SEVCA Golf Tournament Raises Over $11,000 for Anti-Poverty Programs

SEVCA's Sponsors and Participants "Chip Away at Poverty"

It was a rainy start to what turned out to be a beautiful day for a golf tournament. On June 26th, Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) held its 14th Annual “Chipping Away at Poverty” Benefit Golf Tournament at the Brattleboro Country Club. The four Tournament Co-Sponsors were Black River Produce, Mutual of America, Cigna Healthcare, and Mountain View Apartments. Over $11,000 was raised to support SEVCA’s essential anti-poverty programs serving low income individuals and families in Windham and Windsor counties. Check out our Facebook page for highlights of the day.

Weatherization and Crisis Fuel Program vendors, regional businesses, local service providers, and other SEVCA friends and supporters sponsored and/or engaged in friendly competition to raise money for the agency, many returning from previous years. A Hole-In-One Contest sponsored by Brattleboro Ford-Subaru gave participants the chance to win a new Ford Edge and other valuable prizes. One player actually hit the pole a foot above the hole, but unfortunately, the ball didn’t go in. There was also a Putting Contest for a possible $5,000 cash prize. Although no one sank the 80-foot putt for the grand prize this year, Jim Gould won a smaller cash prize for getting closest to the cup. Players enjoyed participating in a 50/50 raffle and a ‘Vegas Hole’ competition in addition to the team and individual golfing competitions.

Tournament winners were: 1st Place Team – Raven Bay Associates; 2nd Place – Mutual of America; 3rd Place – Claypoint Associates; Men’s Closest to the Pin – Chad Illingsworth; Women’s Closest to the Pin: Leslie Hoyt; Women’s Longest Drive – Thalia Holmes; and Men’s Longest Drive – Jake Obar. The winner of the Vegas Hole Contest was Sean Bradley, who donated his winnings to SEVCA, and winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Jessica Leventry, who also donated a portion of her winnings back to SEVCA.

In addition to the co-sponsors listed above, SEVCA wishes to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their sponsorships and other support: ‘Double Eagle’ Level Sponsor –Kinney-Pike Insurance; Putting Contest Sponsor: Mountain View Apartments; Golfer Gift Bag Sponsor: Mutual of America; Hole-in-One Sponsor – Brattleboro Ford-Subaru; Breakfast and Luncheon Sponsor—IPG Employee Benefits Specialists; Hole Sponsors– Allen Brothers Oil, Burtco, Inc., Clark’s Quality Foods, Durand Toyota Ford, GreenFiber, G.S. Precision Inc., Harriman’s Heating, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts P.A., Northeast Delta Dental, Simon Operation Services, and WW Building Supply; General Supporters –Don’s Heating LLC, Magee Office Products, Sam Streeter LLC, Westminster Auto Service, Farnum Insulators, PayData, Hugh Haggerty, Eugene Guy. In-Kind Contributors –Bellows Falls Country Club, Brattleboro Country Club, Hooper Golf Club, Pine Grove Springs Country Club, Tater Hill Golf Club, Cannon Solutions America, Putney Food Co-op, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A., Sunset Tool Inc., Vermont Country Deli, United Natural Foods, Walmart. Special thanks go to Brattleboro Country Club and their staff for their assistance and generosity in hosting our tournament this year.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937