August 26, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Aug. 26, 2013


---- — CHEERS to Justin Herzog for doing something that reinforced, for a group of local women, how lucky we are to live in the North Country. The Women’s Barrack’s Golf League was wrapping up their season last week with a scramble and awards luncheon. They were using some of the revenue from their $45 membership fees to give out annual cash prizes. League Treasurer Donna Bell had cashed a check for $1,155, and Secretary Virginia “Ginny” Crispell had bought a box of regular-sized envelopes and filled individual envelopes with cash, tagged with names of winners and amounts, in her efficient way. After a round of golf, Crispell got off a cart driven by another member and packed her shoes and golf bag into her car trunk. The other woman drove off to do the same, returning minutes later. Crispell looked in the golf cart for the box of money-laden envelopes — it was gone! Thus began a frantic search of the parking lot by about six anxious women. Bell said Crispell was near tears and offering to pay the money from her own bank account. “We were looking under cars, between cars, on car roofs,” Bell said. Into this scene of panic drove Herzog, sticking an arm out of his pickup truck and asking, “Are you ladies looking for something?” Not knowing him at all, they said only that they had lost a box of envelopes. To their relief, he told them he had found the box in the parking lot and, seeing what it held, had turned it in to the pro shop. The crisis ended as suddenly as it started. Later, at the banquet, Bell related the tale to league members, saying: “It makes you proud of where you live and play golf.”

CHEERS to Lola Miller of Nova Bus and her hard-working volunteers for all they do to organize the Play To Give softball tournament, a major fundraiser for FitzPatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh. And a nod to the 48 teams that participated in this important event, held this past weekend, which was expected to raise $30,000 for this year. The large field of entries is proof that the players know the value of this event — and the rewarding feeling of helping a worthy community cause. Play to Give is the second-largest fundraising event for the Foundation of CVPH, after the annual themed summer party. And the softball tournament is the largest foundation money-producer put on by a community group. Cheers also go to the many area companies and their employees who support the tournament by underwriting costs and helping out, including Moldrite Plastics, Nova Bus, Bombardier, SpencerArl, B3CG Interconnect USA, Buffalo Jeans and Georgia Pacific, and to Y106.3, American Legion Post 1619 and Sons of the Legion Post 1619 for their hosting help. The money is used by the Cancer Center for staff and community education, patient programs, equipment and assistance for patients and their families. “The Play To Give Tournament drives home the positive impact these companies have on our community and reinforces the notion that the North Country is a great place to live,” hospital spokeswoman Chris Blake tells us.

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