BRATTLEBORO -- More than 100 golfers played in picture perfect conditions at the Brattleboro Country Club on Wednesday, Aug. 6, helping make the Brattleboro Retreat’s ninth annual golf tournament a record-setting success.

With gross revenue marking an all-time high in the tournament’s history, the event netted over $39,000 for the Brattleboro Retreat’s programs for children.

Tournament proceeds help fund recreational opportunities for children in five different Retreat programs, including residential, inpatient, and school programs. These funds provide access to special programs including dance classes, circus instruction, YMCA trips, therapeutic horseback riding, petting farm passes, and drumming classes. Funds also support the purchase of additional sensory materials, art supplies, books, and recreational equipment.

This year’s Platinum Sponsor was Sodexo. Tournament Gold Sponsors were CHG Hospital Beds, Communicators Group; Downs Rachlin Martin; Economy Mechanical; GPI Construction; The Melanson Company; the Richards Group; WKVT radio; and WTSA radio.

Tournament Silver Sponsors were Bast Investment; Black Rock; Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; Brattleboro Ford-Subaru; Brattleboro Savings & Loan; Dominion Diagnostics; HP Cummings Construction; Howard Printing; Jackson Lewis; Physician Finders; and S&S Painting and Decorating.

Eleven Bronze Sponsors and 23 Hole Sponsors helped round out the list of event supporters.


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"This year’s golf tournament was an extraordinary success thanks to our fantastic vendors and partners," said Dr. Robert E. Simpson, president and chief executive officer. "Their support helps create an entire year of special opportunities for the children in our care. We are humbled by their generous response."

Winner of the tournament’s "First Gross" was a team representing Platinum Sponsor Sodexo, including David Marquis, Jack Varner, Pat Varner and Josh Cooleo. Winner of "First Net" was "Team Walker" with Elizabeth Walker, Eileen Ranslow, Terry Boyce and Toby Munsil.

Terry Boyce and Tyler Quinn won the Women’s and Men’s Longest Drive. Women’s and Men’s Closest to the Pin winners included Terry Boyce, Tammy Morse, Jill Zachary, Steve Barrett and Jack Varner.

Lucie Grand and Pat Varner won the Women’s and Men’s Straightest Drive. David Manning had the longest putt at 20’ 4". At the end of the afternoon, Doug Emery of Team WTSA, sunk the winning putt in the Putting Contest.

The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premier treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.

Basketball tours

The New England Colonials International Basketball Club is offering two overseas tours for high school players in grades 10 and 11 during the upcoming school year. The Colonials program is in its 35th year of conducting outstanding international tours and exchanges for New England students.

In March 2015, the Colonials Rovers team will travel and play in Scotland, England and Ireland. This tour has been specifically scheduled for players in independent and private schools that have a March vacation. New England public and parochial school players who have an April vacation are eligible for the Colonials Ambassadors team that will visit and play in Switzerland and Italy. Both tours are for players with significant varsity or JV experience and a strong commitment to their school and community. As on all Colonials tours, players will be hosted by the families of their basketball peers.

The New England Colonials program was founded in 1980. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that has as its central purpose the fostering of friendship and understanding between New England student-athletes and their peers around the world. These teams do not hold tryouts and applicants must be in good academic standing and capable of handling a high level of competitive play while meeting the demands of 10 days of international travel.

For additional information about the Spring 2015 tours, contact Scott Bryson at 508-734-5660 or by email at necolonials @aol.com. Interested parents and players may learn more about the New England Colonials’ history and programs online at the team’s website located at www.NewEnglandColonials.net.