Warm The Children

Golf tourney to benefit Warm the Children

Sheriff’s Department hopes to raise $10K to mark 10th year of community fundraiser

GREENFIELD — It has been 10 years since the sheriff’s department started golfing every spring to raise money for the county’s needy children.

Norma Lovett, who works for the sheriff and has organized the mid-spring golf tournament for years, said the hope is to raise $10,000 for Warm the Children this year.

“It’s our 10th anniversary, so it just makes sense,” said Lovett, who is looking for golfers, sponsors, raffle prizes and donations. “We’re really going to push to raise $10,000.”

Lovett, who said there’s never a problem filling the teams, also said the tournament typically raises between $7,000 and $8,000 each year for the Warm the Children fund, a Recorder charity that provides winter clothing for about 1,000 of the area’s neediest children every year.

She said 36 teams of four will again this year compete in the “shotgun” tournament.

According to Rich Fahey, an avid golfer and former advertising director for The Recorder, it is the one single event that raises the most money for the program each year.

Each team of four pays a $320 fee to play, which is $80 per person.

Lovett said it is $50 for a business, organization, individual or others to sponsor a green or tee.

The tournament will be May 12 at the Country Club of Greenfield on Country Club Road. Shotgun is at 9:30 a.m.

Lovett said golfers will receive a “goodie bag,” hotdogs, chips and a beverage on the 11th Hole, and a dinner and raffle after the tournament.

Winning teams will receive prizes.

“We do this because helping the children of our area is very important to us,” said Lovett. “It’s also a great tournament.”

For more than 25 years, children throughout Franklin County have been warmed each winter by the generosity of strangers donating to Warm the Children. The Recorder collects donations, Wilson’s Department Store buys the clothing and coordinates the volunteers — between 40 and 50 each year — and local social service agencies find the children.

“It’s really nice to see every year the children who get excited when they receive their coats,” said Lovett.

For more information, to register a team or become a sponsor, contact Lovett at 413-774-4014, ext. 2151 or email her at: norma.lovett@fcs.state.ma.us.

To make a donation, write checks to: Franklin County Sheriff’s Association, Attn: Norman Lovett, 160 Elm St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

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