Petit Family Foundation's 15th Annual Golf Tournament draws large crowds, raises significant funds

Published on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 13:10


PLAINVILLE – The Petit Family Foundation’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament, held Monday at The Country Club of Farmington drew large crowds and raised significant funds to assist the Foundation’s mission.

“We had a good turnout – a full field,” set Petit. “Farmington Country Club has taken great care of us these past 15 years. The course was in incredible shape too. After the flooding we had in August and September, seven holes were underwater at one point. But, everything was good for the day of the tournament. The course was in incredible shape; everyone was happy with the condition. It was a nice October day, starting off a little chilly but warming up by the afternoon.”

The tournament, which is one of the Petit Family Foundation’s largest fundraisers, saw participation from 164 golfers and raised in excess of $60,000 according to Bill Petit. This, he said, puts the tournament’s fundraising level back to where it was at pre-pandemic. The funds raised will allow the Petit Family Foundation to continue to help foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences, improve the lives of those affected by chronic illness and aid those affected by violence.

Last year, due to the pandemic, the Petit Family Foundation’s Golf Tournament had been limited to 100 people and 25 foursomes and had no auctions or raffles.

“It was just to thank people who had participated in the first 14 years,” he said.

This year, Petit said, the tournament was moved from March to the fall due to uncertainty earlier this year about covid-19 regulations. However, the tournament was able to return to its regular format this year.

There were shotgun starts in the morning and afternoon, with 41 foursomes in total. The raffles and silent auctions were back. Prizes were awarded for the longest drive and closest to the pin as well as a hole in one prize and three par three prizes.

Petit said that people came from near and far to help support the Petit Family Foundation.

“We had a group of about a dozen Foundation supporters come from the Philadelphia area,” said Petit. “We also had some folks come in from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.”

Petit said he is grateful to those who have supported the Petit Family Foundation as the tournament reached its 15 year milestone. He thanked Cheri Ziebka for chairing this year’s golf tournament and Bernie Lidestri for chairing it in past years.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 13:10. Updated: Tuesday, 12 October 2021 13:13.