The Haverhill Gazette
---- — Garrison Golf Center was the place to be last week, whether you’re a golfer or not.
The event happening there was less about golf and more about helping struggling people in the community.
The center hosted the 44th annual Gazette Santa Fund Hole-in-One Contest, and the community responded like it always has. (See story, Page 1.)
People flocked to the center, which is run by the popular Murphy family. There golfers young and old, experienced and novice, took their best swings to have their ball land closest to the pin.
At stake was a chance to win some nice prizes — golf equipment or gift certificates to local restaurants and other businesses.
And there was the good-old fun aspect of the event, a chance to see some friends swing away.
But the stakes were truly higher. They involved making the holidays happier for families who are struggling and might not be able to put gifts under the Christmas tree without the Santa Fund’s help.
Golfers who participated paid $8 for a bucket of balls, and all the money goes to the Santa Fund.
Local organizations will make sure the money gets to people who can truly use some help in the coming holiday season.
Past hole-in-one contests have raised a total of almost $200,000 over the years. This year’s total is being tallied, but promises to be impressive.
We thank the Murphy family and friends who volunteered to make the annual contest a success.
We also thank those who took the time to come to the center and drop in a few bucks for the cause.
The community showed once again that when people are in need, their neighbors will show up to help.
Everyone can be proud of the accomplishment.