Golfers help chip away at poverty

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BRATTLEBORO — Players at Southeastern Vermont Community Action's (SEVCA's) 18th Annual "Chipping Away at Poverty" Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, June 14, faced cloudy conditions and an occasional drizzle, but that did not dampen anyone's spirits. The Tournament Co-Sponsors — Springfield Housing Authority: (Mountain View and Westview Terrace Apartments); Mutual of America, and Sunset Tool, Inc., along with 19 other major sponsors, 15 other donors, and 19 teams of golfers — raised nearly $11,000 to support SEVCA's anti-poverty programs serving low-income individuals and families in Windham and Windsor counties.

Longstanding supporters and new friends from local, regional, and national businesses, SEVCA's Weatherization and Crisis Fuel program vendors, local service providers, staff members, and the community sponsored and/or engaged in friendly competition to raise funds for the agency's services. A Hole-In-One Contest sponsored by Fenton Family Dealerships/Subaru of Keene gave participants the chance to win a new Subaru Forrester and other prizes, while Leone, McDonnell & Roberts sponsored the Putting Contest with its $5,000 grand prize. No players won the grand prizes this year, but Kevin Brennan came closest to the pin in the Putting Contest final to win a $100 prize. The popular Air Cannon Contest made a return visit, sponsored by Springfield Housing Authority, giving participants the chance to shoot their golf balls out of the air cannon from the tee at Hole #18 in hopes of getting closest to the pin. Pete Andrews, playing for the Mountain View team, landed his ball 5'9" from the pin and won a 7-night stay at one of over 3,000 vacation resorts.

Winners were as follows: 1st Place Team, Mutual of America; 2nd Place, Jam Fuel; 3rd Place, Kinney Pike Insurance; Women's Closest to the Pin, Joan Mealey; Men's Closest to the Pin, Toby Jasmin; Women's Longest Drive, Thalia Holmes; Men's Longest Drive, Josh Marcell;

In addition to the sponsors listed above, the following businesses, organizations and individuals also provided sponsorships and other support: `Double Eagle' Level Sponsors, Kinney-Pike Insurance and The Stove Depot; Golfer Bag and Gift Sponsors, Mutual of America, Streeter, LLC, and MVP Health Care; and Golf Ball Sponsor, IPG Employee Benefits Specialists. Hole Sponsors included Abenaque Car Wash, All Star LLC, Burtco Self-Storage, Clay Point Associates, Kinney Pike Insurance, Lamb and McNaughton, LaValley Building Supply, Northeast Delta Dental, Savings Bank of Walpole, SERVPRO, Sunset Tool, Inc., The Stove Depot, Westview Terrace Apartments, the Windham Foundation, and WW Building Supply.

Team Sponsors were Bob Brody, Brattleboro Country Club, DAPFoam, Dillon Chevrolet, Farnum Insulators, JAM Fuel, Kinney Pike Insurance, Mountain View Apartments, Mutual of America, Paul & Carol McDonnell, SEVCA Weatherization, Sunset Tool, Inc., The Stove Depot, and Westview Terrace Apartments.

General Supporters were EFI, Magee Office Products, Northern Safety & Industrial, PayData Workforce Solutions, Stewart Property Management, and Westminster Auto Service.

In-Kind Contributors were Bella Notte Restaurant, Brattleboro Country Club, Crown Point Country Club, Dixon Golf, Putney Food Co-op, Vermont Country Deli, and Walmart.

Special thanks were extended to the Brattleboro Country Club and staff for "their assistance, generosity and high quality service in hosting our tournament once again."

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