The first McDonald’s Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic begins with a shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.
A cocktail reception and a live silent auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by a lobster and steak banquet at 6 p.m.
Among the items up for auction will be a trip to Las Vegas, jewelry, a basketball autographed by the Boston Celtics with a 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, car rental and a three-night stay at The Lodge at Sonoma.
The McDonald’s Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic is the new name for an event with a 15-year history.
Formerly known as The Bud and Barbara Leavitt Memorial Golf Classic, that tournament raised money for The Jimmy Fund, and McDonald’s Owner-Operator and Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic founder Doug Quagliaroli of Hampden was a longtime supporter of the Leavitt Classic.
Proceeds from the Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic will benefit a new Children’s Cancer & Treatment Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer.
Funds raised 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,” Quagliaroli said. “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 Quagliarolis, the Abbotonis of Houlton, the Eckmanns of Hampden and the Ortins of Winslow.
Young teen Sam Alexander of Hudson, who has cancer and has received his treatments at EMMC, is the honorary chairperson for the new tournament — fitting since Sam loves to play golf.
“Golf is my life!” he said.
Various tournament registration packages are available including individual, team and corporate rates. Sponsorships are available ranging from $175 for tee signs to $10,000 for presenting sponsors. Also, banquet-only tickets can also be purchased for $40.
Registration materials, sponsorship opportunities and additional information about the first McDonald’s Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic is available at www.mcdonaldshhhgolfclassic.org.
Information is also available by calling Doug Quagliaroli at 990-3220 ext. 11.