Golfers swing for seniors


Southborough – The 17th annual Falconi Family Memorial Golf Tournament will once again be looking to have another successful showcase Monday Sept. 15 at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough. Golfers will have the chance to participate in a variety of diff erent competitions with the chance to win prizes. All the money raised will benefi t the Southborough Senior Center through the Friends of the Council on Aging.

For Brian Donovan, the chair of this year's event, it's an important day for the town.

"It was a great event and we're hoping to have another good year," Donovan said. "The people really seemed to enjoy themselves."

The fund-raiser is in honor of John Falconi, who passed away from cancer several years ago. John's brother Jimmy Falconi made a significant contribution to the planning.

"I've worked with Jimmy Falconi and he's really the man responsible for holding this," Donovan said. "He's done a lot for the town."

Last year's event proved to be a big success, with over 120 golfers and 30 sponsors signed up. The amount of money raised reached $7,500. Donovan hopes to top that this year.

"This year ,we hope to raise $10,000," Donovan said. "That would make it the largest fund-raiser for the Friends of the Council on Aging. We've done other events where we raised $2,000. This is the one that really makes the most money for us."

There is a host of diff erent events to compete in at the tournament. Participants can compete in a Par 3 contest. On these holes, people have a chance to win a new car, $10,000, golf clubs or a laptop. There will also be a longest drive competition, raffle s and a silent auction. After golfing, there will be a banquet held with burgers, steaks and ribs.

This event wouldn't be possible without the help of sponsors.

"All the local businesses have been very supportive," Donovan said. "They support the Senior Center in many other ways through other fund-raisers, but this is the opportunity to do the most."

Donovan feels that this year is especially important. With a struggling economy, senior citizens are the ones who need the most assistance. This event will be a way to help them.

"This year it's more important than ever," Donovan said. " … The cost for fuel in the winter time and the cost of food is going to be high. It's going to be a difficul t year.

"If someone is down and out and they need money for food or fuel, this money will be used to help them in that regard as well."

The money will also go toward providing seniors with educational programs, field trips, foreign language classes and exercise sessions. These are all activities that they wouldn't normally be able to receive without the help of the community.

Anyone interested in playing in the Falconi Family Memorial Golf Tournament can sign up at the Southborough Senior Center. The cost is $125 per person.