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Golfers Saturday Swing for WCCC Education

Posted July 08, 2013, at 2:16 p.m.

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

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

The tournament will help raise scholarship money for WCCC students.

Again this year, numerous individuals and businesses have stepped forward to support the scholarship fund beginning with Bell’s IGA and H & R Block of Calais and Machias whose donations will help dress this year‘s golfers out in bright blue commemorative T-shirts.

And there are some newcomers who are donating for the first time this year including Ben’s Fuzy Butz 4 Pets, Kendall’s Fine Jewelers and the Calais Rotary Club in memory of Dolph Lentz. There also are some new family scholarships, the Gladys Moholland Memorial Scholarship, Lally-Mitchell Family Scholarship Fund and the Farrell Family Scholarship, all of Calais.

Returning benefactors include: the Dr. Brian Hoops, D.D.S. Scholarship of Baileyville and Andel Construction Service LLC. There also is the Ken & Jane Brooks Scholarship, Arlo Smith Family Scholarship, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust of Lubec, the Calais Advertiser, Inc., Calais Motor Inn, Daylily Dyeworks of Perry, the Dead River Company, Paradis Shop ’n Save, Downeast Credit Union, Harold Howland Family Scholarship, Eastern Maine Electric Coop, EBS Building Supplies, Thomas DiCenzo Company Inc. the Eastland Motel in Lubec, Eastport Health Care, PCT Communications, Rayes Mustard, Quoddy Pilots USA and the Eastport Port Authority.

Other contributors include: Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. and the Quoddy Tides of Eastport, Riverside Electric, Mingo Construction, Inc., Roger’s Auto Sales, the St. Croix Regional Technical Center, Sunrise Eye Care, the International Motel, Wesserunsett Consulting LLC, WQDY FM, Yancy’s Restaurant, the Cassidy Family Book Scholarship, the Churchill Family Scholarship, Diane Barnes, the WCCC Student Senate all of Calais and the F. Marjorie Hedlund Scholarship.

For golfers the fun starts on Saturday, July 13, hopefully with a hole-in-one. The winner who hits a hole-in-one on the first hole will win a flashy new 2014 Chevrolet Impala. “We are really excited about being the sponsor again for the Washington Community College,”” said tournament co-sponsor Ian Pratt of Pratt Chevrolet- Olds-Buick-Pontiac-Geo on the River Road in Calais. “They provide a great service to our community and we always like to give back as a Calais business.”

In addition to the car, every participant who tests drives a new car at Pratt’s after the tournament will receive a free pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses valued at $200. “If you are having trouble getting your husband or wife to give you the time off to play at the tournament all day, just offer to give them the sunglasses,” Pratt said with a laugh. “Or better yet, make it a family affair and both husband and wife should play and they each will get a pair of sunglasses once they test drive one of our great cars.”

Pratt said he likes being a co-sponsor of the WCCC golf tournament. The other co-sponsor is the St. Croix Country Club. “It is almost like a homecoming,” Pratt said of the tournament. “A lot of people come home to play in this tournament and visit with friends and family. That is fantastic. Only in a small town could a college be such an integral part of the community that people know all about it and are involved in it. The college contributes so much to the economic well-being of our entire county.”

ln addition to the hole in one on the first hole, there are other hole in one prizes including a Fairmount golf vacation, 4 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses and a $500 golf clothing shopping spree on some of the other holes.

And it all goes to a good cause. Two years ago, former WCCC President Joyce Hedlund came up with the idea of the Direct-to-Student Scholarship Program as part of the golf tournament.

A popular part of the scholarship program allows donors to create their scholarship in their name or their business’ name. They can even create 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.

In March, last year’s scholarships were presented to 45 WCCC students. Although an Annual Student Scholarship luncheon had been planned, Mother Nature did not cooperate and the luncheon had to be canceled. This year, in place of a banquet sponsors will receive commemorative t-shirts.

Anyone who would like to participate in the scholarship program can send their donation to Erskine at Washington Community College, One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619, or for more information about the golf tournament or the scholarship program call Erskine at 454-1002.

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