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Day 2 of the Senior Center Fund Raiser  was another spectacular day here in Eastern CT. This was the 18 hole tournament to be followed by an awards buffet dinner at St Joseph’s Polish Society Club here in Colchester. A shotgun start for our 9 groups of 4 golfers took place at 1:30pm and off they went. Lots of laughter and fun could be heard all over the course as the teams made their way  around the course.
Due to the much larger number of golfers (our group and the public) I was glad I had worn a comfortable pair of shoes. No golf cart for EP today but I did see quite a few of the teams making their shots. Did you know that CSC was actually selling permission slip Mulligans for $5 each! They were a hot item as well as a conversation piece as to the number needed by certain individuals.
Making my way back to the Buick and home the pressure was on to transfer photos to a flash drive so they could be used along with the previous day’s images on a huge flat screen at the dinner. A few quick edits and mission accomplished.
The buffet dinner was catered by Papa Z’s restaurant and was simply delicious. Salads, pasta, meatballs/sauce, chicken marsala, pizza, roast potatoes, bread and butter. All you could eat and then some! Coffee and cake rounded out the meal.
And the venue? A beautifully decorated room with gleaming crystal chandeliers and 17 tables set by the CSC Staff and Volunteers for 136 diners. What a TEAM!!

The generous support from our local community merchants and some much further afield was outstanding.  Although they are too numerous to mention here, they were recognized at the dinner as well as in the programs distributed at the course.
The lucky winners in each category received their honors and applause and then it was on to the drawing of raffle tickets. Patty Watts was an excellent Mistress of Ceremonies throughout the evening with more laughter and cheering as the winning tickets were read out.  And on a personal note…we really sounded great as we sang a slightly early “Happy Birthday” to our oh, so dear Fran.  98 years young (next week) and still line dancing on Thursdays with Priscilla’s group at the Senior Center.

The first fundraiser was proposed by Luke Hajdasz to the Center early in 2014.  With continuing support from his family the first tournament raised $3000 which was utilized by the Center to purchase and install 3 shiney new computers and work stations for use by our seniors.  36 golfers participated and slightly more than 50 took part in the buffet dinner.  This year there were 54 golfers participating and 136 enjoyed the buffet dinner.
The final tally for 2015 is $till a work in progre$$ but 2014’s success has most definitely been eclipsed by 2015’s tournament.
Plans are no doubt being made for 2016 so stay tuned.  Who knows, perhaps by next year I may be able to at least knock the ball off the tee??

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