Golf Tournament raises $5,000 towards van for veterans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Albion Rotary Club held its annual Curtis Lyman Memorial Golf Tournament last Thursday, and the club raised about $5,000 that will go towards a van to transport veterans to medical appointments.

The top photo shows one of the vans for veterans in the Lyndonville Fourth of July Parade. David Barhite is pictured in the passenger’s seat.

The Rotary Club last year also used the golf tournament proceeds to give $5,000 for a low-mileage van for Orleans County Joint Veterans Council.

The Veterans Council has five vans that it uses to take veterans to medical appointments. The Council is trying to replace high-mileage vans with low-mileage ones.

“They really have a big need to continually replace those vans,” said Cindy Perry, the golf tournament chairwoman. “It’s a revolving need.”

The Veterans Council acquires and owns the vans, and the VA pays for the gas and maintenance. The service is free to veterans. About 30 residents are faithful volunteer drivers, taking veterans back and forth to medical appointments.

There were about 70 golfers in the tournament at Hickory Ridge Country Club.

The winning men’s team shot a 57 in a scramble. Pictured from left includes: Jeremy Nardone, Erik Lunger, Ray Wager and Brian Klos.

The winning women’s team shot a 70. The team includes, from left: Kelly Froman, Mary Guzik, Barb Budde and Mari Ehrenreich.