Johnston Memorial Cancer Events co-ed golf tourney set to return


Records, people in a number of sports will attest, are made to be broken.

That’s especially true for ladies like Judi Graham and Linda LaFazia – as well as the all-volunteer non-profit known as the highly-acclaimed Johnston Memorial Cancer Events that continues to smash its all-time fund-raising records every year.

The main reason for the JMCE’s storied success is actually two-fold: first, friends in a small, close-knit group of people who enjoy playing golf and are hopeful and second, as Graham says with a special sincerity ringing in her voice, “We all can only hope that someday there will be a cure!”

Perhaps that’s why Graham and her JMCE golf gang – as well as the generous members of famed and picturesque Glocester Country Club which was founded in 1929 and sits on the shore of Waterman Lake in Chepachet – will attempt to break yet another record on Sunday, Sept. 26 during the 7th Annual Co-Ed Memorial Golf Tournament.

Although that may be a tall order, considering that last year’s tourney raised a record $10,772 which was $2,100 more than the 2019 event, Graham’s golfers have their sights set on another record year that will result in the JMCE’s on-going commitment to the Hematology-Oncology Department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

In the last dozen years, the JMCE has raised an extraordinary total of nearly $300,000 that’s used, as LaFazia recently offered: “To help those children who have unfortunately been stricken with cancer and are being treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.”

So, if you’d like to become one of the JMCE’s heart-warming heroes and helpers, consider signing up for the 18-hole, 7th Annual Co-Ed Memorial Golf Tourney that will tee off on one o’clock at Glocester Country Club after yet another of the non-profit’s famous pre-event luncheons.

Entry fee is $100 per golfer and the scramble format will be used in this year’s tourney, which will have a field of only 72 golfers. Graham and LaFazia are also requesting all checks be made payable to the JMCE – which is a 501c3 organization – and sent to David and Judi Graham, 97 Pineledge Road in Glocester, RI 02828.

“We are again excited about this year’s tournament,” Graham noted with a special smile on her face noting that dinner will be served after the event at GCC. “Many of the (GCC) members play in the tourney and Golf Pro Stan Baluik and Course Superintendent Ralph Simonelli always roll out the welcome mat for us.”

If you’re not a golfer and would like to help boost the JMCE’s coffers, Graham and LaFazia announced that they will welcome any and all memorial and business tee signs which are priced at just $60 per sign.

For more information, please call Graham at (401) 497-2954 or LaFazia at (401) 233-2564 every dollar that’s raised goes to help children in the Hematology-Oncology Department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital where the mission is: “Every Child, Every Day.”


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