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EpiscoGolf 2020 tees up virtually for 25th year

May 28, 2020
WAKEFIELD — The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist (StJB, Sanbornville), fondly called "the little white church on the hill," is well known for its warm hospitality and generous community support. StJB's premiere community outreach program -- its annual EpiscoGolf Tournament -- enters its 25th year in 2020, under the able committee leadership of Peter & Loretta Campbell, Jim Keating & Maureen Gillum. Sadly, while there can't be our typical physical EpiscoGolf tournament in mid-August with the uncertainties of Covid-19, St John's will hold a virtual event this year in order to continue to support our local children's charities that need help now more than ever.

"Since 1995, StJB's EpiscoGolf's Children's Charity Tournament has become an essential support for local charities to help kids," shared Peter Campbell, StJB's EpiscoGolf Co-Chair. "These most worthy organizations have come to depend on us and we simply can't let them down, especially in this most crucial time of need." Hence, Campbell announced, "While we had to cancel our actual tournament this year, we're holding a virtual event – a special StJB's EpiscoGolf 2020 Golden Ticket Raffle this year," as later detailed.

He also stressed, "One hundred percent of EpiscoGolf's proceeds go to help kids," and since he's kept records (2009-2019), "StJB's EpiscoGolf has collectively contributed $84,600 to children's charities."

"The outreach mission of St. John's EpiscoGolf is to better the quality of life for underprivileged children by providing grants to children's organizations and charities," detailed EpiscoGolf's Co-Chair, Loretta Campbell. She added, "EpiscoGolf is a non-denominational community outreach program providing grants regardless of religion, race, gender, color, sex, or national origin."

"Thanks to more than 30 generous sponsors – including Green Mountain Furniture, Eastern Propane, Edward Jones Financial, Poor Peoples Pub, and Rochester Toyota – along with 120 golfers and many volunteers, EpiscoGolf 2019 was St John's biggest and most successful tournament to date," amiably shared "Jimbo" Keating.

He also thanked last year's entertaining EpiscoGolf emcee's (Jim "Hap" Horrigan & Beau Keating) and detailed more than $12,000 from EpiscoGolf 2019 proceeds were dispersed through grants to support a dozen local organizations to benefit kids, as shown.

St John's is now tee'ing up for its celebrated 25th EpiscoGolf efforts to be held virtually via the StJB's EpiscoGolf 2020 Golden Ticket Raffle. In short, a limited one hundred $100 raffle tickets will be sold with a chance to win a 1st prize of up to $2,020 cash (20 percent of raffle sales), along with runner-up prizes; the drawing will be Aug. 19 – the same date the actual 2020 tournament was scheduled to take place. Please contact Peter & Loretta at lecampzero@gmail.com, Maureen at mgillum.m@gmailcom or visit: www.stjohbtb.org/episcogolf; for more info on EpiscoGolf sponsorship opportunities or purchase your Golden Raffle Ticket to win up to $2,020 cash.

StJB's Father Dave DeSalvo, offered, "EpiscoGolf, now in its 25th year, has been a critical long-term mission of hope for St John's – though virtual in 2020, EpiscoGolf still invests in the future of our community by supporting its children."

He concluded, "St John prays you are and remain well and safe; we hope to joyously see everyone back on Province Lake's beautiful golf links for StJB's 26th annual EpiscoGolf in August 2021. We all look forward to simply being together in community for some good golf fun and continue to serve our children in need."

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