Youth Services Golf Tourney raises nearly $15,000

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BRATTLEBORO — An enthusiastic turnout by local golfers — 78 in all — and strong corporate support, made Youth Services' 34th annual golf tournament a rousing success, generating nearly $15,000 to help underwrite the agency's programs. The tournament was held at the Brattleboro Country Club on Wednesday.

The Elizabeth Walker team of Andrea Nelson, Eileen Ranslow, Terry Boyce and Elizabeth Walker won First Gross, with the Brattleboro Food Co-op team of Bob Lyons, Sabine Rhyne, Jeff Houle and Tracy Sloan finishing First Net.

The Springfield Housing Authority team of Bill Morlock, Mike Augustauskas, David Nichols and Tracy Johnson took Second Gross with the Cersosimo Industries team of Michaele Cersosimo, Brian Knowles, Bruce Davis and Wayne Wright taking Second Net.

Elizabeth Walker won the prize for the Women's Longest Drive. Sabine Rhyne took Women's Closest to the Line with Maggie Aldrich winning the prize for Women's Closest to the Pin.

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In the Men's Division, Brian Knowles took the prize for Men's Longest Drive. Dave Anderson took Men's Closest to the Line with Paul Saccoccio winning Men's Closest to Pin.

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Youth Services' Executive Director Russell Bradbury-Carlin, together with staff member Gail Bourque, ran a Putting Contest which raised close to $200 for the agency. The winner of the Putting Contest was Bonnie McKellar.

For the sixth year in a row, there was a silent auction and over 50 items and services were raffled thanks to the generosity of local businesses who have supported the fundraiser with contributions in-kind.

A special feature was the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop thanks to the Renaud Bros, Inc. helicopter, piloted by Mike Renaud and assisted by David Manning. Individuals did not need to be part of the tournament to buy golf balls, priced at $100 each, nor be present at the drop to win. Buckets of golf balls were dropped from 20 feet on the fairway at the Brattleboro Country Club, with the winner of the $3,000 cash prize being Melanie Boese of Brattleboro with ball No. 46. Because of struggles with substance abuse in her family, Boese pledged to donate her winnings to Youth Services new Substance Abuse treatment program. Jeff Morse and Gene Wrinn had the next closest balls. Melanie Boese was also top bidder on the helicopter ride that evening.

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Youth Services Corporate Sponsors include Pacesetters: G.S. Precision, Brattleboro Subaru, The Richards Group, Presenter (Gala): Twombly Wealth Management, Sustainers: Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Chroma Technology, ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, David Manning Inc., Edward Jones Investments, New Chapter, River Valley Credit Union, Silver Forest of Vermont, Vermont Country Deli. Patrons: Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, Brattleboro Retreat, C.E. Bradley Laboratories, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Crispe & Crispe, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Green Mountain Tents, Phillips, Shriver, Dunn & Carroll PLLC, Trust Company of Vermont, Swiss Precision Turning. Associate Sponsors: Cota & Cota Oil Co., Price Chopper/Golub Foundation, Stevens & Associates, True North Granola, and W.W. Building Supply.

All proceeds from the tournament, which annually nets close to $15,000, will help support Youth Services' programs. Now celebrating its 47th year helping local families thrive, Youth Services promotes the healthy development of nearly 1,500 local youth, adults and families each year.

For more information or to get involved in Youth Services, call 802-257-0361 or visit


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