Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you to all of you who joined with us to celebrate our son James’s life so joyfully and in so many ways on June 11th at his cherished home course, Wollaston Golf Club. It was a glorious day. The course was in impeccable tournament condition with Tournament Co-Chairs, Jay Driscoll, Brendan Mahoney and Tyler Ferrari reporting that the greens were “James speed”. Our thanks to the tremendous Wollaston team, in the Pro Shop, the clubhouse and on the course.
This day, this Tournament would not have been possible without the support, feedback, recommendations, and commitment of our Board Members and tireless volunteers. The cheerful giving of Tournament Sponsors and In-Kind Donors provided immeasurable support. And, from near and far, donors participated and we are ever so grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity which made the auctions so successful and fun.
It’s difficult to explain the energy and excitement that filled the air for this tremendous tournament tribute to James’s life and passion for golf – provided courtesy of the players and guests! Highlights included Conventures’ and Tucker Skenderian’s surprise of the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox World Series Trophies. Seve Mustone, who read his Freshman composition and a poem about the friendship he had with James and the loss. And, Kevin Looney, the first recipient of the James McDonough Scholarship at St. Sebastian’s, funded by our 2011 Tournament, joined us with his Dad.
Shortly after James’s accident, Lisa, at Wollaston shared with us that James’s nickname at Wollaston was “A Wink and A Smile”. Looking out the Wollaston office windows to the parking lot and seeing James arrive, they would comment, “Oh, here comes A Wink and A Smile”. And so, with A Wink and A Smile in our hearts and our very respectful nod of appreciation to everyone who participated in so many ways, we want you to know that we love this Tournament you have so graciously and generously helped us create. We thank you sincerely; wish you all well; look forward to hearing from you from time to time, and will feel honored and blessed if you are able to be with us again next year.
With heartfelt appreciation,
Peggy and Jim