JONI AVERILL

Camp Rainbow fundraiser a 1-man-show with tons of community support

Posted May 24, 2011, at 4:52 p.m.

Everything is coming together, reports Larry Reynolds of his golf tournament to help raise funds for children and teens diagnosed with cancer to attend the American Cancer Society’s Camp Rainbow, free of charge, June 26 to July 2 at Camp Jordan on Branch Lake in Ellsworth.

The Fourth Ever Larry Reynolds Charity Golf Tournament begins with registration at 7 a.m. and a  shotgun start at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Hermon Meadow Golf Club.

The entry fee for the tournament is $75 per golfer, and last year’s event raised $5,025, bringing the total raised through this event to $16,000 in three years.

Larry wants you to know openings are still available and you can register or receive more information by calling him at 945-3339 or e-mailing larryareynolds@yahoo.com.

If you cannot attend, but want to help make it possible for a young person affected by cancer to attend Camp Rainbow, make out a check to the ACS and mail it to Larry Reynolds, 131 Maple St., Bangor 04401.

One of the aspects of this tournament in which Larry takes the greatest pride is the support he has received from ACS so that your contributions are tax-deductible.

“The ACS has endorsed me to solicit” on its behalf, Larry said, “so that I’m working with a 501(c)3 organization.”

Larry is also very grateful for what he considers the tremendous assistance he has received from local business owners and operators who have agreed to work with him.

Morning coffee, for example, will be provided by Tim Hortons, he said.

When golfers are out on the course, folks from Texas Roadhouse will be giving out samples, and that restaurant also will be part of the prize package.

“One of the prizes will be dinner for two at Texas Roadhouse, followed by a movie at Bangor Mall Cinemas,” he said.

Just to ensure golfers won’t get hungry while they’re on the green, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant will have items for participants to sample, and when you come in for lunch, you’ll be eating a meal provided by 99 Restaurant with dessert by Giacomo’s.

“That’s really kind of cool,” Larry said of having such a good representation of local eating establishments. “That’s sending a real message the community supports this.”

Other businesses are stepping in to help out by offering financial support along with personnel to work the event.

“Kohl’s has contributed a $500 grant and is sending us several employees for the day,” as is Home Depot and Miller Drug, which is part of Affiliated Health Care, Larry said.

“This really is a community, regional effort of everyone pulling together for a cause,” he said of the support for Camp Rainbow, which is now in its 23rd year.

Many prizes will be awarded for everything from gross and net scores to closest-to-the-pins on all par-3 holes, and golfers can enter a chipping or putting contest, purchase mulligans and raffle tickets, and bid on silent auction items.

Sponsors of some of these activities include D & S Auto and Brogue Insurance and Financial Services.

“We’re getting tons of little things for gifts,” Larry said, and some of the major prizes will include a K.C. Jones basketball, four rounds of golf at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono and six rounds of golf at Palmyra Golf Course, and the opportunity for some youngster to serve as a ball boy or ball girl for a Maine Red Claws game, a team affiliated with the National Basketball Association Boston Celtics.

I congratulate Larry for the work he puts into this tournament and, quite frankly, knowing how difficult it is in today’s economy, with cutbacks coming from every corner, to put such an event together, it’s nothing short of amazing what one determined individual can do.

Perhaps, though, I shouldn’t be letting the world know Larry does this all by himself, because some organization might start sending out representatives to camp out on his doorstep to plead with him to support some other cause.

But as a six-year cancer survivor and former local educator, Larry’s heart is really with the kids who have, or have had, cancer and their families who must go through this dreadful illness with them.

For information about Camp Rainbow, or to request an application, call the ACS at 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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