The third annual Karlh McCallister Memorial golf outing, auction and raffle raised $25,000 for the Bridges to College program.
“We were very fortunate to have such generous sponsors, players, businesses and other community members,” said Marlise McCallister, Bridges to College trustee and organizer of this year’s outing. “We also are very thankful to Matt Light, who served as our auctioneer for the benefit auction.”
Twenty-five teams participated in the outing on June 23 at Turtle Creek Golf Course.
The winning low gross team was the Towne & Country Land Title Agency, Inc., team of Matt Kerns, Willie Powell, Scott Rudnick and Jason Spencer.
The low net winners were first place, the LaFramboise family of Bill LaFramboise, Drew LaFramboise, Doug Sullivan and Matt Sullivan; second place, Electrolux team of Geoff Langermeier, Rick Mendincino, Marlise McCallister and Mark Newman; and third place, the Neff Family team of David Neff, Steve Neff, Ken Neff and Tom Neff.
Other winners were Kaz Kubo, long putt; Kim Cummings and Willie Powell, long drive; and Ken Diedenhoffer, Victor Kim, Wayne Deschambeau and Sean Quinn, closest to the pin.
The outing was followed by a hog roast dinner, auction and raffle. Three-time Super Bowl winner Matt Light served as auctioneer. Light had the crowd laughing as he auctioned off sports tickets, a television set, a mattress set and other items.
“There were so many people who made this a successful, fun day,” McCallister said.
The outing raised $25,000 for Bridges to College, a non-profit organization that helps students go to college by offering one-on-one mentoring, educational programming and need-based scholarships. Karlh McCallister was instrumental in founding the organization in 2006.
“Because of the successful outing, auction and raffle, Bridges to College will be able to expand its services to Greenville and Ansonia students,” said Beth Sears, executive director of Bridges to College.
Among the expansion plans for the 2012-13 school year are purchasing activity books for Ansonia and Greenville second-graders; taking Ansonia and Greenville sixth-graders on a tour of Edison Community College; bringing college awareness programs to Greenville and Ansonia junior high students and continuing College Club trips at Greenville High School.
“I really appreciate all who helped organize the outing as well as the generous donors and players, those who bought raffle tickets and auction items and those who donated and prepared food for the hog roast,” Sears said.
Next year’s outing is planned for June 22 at Turtle Creek Golf Course.