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Golf tournament May 1 will benefit student fund

by Richard Veilleux - April 6, 2009


The Division of Student Affairs is sponsoring a May Day charity golf tournament to bolster the Students First Fund, a program that offers monetary help to students facing a family or personal emergency.

The Students First Fund Golf Tournament, sponsored by Rockville Bank, will take place May 1 at the Willimantic Country Club. The event features a round of golf in a scramble format, a cart, and buffet lunch. A silent auction will also be held. The fee is $125, with a portion going to the fund.

“More often than we would like, students find themselves in a challenging situation,” says John Saddlemire, vice president for student affairs.

“Books or laptops are lost during a flood, they’re called away for a family emergency and can’t afford the plane fare, a fire destroys their belongings. So many things can happen and, especially in these trying economic times, sometimes neither they nor their family can afford to replace what’s lost.

“The Students First Fund is an initiative that makes a positive difference in the lives of students when it is most needed,” he adds.

Scott Gallo, who works in the Department of Residential Life and has seen students in need, came up with the idea and is coordinating the tournament.

Players may register as a team or as individuals.

For more information, call Gallo at 860-486-5457 or go to www.dsa.uconn.edu/golf




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