By Pam Harnden, Livermore Falls Advertiser
LIVERMORE — The 10th Annual Colin J. Richard Memorial Golf Tournament found 67 people competing at Maple Lane Golf Course to raise money for Franklin County Special Olympics.
“We have a lot of sponsors, people who step up every year,” organizer Gary Desjardins said. “Coca-Cola of Farmington are wicked good people to deal with. They’re phenomenal.”
He said Keith Clardy, who grew up in Fayette, runs a large construction company in Carlsbad, California. Clardy sponsors the tournament every year. This year Tim Walton donated a sleeve of balls for all the players.
“All these people, year after year, are really in, supporting Special O,” Desjardins said.
Members of Jay AMVETS Post #33 have put together a year-round program for persons with intellectual disabilities in Franklin County.
Desjardins said the golf tournament is a major fundraiser. The other is the January auction held prior to the games at Sugarloaf.
“The tournament has been held about 15 years,” organizer Kent Mitchell said.
“There are about 160 intellectually disabled people in Franklin County we’re taking care of,” Desjardins said. “We take Special Olympics seriously.”
Thirteen teams of five players and one team of two made their way around the course in the 18-hole scramble. Some teams stopped to take group pictures before lining up to take their shots.
“They’ve been turning around at a pretty good pace,” volunteer Arline Amos said.
A 50/50 raffle and raffles on a variety of donated items would also raise money for Special Olympics, she said.
Gene Weed, with help from Rick Dalessandro, was roasting beef for the luncheon that would follow. Moments earlier, an errant ball had passed between where the two were standing in the trailer.
“It’s the best tasting roast beef, I’m telling you. He marinates it all day long. What I do best is watch Gene,” Dalessandro said.