JIMMY FUND GOLF BELL& HUDSON GOLF PUTT-A-THON 5/20/2011
2010 putt-a-thon putters and volunteers helped raise an amazing $50,000 for the Jimmy Fund bringing their six year fundraising total to more than $220,000.
The Bell & Hudson/Evergreene Golf Putt-a-Thon for the Jimmy Fund began with a small insurance agency in 2005. The employees of Bell & Hudson Insurance Agency, Inc. of Belchertown, Mass., had faced a lot of tragedy. Jim Phaneuf, the president, had watched his sister battle cancer for four years. Three of his coworkers had lost their spouses to the disease. Together in grief they felt compelled to do something and decided to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through Jimmy Fund Golf.
Phaneuf met up with a former Bell & Hudson employee who had recently built a mini-golf course, and they decided that the best way to combat cancer was with a putt-a-thon. The Bell & Hudson/Evergreene Golf Putt-a-Thon for the Jimmy Fund was born, the first-ever Jimmy Fund mini-golf tournament. This year’s tournament will be held on May 20.
Each year, to honor all of those who have been affected by cancer, hundreds of golfers of all ages participate in the Bell & Hudson/Evergreene Golf Putt-a-Thon for the Jimmy Fund at Evergreene Golf in Belchertown, Mass. This year, the tournament is even more special as Phaneuf’s sister, Mary Ellen Anton, succumbed to cancer in July 2010.
The tournament features three putt-a-thon fleets, beginning at 2:00 p.m., continuing at 4:00 p.m., and the last fleet at 6:00 p.m. Each putter must commit to a fundraising goal of at least $100. More than 200 golfers participated last year.
With the modest goal of $5,000 to start, the putt-a-thon was able to raise $17,000 in its first year. Going into its seventh year, the putt-a-thon has raised a total of more than $220,000 for cancer research and care at Dana-Farber. This year, the tournament hopes to raise at least one dollar more than last year, $50,501.
Among all of the fun, are a couple of rivalries, including the “Challenge Cup Winner,” a putting battle between three Belchertown banks. The winner of the Challenge Cup proudly displays the silver cup at their office until the next year. A “Public Safety Challenge” is also held between area police and firemen. A Red Hatters group also participates each year. Mary Ellen was a member of this group, and they offered a support system to Anton during her treatment, and continue to play in her memory. Belchertown High School also had a team of putters last year.
To register for the Bell & Hudson/Evergreene Golf Putt-a-Thon for the Jimmy Fund on May 20, please visit www.jimmyfundputtathon.org. For more information please call 413-323-9611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Jimmy Fund Golf
The Jimmy Fund Golf Program is one of the oldest and largest charity golf programs in the country. Now in its 29th year, The Jimmy Fund Golf Program has raised more than $80 million for life-saving cancer research and treatment for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The 2011 presenting sponsors for this year’s program include American Airlines, Callaway Golf, Dunkin’ Donuts, Forty Seven Brand, HomeGoods, the International Golf Club, and GateHouse Media New England. For more information, visit www.jimmyfundgolf.org or call 866-521-4653.
About The Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research and improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children’s Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund (www.jimmyfund.org) save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer.