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Golf Tournament to Benefit WCCC Students

Posted July 01, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.

CALAIS _ There is still room for teams to sign up for the 13th annual Washington County Community College Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 12, at the St. Croix Country Club.

There will be two shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Again this year, the tournament will help raise scholarship money for WCCC students.

Club Pro Mike Ellis said recently, “This four person scramble is always a lot of fun and draws support from the area because the community college is so important here.”

And again this year, for the lucky golfer who hits a hole-in-one on the first hole, there will be a brand new 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Tournament co-sponsor Ian Pratt of Pratt Chevrolet on the River Road in Calais is the sponsor of that prize. All players will receive a $100 Greg Norman Gift Card with a test drive. In addition, there is a prize of a 4 day/3 night golf vacation at a selected Fairmont Resort for anyone who hits a hole-in-one on the sixth hole as well as other vacation and shopping sprees hole-in-one opportunities.

WCCC President Joe Cassidy said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for people in Washington County to show what they are made of and step forward to help students enrolled in courses at WCCC. Each year we have enough golfers to fill each of the team slots and they enthusiastically spend part of their day on the links. We are so fortunate to have that kind of support here at the college.”

Last year, the college raised more than $16,000 for the scholarship program. It hopes to raise that and more this year. “What we have discovered is that people in the area are really generous and they want to make a difference in a student’s life,” Cassidy added.

What makes this scholarship program so unique is the role that the individual or business that donates plays in the life of the student because each $250 donation goes directly to the student.

And a popular part of the program; donors are able to create their scholarship in their name or their business’ name. Some even have created a scholarship in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donors choose the program of studies and create the criteria; $250 or more can make a difference in a student’s life. But you don’t have to stop there; donation of $500 to $1,000 can help more than one student.

Cassidy said the Direct-to-Student-Scholarship program does make a difference. “Students who come from Washington County and are low income end up borrowing. This scholarship program is going to help them attend college and not graduate with a heavy college-loan debt.”

Individuals and businesses that have stepped forward to date and have submitted their donations include: Raye’s Mustard Mill of Eastport, Sunrise County Economic Council, Calais Press, Karen’s Diner, C & E Feeds, H & R Block, Andel Construction, Ben’s Fuzy Butt’s 4 Pets, The Eastland Motel, Calais Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship, Bell’s IGA, Sunrise Eye Care PA, John F. Cassidy, Sr. Scholarship, Farrell Family Scholarship, Barnes Family Scholarship, John Russell Scholarship, Border Electric, Calais Ace Home Center, Calais Motor Inn, Cassidy Family Book Scholarship, Churchill Family Scholarship, EBS Building Supplies, Harold Howland Family Scholarship, PCT Communications, Riverside Electric, Roger’s Auto Sales, St. Croix Regional Technical Center, Tammy Smith Tax and Accounting, the Calais Advertiser, the International Motel, WCCC Student Senate, WCCC Show & Shine, WQDY Inc., Mitchell/Lally Family Scholarship and Yancy’s Restaurant.

Additional donors include: Bar Harbor Bank and Trust of Lubec and Machias, Downeast Credit Union of Baileyville and Calais, Downeast LNG of Robbinston, Rob Wyatt, project manager for Downeast LNG of Robbinston, Dr. Brian Hoops of Baileyville, Ken and Jane Brooks Family Scholarship and Shining Star Scholarship and The Quoddy Tides of Eastport.

During the golf tournament, the names of each of the donors will be displayed on a large poster at the St. Croix Country Club and on the college’s website.

“Promoting the donors is important to us. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity,” the president said.

Anyone who would like to participate in the scholarship program can send their donation to Tina Erskine at Washington Community College, One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619. Make checks payable to the WCCC 2014 Scholarship Fund. For more information about the golf tournament or the scholarship program call Erskine at 454-1002.

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