A hole-in-one! How better to describe Perkins School for the Blind’s first-ever Golf Tournament, held June 29 at the Charles River Country Club in Newton?
The sold-out event raised $200,000 and attracted more than 120 golfers, giving 31 foursomes the opportunity to play one of New England’s finest courses.
The day couldn’t have been better. The previous afternoon’s rain stopped just in time to allow the ground to dry out, and the overcast skies kept the temperature comfortably in the 70s.
Golfers described the weather as ideal and the course as challenging. The green fairways were surrounded by majestic trees and dotted with strategically placed ponds, sand traps and changes in elevation.
But the day was about more than a golf score. Many players told me they enjoyed spending time with old and new friends, and appreciated the opportunity to support an organization like Perkins that touches so many lives in a positive way. A few golfers even donned a blindfold before taking a swing, to get a better sense of the challenges our students face – and overcome – on a daily basis.
All the money raised by the tournament will be used to provide children who are blind with the education, tools and skills they need to realize their full potential in life.
Included in the fundraising total was about $5,000 donated to our “Sports Are for Everyone” Challenge. Those funds are earmarked for Perkins’ Athletic Program, which uses sports to empower children who are blind, improve their well-being and foster self-confidence. The idea of giving students with visual impairments an opportunity to enjoy golf, track and other sports really resonated with this group. We couldn’t be more grateful for their generosity.
In addition to raising funds to improve the lives of children who are blind and deafblind, the tournament allowed us to share the story of Perkins and its mission with new friends in a fun-filled, celebratory atmosphere. Special thanks to Tournament Chair Steve Demirjian for doing such a great job planning and promoting the event.
We’ve wanted to host a golf tournament for a few years now. We’re really pleased that we were finally able to make it happen. To have it be such a success in its first year exceeded all expectations!
Emily Goodman is special events manager for the Perkins Trust. View other upcoming Perkins events, including the Taste of Perkins in October »