By Debra Roberts, Contributing Writer
NORTHBOROUGH – The Friends of Jay Dion Memorial Golf Classic recently announced that they will once again host their namesake event at Juniper Hill in Northborough on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.
The annual event is held in honor of longtime Northborough resident, Jay Dion.
“Jay had an impact on everyone he met and we want this event to have an impact as big as Jay’s personality,” a recent press release stated.
Dion passed away unexpectedly in 2016 at the age of 52, due to a rare and aggressive form of cancer known as NUT-midline carcinoma, leaving behind his wife Gayle and two children, Logan and Tyler.
The golf classic had in its first three years generated several hundred thousand dollars for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund as well as the the Jay Dion Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors in need. However, last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The title sponsor for the golf classic is Boston Scientific, where Dion worked as an engineering manager. The event’s planning committee is looking for several more sponsors to help make it a successful event and is offering several types of sponsorship opportunities on its website.
The golf classic itself will kick off with a Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar at breakfast. Numerous festivities include contests, giveaways, a boxed lunch, BBQ dinner banquet, guest speakers, live entertainment/DJ, raffles, as well as silent and live auctions. Banquet tickets will also be available for non-golfers. All proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund and the Jay Dion Scholarship fund.
“Please join us as we honor Jay,” the planning committee states on its event website. “Let his legacy be a reminder that life is short and that we all must do our part to be better people.”
Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now open on the website at: friends-of-jay-dion.perfectgolfevent.com.