Orono golf tournament to fight children’s cancer

Posted Aug. 01, 2011, at 10:33 p.m.

ORONO — The first McDonald’s Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic will take place on Monday, Aug. 15, at Penobscot Valley Country Club. Net proceeds will benefit a new Children’s Cancer & Treatment Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine. Sam Alexander of Hudson is the honorary chairman.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will be earmarked for a Ronald McDonald Family Room and nearby play area for children within the Children’s Cancer & Treatment Center. The Family Room will be a comfortable, relaxing space for families and a fun place for children as they wait for their appointments.

“We hope that these areas will help to ease the stress that goes along with having a sick child,” said Douglas Quagliaroli, McDonald’s owner-operator and tournament founder. “No one wants to think of having a critically ill child, yet we all know of a family who has been affected. Our goal is to make a bad situation just a little easier to endure.”

The event is made possible in large part through the support of several local McDonald’s owner-operator families, including the Abbotonis of Houlton, the Eckmanns of Bangor, the Ortins of Waterville and the Quagliarolis of Hampden.

The McDonald’s Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic is a new name for an event with a 15-year history. Formerly known as the Bud & Barbara Leavitt Memorial Golf Classic, the tournament raised money for The Jimmy Fund. The Quagliarolis were longtime supporters of that event.

The McDonald’s Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic’s shotgun start time is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. A cocktail reception and a live-silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., with a lobster and steak banquet at 6 p.m. The auction will include a trip to Las Vegas, jewelry, a basketball autographed by the Boston Celtics and letter of authenticity, as well as a raffle for a trip to Sonoma Valley, Calif., donated by Bangor Travel. The trip, valued at more than $3,000, includes airfare, automobile rental and a three-night stay at The Lodge at Sonoma.

Tournament registration packages available include individual, team and corporate rates. Banquet-only tickets may be purchased for $40. Sponsorships are available ranging from $175 for tee signs to $10,000 for presenting sponsors.

Registration materials, sponsorship opportunities and information are available at http:// www.mcdonaldshhhgolfclassic.org, or call Doug Quagliaroli at 990-3220, ext. 11.

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