Inaugural golf tournament at Crumpin-Fox Club looks to raise scholarship money

  • The driving range at the Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston, which will host the Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund’s inaugural golf tournament on May 23. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

For the Recorder
Published: 4/29/2022 6:43:25 PM
Modified: 4/29/2022 6:41:58 PM

The Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund, the Greenfield-based association’s charity fundraising arm, will hold its inaugural golf tournament at Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston on May 23 to raise money for scholarships.

The Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarships, of $1,000 each, are given to two Franklin County high school graduates each year. They are awarded based on academic and personal achievements, as well as an essay that asks students to answer a prompt relating to a public policy, statutory or legal issue.

The scholarship “allows students to advance to higher education, competing through their writing,” said Jeremy Bucci, president of the Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund.

The scholarships are named in honor of Thomas W. Merrigan, who was a local lawyer and politician who believed strongly in the importance of education.

In past years, the community fund has raised money for scholarships through other events like a 5K run. With this new event, Bucci said organizers are hoping to diversify their donor base.

“We thought this would be a way we could reach different people that would be interesting and fun for participants,” Bucci said.

He emphasized the importance of helping students with academic fees, especially with tuition costs rising annually.

“I remember how much I appreciated local community scholarships like this and how helpful they were,” he said. “I would love to make this bigger. I understand the financial pressures of going to school.”

The pandemic has made these fundraising efforts more challenging, he noted.

“We have been able to give out scholarships the last two years, but it has been brutal to try to find ways to raise money,” Bucci said. “This outdoor event is going to be a great way for us to rebound during the pandemic.”

The May 23 golf tournament will have registration beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at noon. A banquet will be held at 5 p.m. featuring raffles and prizes.

To register online, visit bit.ly/3kjUWGv.


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