Beekley Corporation held its 15th Annual ARC Angel Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 6th at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain. This year's milestone event promised to be a memorable one and it did not disappoint. A clever mix of the old and the new gave this tourney a special kind of feeling.
For many of our golfers and sponsors, this event has become an annual tradition. One of our valued partners has actually sponsored a foursome in all 15 years of this tournament! The tournament is led a by a co-chair who has been there all 15 years as well. This golf tourney was stacked with repeat golfers and foursomes as well as some annual volunteers.
On the flip side, this year's tourney hosted some first time golfers, first time volunteers, and a first time co-chair. How about our first ever hole in one contests?! While there was no winner, it sure added to the fun!
Registration began that day at 11:00 am. Golfers were greeted by volunteers and supplied with goody bags as a token of appreciation. The contents of the bags included the usual golf balls, tees, and snacks. In addition, in honor of our milestone 15th Anniversary, each golfer was also given a fleece vest and a pitch fix tool complete with the ARC Angel insignia. During the registration process, golfers were given the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets, mulligans, 50/50 cash tickets, as well as a few other items. After registration and some putting practice, the golfers were all led out to their holes to begin scramble play. At the turn, all golfers were provided with lunch, and what we have been told are "The best burgers ever!"
Unfortunately for us; the day's weather forecast called for not only rain, but thunderstorms! Sure enough, around 3:30 pm and about 13 holes into the tournament, the storm came through. In 15 years, play had never been stopped! But this time, all the golfers were called off the course. Luckily, play resumed about an hour later and all the golfers were allowed to complete the 18-hole tournament.
Following the 18 holes of golf was dinner at the Whinstone Tavern. The dinner portion of the event included speakers, the awarding of trophies to the top teams, the announcement of the hole contest winners, and of course, everyone's favorite part; the awesome raffle prize drawings! That concluded a day full of surprises, golf, fun, great food, and generosity.
So what made this Tournament so special? Maybe it was all the familiar faces. Maybe it was the excitement of the new contests. Maybe it was the awesome dinner and raffle prizes. Maybe it was our amazing volunteers. But if you ask me, I would say it was the fact that even Mother Nature was no match against the power of fundraising for a great cause. Despite the hot and sticky conditions and the one hour rain delay, we are so very pleased to announce that this year's tournament raised a best-ever $26,000 to be donated to the Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital!!
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this event as well as our valued sponsors and volunteers for making our 15th Annual ARC Angel Golf Tournament a historic one.
Andy L'Heureux and Carrie Murray, Co-Chairs
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