Golf tourney in memory of local man
Region – Although the Sarkisians now live in Florida, they are honoring their late son with a local golf tournament to raise money for cancer research.
The Andrew Sarkisian Golf Tournament will be held Saturday Sept. 27 at the New England Country Club in Bellingham. Proceeds will benefit the Dana Farber Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
The tournament is named for the Westborough native who died in April 2007 from t-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
His father, Robert Sarkisian, has already raised more than $28,000 with a similar tournament in Florida, where he and his wife now live, said Dot Mello, a local volunteer for the tournament.
"Bob Sarkisian has been a fervent fund-raiser for Dana Farber and cancer research in hopes that no other family will have to endure the pain that Andrew did and that they did," Dot said of her former neighbors. "Andrew grew up in a Westborough neighborhood, and went through Westborough schools."
Andrew was known as an athlete, playing soccer and tennis, as well as golf, she said.
"Dad and the boys loved to go out and play golf," Dot said. "[Bob] is coming back, and many of Andrew's former colleagues and friends will be joining him on the links."
Tournament registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11. Lunch and a dinner reception are included in the $140 entry fee for the 18 rounds of golf with a cart and goody bag. There will also be a silent auction and raffle in the evening. Those who want to attend only the evening events can do so for $30.
For more information, visit http://andrewsbeamersgolf.googlepages. com/home or call Sal Siano at 508-333-1900.
Dot said she and her husband, Jim, will help out, along with many others.
"Can you imagine anything worse than losing a child? No parent can even imagine it," she said.
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