While the weather forecast may have predicted rain, good St. Joseph interceded for us as the skies parted and sun shined on our sixth annual golf tournament on June 9. Joined by nearly 100 golfers, we were pleased to honor Holy Family Residence volunteers Pete and MaryCarol Kanton on this special day.
Prior to the 1 p.m. shot-gun start, the golfers enjoyed a pre-tournament reception. At the reception, the players snacked on juicy strawberries from DiMare Fresh, Inc., perfectly ripened bananas from Hazzouri Brothers & Co., Inc. Banana Distributors, crispy potato chips from UTZ Quality Foods, Inc., and ice cold water courtesy of Dunmore Oil.
Following a welcome from Mother Maureen and tournament co-chairman Gene Cosgrove, Father E. Francis Kelly, chaplain of Holy Family Residence, offered a prayer for the golfers as well as the individuals and businesses that supported the tournament. After Father’s prayer, Patrick Salmon Jr. kicked off the tournament with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America” on the bagpipes.
As the golfers hit the links, they enjoyed the various challenges of the course, but nothing was more of a test of skill than trying to hit a hole-in-one on the second hole – and with good reason – if you did you won a brand new car! While nobody sunk that precious shot to win the car from Matt Burne Honda, two people came within feet of the pin.
After four hours of play, the golfers and volunteers enjoyed a nice dinner together. Following dinner, Mother and Mr. Cosgrove presented the tournament and raffle winners with their prizes as well as our honorees with a St. Jeanne Jugan medallion.
It really was a great day for all of us, and it was made even better with the leadership of our tournament co-chairmen Patrick J. Sheridan, Gene Cosgrove, Chris James, and Bob Blaker as well as our dedicated committee members: Debbi Bean, Joan Blaker, Lisa Blaker, Charlie Cascio, Jim Conaboy, Kevin Conaboy, Theresa Durkin, Joyce Gaylets, Tracy Genell, Bill and Kathy Hughes, Ann Kwak, Charlie Butler, Pat Salmon, Kim Simchak, Janet Skibinski, Tim Speicher, and David Tressler.
We would also like to give a special acknowledgement to WNEP TV-16, their sports director and anchor Jim Coles, and meteorologist Kurt Aaron for all of the wonderful publicity they provided about the tournament and for taking the time out of their busy schedules to share the day with us.
To download and view our program from the event please click here. The program lists the sponsors, prize donors, and benefactors whose generosity helped make this event possible.
To view a slide show of photos from this event, please click here.