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AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament raises funds for patient care equipment

First place team in the 31st Annual AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament is, from left to right, Kevin Fogarty, Bob Scheele, John R. Morris, and Chris Ouellette. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
June 20, 2019
GORHAM — On Friday, June 7, the AVH Auxiliary held its 31st Annual Golf Tournament at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club in Gorham. One hundred and forty golfers teed off in the four-person scramble. This year, the Golf Tournament Committee chose to raise funds to help purchase a Digital Ultrasonic Imaging System for the Ob/Gyn Clinic and Women's Services/Valley Birthplace, Three Patient Recliners and Accessory Equipment for the AVH Infusion Center, Infant/Pediatric Patient Monitor for the Emergency Department, and Phototherapy System for Women's Services/Valley Birthplace at Androscoggin Valley Hospital.

In addition to an 18-hole round of golf, each golfer received a continental breakfast, goodie bag, AVH logo pullover, BBQ on course and at the club house, and participation in the Putting, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin Contests. Optional contests were Team Skins and Double Your Money (Vegas Hole).

The winning foursome was Kevin Fogarty, John R. Morris, Chris Ouellette, and Bob Scheele with a net score of 54.73. Second place was Michael Boyson, Lise King, Rick King, and Gary Roy with a net score of 55.59. Third place was Peter Allain, Brian Dupont, Tyler Martin, and Devin Kelley with a net score of 56.94.

Other winners in the Tournament were Andrew McKenna for men's closest to the pin on hole #3, and Diane Gorham for women's closest to the pin on hole #15. Brian Dupont won longest drive for men on hole #1, and Noretta Peterson won longest drive for women on hole #11. All received a gift certificate to the Androscoggin Valley Country Club Pro Shop. The Putting Contest final qualifier was Steve Flynn who missed the 60-foot putt by a few feet. Nice try! Steve won a Logitech Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker generously donated by Connection for being the Putting Contest final qualifier.

Our sponsorships were by team, player, or donation. Double Eagle Sponsors ($2,500 or more) were the AVH Foundation, AVH Medical Staff, Linda and John Arsenault, CGI Business Solutions, and Dr. & Mrs. Richard Kardell. Eagle Sponsors ($1,000 to $2,499) were A.R. Couture Construction Corporation; Catholic Medical Center; Gallagher Insurance | Risk Management | Consulting; Granite State GI Consultants, PLLC; Griffin Security Technologies, LLC; Langford & Low, Inc.; Mr. Auto (two teams); Northway Bank; Rath, Young, & Pignatelli, P.C.; SMRT; Service Credit Union (two teams); and The Downeast Group at Morgan Stanley. The Tournament also had many other sponsors including Team sponsors ($700), Birdie ($700 to $999), Par ($175 to $699), Player ($175), and Donations (up to $174). All of these generous sponsorships helped to make the Tournament a huge success!

To help raise additional funds, a Tournament raffle was held. First place prize, four tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game, generously donated by Helms & Company, Inc., was won by Moe Laroche. Second place prize, two tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game, generously donated by Gilcoine & Burke Insurance Agency, Inc., was won by Todd Gendron. Third place prize, two tickets to a 2019/20 Season Boston Bruins Game, generously donated by Leaders For Today, was won by Donna Godin. Fourth place prize, two tickets to a 2019/20 Season Boston Celtics Game, generously donated by Leaders For Today, was won by Eddie DeBlois. Fifth place prize, a Beautyrest Silver Queen Mattress and Box Spring Set, generously donated by Top Furniture, was won by Anthony Printsky. Sixth place prize, One Round of Golf for Four Players at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort, generously donated by Bretton Woods Ski Area/Omni Mt. Washington Resort, was won by Pete Morency. A late addition, seventh place prize, Two Tickets to June 8 Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Rays Game, generously donated by WB Mason, was won by Shaun Lapointe. The lucky winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Mike Gilcoine who won $536!

Berlin City Auto Group generously sponsored the Hole-in-One Contest which included top prize of a two-year lease on a 2019 Buick Encore. No golfer got a hole-in-one. The AutoNorth Pre-Owned Superstore generously sponsored a $100,000 Closest-to-the-Pin Contest. The four golfers getting closest-to-the-pin on hole #13 received a chance to make a 165' (men)/150' (women) shot on hole #18. Qualifiers Tyler Martin, Buddy Holmes, Guy Lopez, and Cecile Labrecque did not get a hole-in-one. Nice tries!

The Golf Tournament Committee dedicated this year's Tournament to Beth Isaacson-Dupont, AVH Auxiliary Board Member and Tournament Chairperson for 19 years. Linda Morris, AVH Volunteer Coordinator and AVH Auxiliary President and Liaison stated, "Due to the dynamic efforts of Beth, the Auxiliary has made financial contributions to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in excess of $750,000 to benefit patient care and experience." Beth was given a beautiful presentation of flowers along with a commemorative granite paver in her honor that will placed in the AVH Auxiliary "Impressions of Care" Walkway at AVH. Thanks to Beth's dedication and efforts, the AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament is one of the classiest tournaments in the State.

Special thanks to the Golf Tournament Committee who organized this huge event: Beth Isaacson-Dupont, Chairperson; Donna Godin; Brian Inkell; Sue Landry; Linda Morris; Jerry Nault; Diane Paradis; James Patry; and Michael Peterson. Special thanks to Bill Blunden, AVH Facilities Director and his staff for setup and cleanup; Brian Inkell, AVH Food Service, Housekeeping and Laundry Director and his staff for the breakfast and BBQ; Coca-Cola of Northern New England for beverages; Country Kitchen for burger buns and hot dog rolls; Abbott Rental & Party Store for tents, tables and chairs; Town & Country Inn and Resort for ice; Alyson Blanchette and Taylor Dupont for taking team and candid photos; Gary Riff, Androscoggin Valley Country Club Golf Pro, and his staff; and to all of the Auxilians and volunteers who helped with registration, cooking, prizes, contests, and more. Thanks to everyone who supported, volunteered, or contributed to the Tournament, an amazing gross total of $52,585 was raised to benefit patient care at Androscoggin Valley Hospital!

Please mark your calendar for next year's 32nd Annual AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, June 5, 2020. For more information, please call Linda Morris, AVH Auxiliary President/Liaison, at 326-5676. Please visit AVH at www.avhnh.org or on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and Pinterest. AVH is a proud member of North Country Healthcare.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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