SEVCA’s “Chipping Away at Poverty” Benefit Golf Tournament at BCC Raises $11,000 for Area Residents in Need

Picture-perfect weather and 20 teams of cheerful golfers made for an enjoyable day of golf at Southeastern Vermont Community Action’s (SEVCA) 15th Annual “Chipping Away at Poverty” Benefit Golf Tournament at the Brattleboro Country Club on June 24. The four Tournament Co-Sponsors--Black River Produce, Mutual of America, IPG Employee Benefits Specialists, and Westview Terrace Apartments—along with 15 other major sponsors, other donors, and golfers--raised over $11,000 to support SEVCA’s essential anti-poverty programs serving low-income individuals and families in Windham and Windsor counties.

Weatherization and Crisis Fuel Program vendors, local and regional businesses, local service providers, staff members, 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 Subaru Crosstrek and other valuable prizes. One player hit a shot that landed only a few feet from the cup on the car prize hole, but unfortunately, no one drove away in a new car this year. A $5,000 cash prize for the Putting Contest also went unclaimed, though Sheldon Scott from Whitney Blake won a smaller cash prize for getting closest to the cup. Players participated 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 – Mutual of America
                2nd Place – Raven Bay Associates
                3rd Place – Convenience Products
                Women’s Closest to the Pin: Tracy Sloan
                Men’s Closest to the Pin – Chris Kibbe
                Women’s Longest Drive – Tracy Sloan
                Men’s Longest Drive – Jake Obar

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 and The Stove Depot, Inc.
                Putting Contest Sponsor: IPG Benefits Specialists.
                Golfer Bag and Gift Sponsors: Mutual of America and Black River Produce.
                Golf Ball Sponsor: Streeter, LLC.
                Hole-in-One Sponsor: Brattleboro Ford-Subaru.
                Breakfast and Luncheon Sponsor: Harriman’s Heating.

                Hole Sponsors– Clark’s Quality Foods, Cocoplum Appliances, Durand Toyota Ford, EFI, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts P.A., Northeast Delta Dental, Simon Operation Services, Sovernet Communications, Unifirst Corporation, Westview Terrace Apartments, The Windham Foundation, and WW Building Supply.

                Team Sponsors: Brattleboro Country Club, Canon Solutions America, Convenience Products, Farnum Insulators, Paul & Carol McDonnell, Raven Bay Associates, LLC, Sunset Tool, Inc., and Whitney Blake Company.

                General Supporters –Burtco, Inc., Claypoint Associates, Don’s Heating LLC, Hits the Spot Yoga, Hugh Haggerty, Magee Office Products, PayData Workforce Solutions, and Westminster Auto Service.

                In-Kind Contributors –Bellows Falls Country Club, Brattleboro Country Club, Crown Point Country Club, Killington Resort, Putney Food Co-op, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A., Sunset Tool Inc., 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.

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