Alex's Lemonade Stand golf tournament a big hit in support of childhood cancer research and treatment

Published on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:43
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON - It was a lovely autumn day to tee off at Indian Hill Country Club Tuesday, and 29 foursomes participating in the 10th annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand Tournament did just that.

The Newington Rotary Club event was rescheduled from its original Sept. 28 date and of the 128 golfers who had registered for it, 116 played.

“I was so proud of all the sponsors and golfers who muscled up even though it cost them another day of work and a little bit of inconvenience,” Chairman Mike Turgeon told the Herald. “Everybody has been so wonderful.”

Newington Rotarians have a close relationship with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which supports childhood cancer research and treatment and provides assistance to families whose children are battling the disease.

In the last decade since the tournament was founded, the club has donated over $198,000 to the national charity organization.

“We’re looking to give another $25,000 this year,” Turgeon said.

A banquet dinner took place at Indian Hill following the golf outing and club members gave a presentation on Alex’s Lemonade Stand for the few first-time participants.

Many people golf or attend the dinner every year to support the cause.

Golf Professional Wayne Smyth told the Herald that Indian Hill is a member of Newington Rotary and staff are honored to host the annual tournament.

“We’re proud to be partners with Rotary in this whole thing,” Smyth said. “The majority of outings we host here are fundraisers for Newington-based organizations.”

The Newington Police and Fire Golf Tournament, for example, takes place at Indian Hill, as does the Newington High School Project Graduation outing.

There were several “Hole-in-One” prizes donated to Tuesday’s tournament by area businesses including West Hill Automotive and Connecticut Insurance Exchange. It was unclear if anyone shot a hole in one to receive a prize, which was a $500 gift certificate to Turgeon Jewelers.

Other raffles took place in September, also in support of the cause.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:43. Updated: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:45.