The 40th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence golf tournament brought in more than 250 golfers to raise a record $201,000.
The tournament, held last month at the Indian Ridge Country Club, is one of the club's largest fundraisers. It sold out two months in advance.
Golfers were treated to meals, as well as refreshments along the course, contests, raffles, golf balls and gift bags. The evening program included cocktails, dinner and both live and silent auctions.
Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, said he was “humbled” by the generosity of community members whose sponsorship and donations of auction items “literally help keep our doors open.”
Auction items included golf for four at the International Golf Club in Bolton, premier tickets to the Boston Red Sox, tickets to Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, a barbecue for 20 sponsored by Party Connection, a Wachusett Mountain sky box package, and more.
Several people also donated to In With Kids, which provides children in low-income families a one-year club membership including lunch during the summer and dinner year-round.
The keynote speaker at the event was Marielis Rodriguez, an alumna of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. She spoke about the many ways staff members helped her become a first-generation college student. Rodriguez will embark on her college career at UMass Amherst this fall, where she will study aeronautical engineering.
“On behalf of my brothers and sisters at the club,” Rodriguez said. “I want to thank each and every one of you, for not just changing, but saving our lives.”