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Chamber hosts benefit golf tournament

WILBRAHAM The Hampden-Wilbraham Chamber of Commerce will hold their Fourth Annual Golf Classic on Oct. 6 at the Country Club of Wilbraham. The event will benefit the Youth Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Program at Minnechaug.

Wilbraham-based Friendly's is the Presentation Sponsor of the annual outing. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Each golfer will be given a gift bag donated by Kathy Selvia of NEPM. There will be a golf clinic that includes stretching exercises led by staff from Wing Memorial Hospital.

Country Club Professional Peter Chapman will provide a driving range clinic. Lunch will be held at 11 a.m. A four-man scramble and shotgun start will be at noon.

Following the afternoon of golf, a cocktail reception with substantial hors d'oeuvres will be held at 5:30 p.m. A raffle with a number of interesting prizes donated by area businesses will be held.

Contests include a $5,000 putting contest sponsored by Friendly's and hole-one-prizes from Medeiros-Williams Chevrolet, Hampden Bank, Fran Johnson's Golf and Tennis and Burack Realty.

To register a foursome at $440, or become a sponsor, call Sylvia Nadeau-Poole at The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce office at 755-1318 or e-mail

Entrepreneurial Scholars

Joseph Lawler of the Gaudreau Group is a co-chair of the event.

"Our goal is to raise funds for the entrepreneurial program at the high school. After all, they are our future employees, partners and business owners," he said.

Lawler and golf classic co-chairs Elissa Langevin of Hampden Bank, Tom Manzi of A. G. Edwards and Maura Tobias of Friendly's (president of the Hampden-Wilbraham Chamber of Commerce) stressed that proceeds from the tournament will be put to good use by the Youth Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Program at Minnechaug.

In the program, students set up their own businesses, do the market research and sell their products performing the necessary tasks to run their own businesses.

The hands-on learning approach is a good experience for the students and instills in them the skills and values that are needed in today's business world.

Each tournament golfer will receive Calloway golf balls and a Chamber of Commerce long-sleeved golf shirt, perfect for a fall day of golf said Lawler, who commented that past events have enjoyed good fall weather.

Langevin said the event is timed to be at the end of the community golf outing season in October and is held on a Friday, instead of a Monday when most golf tournaments are held, to help golfers kick off their weekend.

Non-golfers can also attend the cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception for $25.

The committee is encouraging golfers to sign up early as the event may sell out. Other members of the committee are Greg Clark of Edible Arrangements, Atty. M. Trant Campbell of Welch, Campbell & Barba, P.C., Lou Curto of Aflac, Janet Murphy of Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Donna Stone of Monson Savings Bank and Barbara Perry of Reminder Publications.

Eagle sponsors of the golf classic are The Gaudreau Group, NEPM, Hampden Bank, Optasite, ConnectiCare, Monson Savings Bank and Landmark Realtors.