2013-10-24 / Opinion

Golf Tournament Benefits Boys and Girls Clubs

To the Editor:

Eighty golfers joined together to celebrate the life of Gordy Johnson on Aug. 30. The tournament took place at Green Valley Country Club, Gordon’s home away from home! The outpouring of support from donors and golfers spoke volumes about the love our community felt toward Gordon, who lost his battle with colon cancer on May 7, 2011. We also saw this event as an opportunity to distribute information about how early detection tremendously increases the survival rate. The funds raised came from the outpouring of support from 40 local businesses and individuals who generously donated products and services for the raffle and silent auction, as well as sponsorships of each hole. Boys and girls from the Club lent a helpful hand selling raffle tickets.

We chose the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County because we wanted the funds to stay in the community and because Gordon, his 17 siblings, and his two children spent many years in their after school and summer programs.

At the Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 15, there was a formal presentation of the $7,200 raised at the event; $2,500 of this amount will be allocated to The Gordon Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund and will be awarded to a deserving student at the end of the school year. Last year's scholarship went to Chris Lewis of Middletown. Judith Perl Rosenthal Johnson

Middletown

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