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Pelican workers, local vendors raise $10K for YMCA youth programs

GREENFIELD — Pelican Products of South Deerfield participated with area vendors in a charity golf outing that raised $10,000 to benefit the youth programs at the YMCA.

A large group of Pelican employees volunteered their time and partnered with Crumpin-Fox Golf Club and Zeke’s Smokehouse in Bernardston to organize the event, which included a 50/50 raffle, prizes, lunch, dinner and golf outing.

“The YMCA in Greenfield is an outstanding family organization that benefits not only our own Pelican family but children and families throughout Western Massachusetts,” said Joe Eckerle, vice president of operations at Pelican Products, a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases and advanced portable lighting systems, that bought the former Hardigg Industries. “It was truly a pleasure working with the staff of the YMCA. Their longstanding vision and passion for service and helping children reminds us of their positive impact on our community and we’re proud to be associated with them.”

Bob Sunderland, executive director at the YMCA, said “I want to thank the golfers, Pelican staff and the many sponsors and vendors who made this event possible. A donation of this size is an extraordinary gift for our YMCA. The $10,000 to subsidize our Y’s youth programs which will help more children can learn, grow and thrive at our Y.”

Andrew Talbott from Pelican said, “We selected the YMCA in Greenfield as our charity of choice this year based on the recommendation of several of our employees who participate in Y programs and activities.”

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