ORONO, Maine — What a difference a year makes, in more ways than one for the organizer of Monday’s Bud & Barbara Leavitt Memorial Golf Classic at Penobscot Valley Country Club.
Doug Quagliaroli of Hampden knew that would be the case as he organized this year’s event. Last year, he had put the whole event together in about a month as he revived the charity tournament for The Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Quagliaroli needed more help this year, and he knew where to find it.
“We play together in the Men’s Twilight League” at PVCC, said Greg Jamison of Holden. “In fact, I think most of the people on the committee are in the Twilight League.”
And they started in January instead of July.
Their work paid off Monday as approximately 90 men and women participated in the 16th Leavitt Classic, raising more than twice as much money as last year.
“I think we’ll be able to send about $28,000 to the Jimmy Fund, after expenses,” said Quagliaroli.
That’s about double what was raised in 2008.
“He only had a month [to organize it] last year, and he still raised $12,000 to $15,000,” said Jamison.
Jamison was not surprised at the turnaround.
“He’s a guy who knows how to put things together and get things done,” said Jamison.
He also noted, though, that “Doug still does the lion’s share of the work.”
Quagliaroli, who with his wife Linda owns D&L Management, was equally quick to credit the committee members.
“They’re a great group of people who worked very hard, especially in this economy,” said Quagliaroli.
Jamison also noted the money issues facing Mainers and how they continued to contribute.
“Despite the economy, there are still a lot of generous people around,” he said.
Quagliaroli also took note of the sacrifices people made as they did what they could to help in the fight against cancer.
“A lot of people made sacrifices to be here, in terms of both money and time,” he said. “We even had a group come up from Portland.”
Businesses were also generous with donations, according to Quagliaroli.
“They probably averaged about four [tee] signs per hole,” said Jim Mailett.
More than $7,000 was raised through the regular and silent auctions.
That money will go toward making lifesaving discoveries and providing support to Mission Possible: The Dana-Farber Campaign to Conquer Cancer.
“I know the people who work there,” said Quagliaroli. “Hopefully, they can find a cure.”