Par For The Course
By Tom Lally
I’m not a golfer, which oftentimes makes me the odd man out. In fact, I might be the only guy in our office who doesn’t play. I do think the driving range and mini golf are fun, so I’m not totally against the sport. I just have no interest in learning how to chip and putting all of the pieces together for a full 9 or 18 holes. So you might be a little surprised to hear that recently I spent an entire day at Fall River Country Club. But it was to volunteer not play, so you can get those jaws off the floor. This was the first year (of hopefully many!) of the Tee for Cancer Free golf tournament to benefit the Megan Lally Memorial Fund.
My cousin Megan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, when she was just 27 years old. She beat it the first time, but not the second, and passed away in 2011. Her friends and family – including her amazing husband Rusty – established this memorial fund in her name and have hosted several events in the years since. Megan loved to run, which led to a 5k in Worcester and more recently a team running a 24-hour overnight relay race across Massachusetts. To date these events have raised $90,000 to benefit breast cancer research.
Although this was the first year of the golf tournament, it went even better than I could have hoped for! No matter that I don’t golf, I knew I had to be there. So I took the day off from work to volunteer my help with whatever they needed. I showed up bright and early – ok, maybe not too early, but I’m not naturally a morning person so my idea of a day off includes sleeping in. Before the golfers arrived we were busy putting together lunches and setting up the silent auction. When the golfers did start to arrive we helped check them in and sold raffle tickets. And after they teed off, we finally had a second for a quick lunch ourselves before moving everything to the banquet room where the dinner would be. All told there were about 60 golfers and I don’t have the final tally but this will likely push Megan’s memorial fund over the six-figure mark.
When it was all over I was so glad to have spent a beautiful day seeing many familiar faces and raising money for a cause very near to my heart. I’m already looking forward to next year.
The author of this article is Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at US Wealth Management.