Perkins School for the Blind hosted its fourth annual golf tournament on Monday, bringing friends and benefactors of the organization together to tee off for a good cause.
In all, more than 120 people – comprising 30 foursomes – took to the sprawling, pristine course at Charles River Country Club in Newton, Massachusetts for the tournament and, together, raised more than $170,000 for the organization.
Having grown over the years, Perkins President and CEO Dave Power said the tournament has “become a Perkins tradition,” adding it serves to support a wide variety of programs and the children and young adults who are blind or visually impaired who rely on them.
“Perkins is really on a roll right now,” said Power during a post-round reception. “We’re really focused on how to help young adults be successful in the world through efforts like our College Success Program and job training initiatives. We’re also working internationally.”
As it has in years past, the tournament this year will additionally uplift Perkins’ athletic programs. During the reception, golfers were challenged to fill out “sports challenge cards,” thereby making contributions to secure equipment and other materials. The funds will enable students who are blind to enjoy any number of sports, including golf, track, skiing and goalball, an accessible game played wearing blindfolds.
Throughout the event there were additional ways for participants to give, whether through purchasing ‘mulligans’ or taking part in hole-in-one and other in-game challenges. For their efforts and contributions, golfers were entered into raffles to win prizes, including floor tickets to see pop superstar Sam Smith.
“This has turned into a really nice event in addition to raising money for a great institution,” added Steve Demirjian, the Perkins corporator and member of the Trust Board who organizes the tournament each year.
The game itself played out under a sunny sky after a cloudy morning, perfect weather for golfers to practice their short game or sharpen their backswings. But while leisurely, the annual golf tournament is about much more than the good natured competition. Since launching in 2015, the annual event has raised more than $660,000 to improve the lives of children and young adults who are blind or visually impaired both on campus and off.
“This tournament has really moved into its own as a world-class charity event,” said Power. “It’s a lot of fun.”