Golf tourney helps Springfield Hospital ER renovation; VT Race for the Cure nets $152,000

Winning team members Tim Reynolds, Rick Marasa, Fred Koledo and Rich Lane.

Winning team members Tim Reynolds, Rick Marasa, Fred Koledo and Rich Lane.

The 14th annual Springfield Hospital Challenge at Okemo Valley Golf Club on Thursday, Sept. 18 was a top-notch golf outing and a successful fundraiser. This year’s tournament contributed to the hospital’s Emergency Room renovation project.

Twenty-nine foursomes of golfers competed for team and individual awards and raffle prizes. Thirty sponsoring organizations underwrote the tournament, which included a box lunch, dinner buffet, complimentary refreshments on the course, and gifts to every golfer of a golf towel modeled on this year’s Masters Tournament and a golf hat. Tournament sponsors were Black River Produce, Griffin Construction, Hackett Valine & MacDonald, IPG Employee Benefit Specialists, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Lawrence & Lober Electric, Richard Marasa MD, and Springfield Printing Corp.

Club professional Michael Santa Maria and the Okemo staff took very good care of the golfers and helped make the event an overall success.

Team and individual winners were:


1st Place Low Gross: Fred Koledo, Rich Lane, Rick Marasa, Tim Reynolds
2nd Place Low Gross: Cole Lewis, Jeff Matulonis, Dan Patria, Mary Patria
1st Place Low Net: Rich Bazluke, Shannon Gaulin, Chris Gautreau, Todd Lagrow
2nd Place Low Net: Al Dworshak, John Gerriere, Steve Keefe, Sean Long


1st Place Low Gross: Duane English, Brett Jasinski, Todd Merchant, Nathan Stewart
2nd Place Low Gross: Kevin Burke, Kevin Dwyer, Paul Herrick, Eric Warren,
1st Place Low Net: Mark Blanchard, Mark DeVarney, Joe Greene, Brian Tarbox
2nd Place Low Net: Bob Austin, Vic Baskevich, Roger Blish, Grant Greely
Closest to the Line: Jerry Fledderjohn
Longest Putt: Cole Lewis (33 feet)

Race for Cure draws 1,113 participants

Vermont's Komen Race for the Cure raised a total of $326,000 this year.

Vermont’s Komen Race for the Cure raised a total of $326,000 in cash and in-kind donations.

Last month’s 22nd annual Komen Vermont Race for the Cure, held in Manchester, drew 1,113 walkers and runners, raised $152,000 in cash to date, plus an additional $174,000 in in-kind donations, for a total of $326,000.

“Pledges are still coming in, and folks are encouraged to continue donating throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Terry Farkas, Komen VT-NH executive director. “They can do that online at or, if they’d prefer, they can mail a check to P.O. Box 2496, Manchester, Vermont, 05254.”

“We’re very grateful to all of our walkers and runners, our sponsors, and the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers that made this happen,” said Becky Burke, affiliate president. “This past year we were able to grant $350,000 to 11 breast health organizations in Vermont and New Hampshire. Since 1993, we’ve granted $7 million locally. That’s what it’s all about.”

For more information on Komen VT-NH  visit For more information on Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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