By Melanie Petrucci, Senor Community Reporter
Shrewsbury/Westborough – The heat on Aug. 19 did not dampen the spirits of 144 golfers who gathered at The Haven Country Club in Boylston for the fifth annual Hannah Kane Charity Classic Golf Tournament to benefit three local charities: St. Anne’s Human Services, Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS), and the Westborough Food Pantry. Each received $20,000 of the $60,000 raised.
State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) thanked this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Grossman Development Group, at the shot-gun start.
“It’s always an honor to contribute to this great set of charities,” Howard Grossman explained. “Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services has always been a great charity and the Food Pantry and St. Anne’s are so deserving. It keeps us at Grossman Development and The Lakeway Commons a part of this community in which we fully intend to stay.”
Kane noted that she was honored to be carrying on the tradition set almost 20 years ago by her predecessor, former State Representative and now Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
“The reason why I think we have such a successful tournament is because the people in our community believes strongly in the work that everybody does,” Kane remarked during taping of her Shrewsbury Media Connection cable show, “Conversations with Hannah Kane,” which took place during the tournament. Her guests were Christine Mowry, executive director of SYFS; Shelley L’Ecuyer, volunteer from St. Anne’s Human Services; and Dottie Green with the Westborough Food Pantry.
Mowry said that the funds raised will go towards addressing SYFS’s extensive wait list and prevention and education programming.
L’Ecuyer reported that St. Anne’s supports 4,300 families through its food pantry and the support of this tournament helps them continue outreach programs.
Green shared that the Westborough Food pantry takes care of 130 families, of which roughly 40 percent are elderly. The tournament helped them fund $10,000 in coupons for local farms.
First Place Awards went to Jim Regan, Craig Roy, Dave Dewitt and Dan Barrell with a score of 64 gross and Larry Barbash, Jane Barbash, Paul Vella and Liz Vella with a score of 49 net.
Kane remembered JoAnn Keegan, a dedicated volunteer at St. Anne’s Human Services who passed away earlier this year. She, along with Host Committee member and Shrewsbury Police Officer David Faucher, presented a plaque to her son, Marshall Erickson. Another will be installed in the pantry and thrift shop entrance at St. Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury.
“I had no idea that this would happen and I think that it was very nice of Hannah to invite me and St. Anne’s as well,” Erickson said. “I want to say a special thanks to Dave Faucher for making a tribute to my mom. It means a lot to me.”
Kane announced that the sixth annual Hannah Kane Charity Classic will be held Monday, August 17, 2020.
For more information and complete list of sponsors, visit www.hannahkanecharitablefoundation.com.