United Way golf tourney raises nearly $10K

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 29 June 2019 at 9:36 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: This team of Dan Maciejewski of Orchard Park, Jeff Lowry of Buffalo, Lidia Santos of East Amherst and Mike Hofer of Lancaster represented Western New York Blue Cross/Blue Shield at United Way of Orleans County’s golf tournament on June 21 at Shelridge Country Club. Because a number of their sales reps work in the Orleans County area, they wanted to show their support for United Way.

MEDINA – This year’s golf tournament to benefit the United Way in Orleans County saw an increase in golfers and more net revenue for the organization.

This year’s 80 golfers was up from the 56 in last year’s tournament, said Dean Bellack, United Way executive director.

The tournament is a significant fundraiser for United Way of Orleans County, and raised $9,537 after expenses for the United Way.

“Support for this year’s golf tournament to benefit United Way of Orleans County grew significantly, and the money raised grew as well,” Bellack said.

David Bilson of Amherst, an employee of Brunner in Medina, practices putting before the golf tournament at Shelridge Country Club.

Dave Cook of Lyndonville, an avid golfer and longtime board member of United Way of Orleans County, was chairman of the tournament at Shelridge Country Club. His team, which included Mike Bielak, Sharon Zacher and Jeanne Whipple were the mixed team winners.

Cook thanked the many sponsors and supporters who assisted to make the tournament and fundraiser a success.

“The money raised goes towards services for individuals of Orleans County, through our agency partners,” he said.

The winning men’s team was from Hartway Motors and was comprised of Lionel Rhim, Donnell Holloway, Josh Bennett and Dylan McEwan.

The United Way in Orleans County helps 14 agencies who assist people with emergency shelter and fuel, and provide meals for seniors, camps for the disabled, education for at-risk teens, exercise programs, hospice care and other services.

From left, Dean Bellack, director of United Way of Orleans County; Jodi Gaines, board member and official scorer for the annual United Way golf tournament; and Bill Hungerford, a board member whose father Van was instrumental in starting United Way in Western Orleans County back in the 1950s, helped to promote the golf tournament.

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