“Memorial Lane,” as some people call the walkway in front of the Connecticut National Golf Clubhouse, never looked brighter than it did Saturday during the Johnston Memorial Cancer Events 16th annual benefit tournament.
As Linda LaFazia, who is among the JMCE’s close-knit friends who founded the golf go-round, was saying: “We were amazed at the amount of memorial and other business signs. It was breathtaking to see them all on display.”
There were over 200 signs that supporters purchased for $50 each, that lined the putting green and clubhouse areas that go a long way in helping Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the JMCE’s long-time beneficiary.
Likewise, there were 28 major sponsors that paid $500 each to help the all-volunteer non-profit smash all records to uphold its extraordinary giving that is closing in on the $400,000 mark in the past 12 years.
And to think as many committee members emphasized: “We had a waiting list of 40-plus golfers.”
As it was, the JMCE’s 16th tournament featured 160 players who enjoyed the mega-foods pre-tee off luncheon and valuable raffle prizes that help boost the total amount of money raised every year.
“The tournament was a huge success,” said Vin LaFazia, the event’s longtime tireless chairman. “We were sold out – again – and the weather was perfect, the food was great, and the camaraderie was at an all-time high.”
Each golfer was given a shirt, ball markers, along with cigars that were a huge hit.
“We are so thankful to all who come out and support us - but especially thankful to our major sponsors,” LaFazia went on while praising Graham Builders, Affiliated Insurance Managers, A & A Wrecking, Muldowney Physical Therapy, DiGregorio Corporation the families and many others.”
LaFazia also noted that Bentley Construction/RICON generously supplied a sleeve of Srixon golf balls for each player.
Likewise, LaFazia as well as each committee member wanted it known: “To have Ray Johnson on the committee. Ray, along with Michael Sabitoni and the laborer’s union have been a great supporter to the JMCE and Hasbro Children’s Hospital over the years.”
Ray’s father Raymond in fact, is one of six people for whom the popular tourney is played. The others are Sal Gelsomino, Anna Marzulli, Laura DeAngelis, John Furia and Frances Grasso. Moreover, many members of their families have led to overwhelming success through the years.
All of which as Judi Graham - who along with her husband David owns and operates Graham Builders and are among the founding members says by way of her now famous slogan “One SWING at a time” to the continue JMCE’s fight to helping children beat their bouts with cancer!
Saturday, those super special swings helped raise an extraordinary total of $28,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
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