Four red hearts on the printed program said it all, depicting the labor of love that has become Johnston Memorial Cancer Events (JMCE). It’s love and dedication that the families of the late Laura DeAngelis, Anna Mazzulla and Salvatore Gelsomino poured into Saturday’s fifth annual Johnston Memorial Cancer Golf Tournament.
Led by chairman Vin LaFazia, the two-dozen or so family members who make up the JMCE put on what participants in the 144-golfer field said was the best tournament to date.
“We don’t like to leave any stone unturned,” LaFazia said, as he and Ruthie Furia sold raffle tickets. “We want people to enjoy the day ... after all, our main mission is to raise as much money as possible to help fight cancer that strikes kids.”
In keeping with tradition, all proceeds from this year’s tournament, played at the 18-hole Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, Conn., will be donated to the Hematology and Oncology Pediatric Department of the Hasbro children’s Hospital.
“We don’t want to announce the final total until every penny has been counted,” LaFazia said. “People have again been very generous because they know what charity we give to in memory of Laura, Anna and Sal. On behalf of all our committee members, their families and friends, a very warm thank you for making this another great tournament.”
Guests arrived at Connecticut National and were greeted by a club official and several young staffers who immediately carried each golfer’s bag to the carts they’d use during the 18-hole event.
Golfers then proceeded to the portable kitchen, where JMCE Chairman Dennis Quaranta and Joe Wells were working with Eric, Sal and Phyllis Gelsomino to serve everything from homemade pizza to hot dogs and sausage and pepper sandwiches and soft drinks.
The families of Laura DeAngelis, Anna Mazzulla and Sal Gelsomino served lunch and presented gift bags courtesy of Gentry Moving to each golfer.
When the day’s straight scramble golf rounds were complete, the foursome of Dennis Tripodi, Dan Calabro, Bill Henry and Jim Arruda were crowned champions of the Men’s Division. The Ladies Division honors went to the foursome of Gayle Sepe, Carol Sepe, Lisa Keough and Donna Brady.
In the Co-ed Division, the custom-made trophies donated by World Trophy went to champs Randy and Kim Kosh and Rich and Giana Delponte.
“We’re especially grateful to this year’s major sponsors,” said Vin LaFazia, thanking Graham Builders Inc., Gentry Moving, Brewed Awakenings, Connecticut National Golf Club and CVS Pharmacy for their “generous donations.”
The chairman also issued special thanks to World Trophies, Eramian Sign, Calise’s Bakery, Johnston Recreation, Stop & Shop, Affiliated Insurance Managers and Muldowney Physical Therapy.
Nine other golf clubs were among the prize donors. They were: Lincoln Country Club, Laurel Lanes, Glocester CC, Jamestown CC, Ledgemont CC, Alpine CC, Triggs Memorial, Crystal Lake and Montaup.