The Winiarzes of Norton, Massachusetts, have uniquely combined their passion for golf with their love of family—much to the benefit of the Jimmy Fund. The resulting tournament, “Birdies for Babcia 2,” on September 24 at the MGA Links at Mamantapett in their home town, raised more than $11,500.
Under the auspices of Jimmy Fund Golf, this second annual event of the Winiarz foursome brings their charity contributions to more than $20,000. Parents Tim and Dianne and sons Adam, a sophomore at UMass Dartmouth, and Jared, a junior at Norton HS, regard their efforts as a labor of love. It is their way of honoring the memory of their Babcia, grandmother Florence Rogodzinski, and Dziadziu, grandfather Michael Winiarz. Also, Adam and Jared, participants in The First Tee of Massachusetts, are honored to give back to the game that means so much to them.
“Birdies for Babcia 2” was a highly anticipated sequel to the inaugural tournament of 2015 and attracted a large, enthusiastic field to the 2,400 yard, par-3 MGA Links at Mamantapett, home to The First Tee of Massachusetts. Winning the scramble format event with a 45 (-9) were four players from the Granite State: Casey Bolduc, Shane Bolduc, Steve Moore and Eddie Lukas. Mike Patalano was “Closest to the Pin,” and Brian Bettencourt made the “Longest Putt.”
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped in any way to make our tournament a success,” said event director Dianne Winiarz. “On behalf of the tournament hosts, Adam and Jared, we would like to thank everyone who volunteered, sponsored, donated, golfed or helped in any way to make our tournament a huge success for the Jimmy Fund!”
Now in its 34th year, Jimmy Fund Golf has raised more than $97 million to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. From traditional golf tournaments and country club member events to mini-golf tournaments and day-long golf marathons, golfers of all ages and skill levels participate to raise funds for cancer research through Jimmy Fund Golf. (www.jimmyfund.org/events/golf)
The Jimmy Fund, started in 1948, supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. The Jimmy Fund is the official charity of the Boston Red Sox and the Pan-Mass Challenge. (www.jimmyfund.org) WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?