|By Katelyn Gendron|
Reminder Assistant Editor
WESTFIELD Free services do not come cheap or easy, Lauri Scott-Smith, administrative assistant at the Cancer House of Hope, said.
Since 1997, the Cancer House of Hope has been providing free health services to those diagnosed with cancer, their families and friends. Scott-Smith explained, however, that those services do not come without price tags, which is why this non-profit organization will be hosting its fourth annual golf tournament fundraiser on May 7 at Tekoa Country Club.
"You're out there searching, begging to [financially] support what we do [here]," she said. "[People's] participation [in the golf tournament] supports what we do here and without their support we can't continue to do what we do."
Scott-Smith explained that the Cancer House of Hope is looking to fill the 144 tournament spots at a cost of $100 per person. The entry fee includes the round of golf, lunch, snacks, hors d'oeuvres and gifts. The house is also looking for various sponsorships ranging from $100 - 2,500.
Scott-Smith explained that this annual tournament helps to raise an average of $10,000 each year. She added that she'd be happy with that amount again this year.
"It's not only the people who are diagnosed that need us," she said. "It affects more than one person. Unfortunately I haven't met anybody yet that hasn't known someone who's afflicted with cancer."
The locations at 86 Court St., in Westfield, and 946 Plumtree Rd. in Springfield, are venues for various services such as support groups, lectures, workshops, Yoga, Reiki therapy and relaxation.
Registration for the tournament will begin at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Those wishing to participate in the golf tournament, send a donation or sign up for a sponsorship opportunity contact the Cancer House of Hope at 562-0110.
For more information about the house go to www.cancerhouseofhope.org.