Mini-golf fundraiser nets hefty $60,000 for youths; Boys & Girls Club to benefit.
LANCASTER - Golfers braved threatening skies to participate in the fourth annual Mini-Golf Classic to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Massachusetts.
"The showers held off long enough for us to get some golfing in," said Daniel M. Asquino, Boys & Girls Club board president.
The event was held recently at the Lancaster Golf Center and raised $60,000 to help support programs for the more than 500 youth who attend the organization's programs. Last year's event raised almost $50,000.
About 150 youth attended the event, to golf, play basketball, and demonstrate their skills in the batting cage at the facility.
The Mini Golf Classic involved 18 foursomes, consisting of three club members and a donor competing in a mini-golf competition.
"I had a great time," said Alexxis Link, 9, of the Leominster clubhouse. "I think this is a good idea to get all of the kids together with the adults."
"I like to see the kids from the other club," said Brooke Phaneuf, 10, also of the Leominster clubhouse. "This is a great event because it's helping the Boys & Girls Club out."
Children who are involved with the programs in the Fitchburg and Leominster clubhouses will have more opportunities to be together because Sept. 1, the Boys & Girls Club will be combining its Fitchburg and Leominster locations and moving into the former Julie Country Day School, Lindell Avenue, Leominster.
The Trustees of Reservations and Boys & Girls Club of North Central Massachusetts recently signed an agreement to lease the former Julie Country Day School from The Trustees of Reservations, effective Sept. 1, with an option to buy the building.
The school is on Trustees' property, next to the Doyle Reservation and Doyle Conservation Center, and includes 150 acres of trails and open space.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for us to take this club to the next level," Mr. Asquino said.
"We couldn't do this without the support of our wonderful sponsors," said Donna Silberstein, who co-chaired the event with Jessica Swift of Maugel Architects Inc.
"Every year we do this event, the awareness out in the community grows," Ms. Silberstein said. "I'm not saying it gets easier to put this event on, but people know what the Boys & Girls Club is all about - how important the programs are to the young people of Fitchburg and Leominster, so they come out to support us."
Other members of the committee who worked on this year's event are: Timothy Norton, Apex Properties; Joseph Cadette, KCMC Management/Dunkin Donuts; Dr. Fernando Catalina, Medical Associates Pediatrics; Rick Thurman, Sentinel and Enterprise; Dawn Vieno, Apex Properties; and Allison Wollen, Health Alliance.
The major sponsor for the event was Aubuchon Hardware Co. and the family of William E. Aubuchon III; birdie sponsor was Redline Wall Systems; par sponsor was Maugel Architects Inc. and the T-shirt sponsor was Apex Properties.
Lancaster Golf donated the facility for the event and the Ninety-Nine Restaurant provided a barbecue for the participants.
CUTLINE: Taking a break from the Mini-Golf Classic are, from left, Audrey MacDonald, 10; Tiana Roman, 9, and Alexxis Link, 9, all of the Leominster clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Massachusetts.
PHOTOG: ANNA L. GRIFFIN