for children.
"The mission behind the model is to never turn a child away," Horrigan said. Their camps cost $165 a week and school year programs cost $25 a year, she explained, and the club takes each situation on a case-bycase basis.
"In all of our programs there is a critical need," Horrigan said.
The Boys & Girls Club serves a diverse socio-economic population, and its programs focus on five core areas. From an emphasis on tobacco and drug prevention and physical fitness to social recreation and technology programs, the club offers something for all children.
"The best thing is, when kids come through the door, they are just friends," Horrigan said. "They are just kids, regardless of their socioeconomic background."
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