The New England PGA’s Chapters recently launched the New England PGA Foundation late last year, which is a regional off-shoot of the PGA of America’s successful PGA Reach program. And already, the six chapters have found ways to give back to their respective communities.
The Maine Chapter recently visited nurses and patients at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, and presented them with a donation from the foundation. Their contribution will go to enriching the lives of the patients through helping purchase new toys and games for children to play with while undergoing long, tough treatments and stays in the hospital.
The chapter in the Bay State recently provided support to the Planting The Seed Foundation in Worcester, Mass. Members Allan Belden, Mark Aldrich, Shawn Durocher, and Brian Smith were at the drive to present the Foundation donation. The non-profit group is dedicated to helping Worcester-area youths who are homeless or about to become homeless.
The chapter down on Cape Cod stepped up big time over the holidays, and chipped in to assist the Joint Cape Cod Base following a devastating fire in the barracks which destroyed all of the toys collected for the holidays. The foundation’s Ops Manager, Mickey Herron, personally delivered the NEPGA’s donation to the Military Base Support Foundation that helped purchase new toys for those families impacted.
The Vermont Chapter visited the Children’s Hospital at the University of Vermont’s Medical Center in Burlington, VT. They brought their donation of arts and craft supplies that will stay in the common areas for all the children to enjoy throughout their time at UVM Medical, as well as some First tee golf equipment for the patients to use. The Vermont PGA Pros also provided some golf instruction to the children.
New Hampshire Chapter
The chapter up in the Granite State partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Hampshire. Led by Joanne Flynn, the New Hampshire Chapter members visited the Salem, NH Chapter. The PGA Professionals got to interact with some of the children, while learning more about ways they will be able to help in the future.
Rhode Island Chapter
The Rhode Island Chapter made a trip to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence to deliver smiles along with their New England PGA Foundation donation. The PGA Professionals were happy to be able to make even a small difference in their lives and brighten their day.
The New England PGA has urged all of its PGA Professionals to get involved with the Foundation in any way. The Foundation Committee, led by NEPGA President Rob Jarvis, is planning more Foundation activities throughout 2017. Anyone who is interested in getting involved in the foundation, can reach out to the New England Section Staff or to President Jarvis.
The New England PGA Golf Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is committed to its mission of impacting lives through golf. We are dedicated to positively impacting the lives of veterans, youth and diverse populations.The New England PGA Charitable Foundation is designed to encourage fellowship, good sportsmanship, continued skill development, honesty, integrity and etiquette.