BOYLSTON, Mass. – Three charities in Shrewsbury and Westborough won big in State Rep. Matt Beaton's first-ever Golf Classic on Monday, which boasted larger than expected donations and a more than full house of golfers.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessor Karyn Polito, Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) held the tournament to raise funds for Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services and the Westborough Food Pantry. He also added St. Anne's Human Services, which assists the poor and needy in the local community with food and clothing, to the tournament recipients.
"I really wanted to do this as your State Rep. as I've always tried to be involved and reach out," Beaton said.
Each charity received $11,500, more than the anticipated and previously donated $10,000, to help continue to serve the communities Beaton represents.
"In these difficult economic times, these charities are going to continue to help those in our communities thanks to your contributions," Beaton told the 140 golfers.
Golfers attended the events from both sides of the political aisle, including State Sen. Mike Moore, Worcester County Sherriff Lew Evangilidis and members of both the Shrewsbury and Westborough Boards of Selectmen.
"We wanted to put politics aside and work together," Beaton said. "I think we were able to do that with all of the people that were here."
The Gene J. DeFeudis Family Foundation was the presenting sponsor of the event. Double Eagle Sponsors included Hair-Lines for Paul Mitchell Systems and Wheelabrator Shrewsbury; Eagle Sponsors included Beaton Kane Construction, Central One Federal Credit Union and the Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union.
Beaton said he was thankful for the Event Host Committee who put together to tournament in just a few short months. Members included Jim Buonomo, Bruce Card, Scott Casavant, Gene DeFeudis, Tim Dodd, Denny Drewry, Tom Gorsuch, Lisa Greene, Michael Gregory, Michael Hale, John Heald, Robert Jacques, Jim & Hannah Kane, Elaine Leblanc, David L'Ecuyer, Mindy McKenzie-Hebert, Chris Mehne, Wendy Mickel, Moira Miller, Jason Palitsch, Nancy Quimby, Richard Ricker and June Tomaiolo.
Beaton said planning for next year's Beaton Charity Golf Classic is already underway for next year, with the event being planned for Aug. 19, 2013.