Lions Club hosting golf tournament to support Ronald McDonald House expansion

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This week’s sudden reprieve in the winter weather – accompanied by temperatures that have climbed into the high 40s – has people like Joe Swift thinking about spring and golf.

So much so, in fact, that Swift announced Monday that the Johnston Lions Club will hold a special golf tournament on Friday, May 29 at Crystal Lake Country Club in Burrillville.

“Back a few months, we were proud to participate in the program at the ambitious expansion of the Ronald McDonald House in Providence, but this tourney will enable the club to take fundraising to another level,” said Swift, the club’s long-serving president.

All proceeds from the tournament will support that ongoing expansion drive, which will enable more room stays for families of children who are being treated for cancer at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

The tournament is being co-sponsored by the Johnston Lions Club and Highland Memorial Park Cemetery. The entry fee is $125 per golfer and includes green fees, a cart, a box lunch, a post-tournament dinner, a charity package and awards.

In previous years, Highland Memorial Park Cemetery used to sponsor a golf tournament, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

“We’ve lined up some real nice prizes,” said Swift, who is co-chairing the event with fellow Lions Club member Robert Civetti.

The most impressive will be items like $10,000 or round-trip domestic airfare for two. The elite prize list also includes two other valuable prizes, one being a 26-inch Sharp LCD flat-screen television and the other a set of Callaway Big Bertha Irons. In order to win any of the aforementioned four prizes, a golfer must record an ace on one of four designated holes at Crystal Lake Country Club during the tournament.

Swift also announced player registration on May 29 will begin at 12:30 p.m., and a Texas scramble shotgun start will be sounded at 1 p.m.

“We’re hoping to have a large playing field,” he said. “By then all the snow – we certainly hope – should be off the course.”

Swift and Civetti, who are also the driving forces behind the club’s unique college scholarship program, said tee sponsor signs are being sold at only $50 per sign.

“It’s a great way of promoting or getting recognition for your business,” Swift said.

Anyone who’d like to reserve a playing spot or foursome may do so by calling Swift at 231-9120 or Civetti at 401-265-1041.

BILLBOARD UPDATE

In other related news, Swift said that the Lions Club’s billboard located off Atwood Avenue near the entrance to Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School is currently being used in a joint effort between the Johnston Police Department and Tri-Town Community Action Agency to dispose of excess or expired prescription medicines.

The billboard – bearing the question “Got Drugs?” – directs community members to call the police department or Tri-Town for information on how to dispose of unwanted medication.

“Once the weather finally breaks, the second of four award-winning entries in a recent school-wide bullying competition will be affixed” to the billboard, Swift said.

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