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Prior to the Loaves & Fishes 30th anniversary Golf Tournament, which took place on June 9, at Shaker Hills Country Club, several emails were sent from me asking for your support as a golfer, a sponsor or a donor.

I am pleased to report that we had a fun and rewarding day with perfect weather and a great meal, and we raised more than $6,500 to benefit the Loaves & Fishes food pantry!

Sixty-four golfers participated in the tournament, and each had a chance to win a two-year lease of a Ford Focus in the Gervais Ford Hole-in-One contest. (And a couple of players came really close to doing that.)

Twenty-two businesses and individuals helped us as sponsors, including Enterprise Investment Advisors, TAG Heating & Cooling, Gervais Ford, Rich and Edie Baker, Cataldo Landscape and Construction, Dolce Catering, state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, iCracked, J. M. Coull Inc., The Lttleton Sub Shoppe, Media Power/Quality Graphics, Middlesex Savings Bank, North Bridge Podiatry Group, Owen Electric, Pepperell Family Pharmacy, Pub on the Common, Rollstone Bank and Trust, Romilly Services, Tedeschi’s Food Shops, Three Phase Electric, Wilson Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

Many more people and businesses made generous gifts and cash donations for the raffle and silent auction. These include Acton Toyota, Lily Baddour, the Blackbird Café, Bodyline’s Pilates Studio, Corine Canfield, D’Ambrosio Eye Care, David Dolan, Devens Grill, Evviva Cuccina, Filho’s Cucina, Judy Grande, Groton Market, The Herb Lyceum, High Oaks Realty Trust, Holiday Inn of Boxborough, Ideal Weight Loss, Kazanjian’s Groton Nursery and Garden Center, Lavender Florist, Museum of Russian Icons, John Betz and Kathleen O’Connor, Joanne Ouellette, Quality Graphics, Kathleen Raftery, St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Catherine Church, Bonnie Starzak, Tavern at Groton Country Club, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens.

And, as with any nonprofit organization, none of this would have been possible without the help of many volunteers who helped by designing brochures and fliers, soliciting sponsors and handling the many day-of-tournament tasks, including registration, selling Mulligans and raffle tickets, and monitoring special event holes.

The golf tournament was intended to be a one-time event to celebrate the fact that Loaves & Fishes has been helping people by providing food and temporary support services to residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley for 30 years.

However, given the feedback we’ve received from sponsors and golfers, we plan to hold another golf tournament next year. Save the date: Monday, June 8!

Thank you for your support.

Jim Hanlon

Member, Board of Trustees

Golf Tournament coordinator