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October 26, 2021
 
Massachusetts Nonprofits Raise $241K via Golf Tournaments

September 19, 2021 — Three Massachusetts nonprofits—the Community Health Center of Cape Cod in Bourne, the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers in Cambridge, and Salem Hospital in Salem—recently collectively raised $241,500 in golf tournaments to support programs that advance their mission.

Community Health Center of Cape Cod Golf Tournament Sets a Record, Raising $80K

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod (CHCCC), which provides access to a broad range of health services for Cape residents regardless of their ability to pay, recently announced that it raised $80,00 at its 21st Annual Golf Tournament, held Sept. 13 at Pocasset Golf Club, the highest amount raised in the event’s history,.

CHCCC said the funds will support existing services.

“We are extremely thankful for the outstanding support of everyone who helped make this year’s Golf Tournament a success,” said Karen Gardner, chief executive officer of the center. “This event allows our health center to provide access to essential wrap-around services for the patients we serve, providing connections to resources for patients experiencing housing or food insecurity, helping individuals secure health insurance, providing translation services, and setting up engagement with a care team to help manage chronic and dynamic illnesses.”

Sponsors included Slade Mortgage, BizChecks Payroll, Bowdoin Construction Corp., Cape Cod Five, Chart Room, Commonwealth Purchasing Group, Dr. R. Bruce & Mrs. Mady Donoff, Falmouth Lumber, Group Brokerage Insurance Agency, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, MEDCOM Architectural Group, Northland Residential, Raponi Drywall & Plastering, and Southern Middlesex Industries, Inc.

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Golf Tournament Raises $55K

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), which helps to the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities gain access to health, education, and social services, recently announced that it raised $55,000 at the fourth Chip In for Charity Golf Tournament, held Sept. 10 at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough.

Funds will benefit the MAPS Senior Center in Cambridge, which resumed in-person services in June after more than 15 months of limited and remote services due to the pandemic. It provides linguistically and culturally competent case management and support to many Portuguese-speaking seniors with the goal of preventing isolation and promoting physical and mental health.

MAPS Executive Director Paulo Pinto said, “This year’s tournament was our most successful yet. We had more than 100 players join us, 37 amazing sponsors, and our online auction raised more than $3,500.”

Lead sponsors included Auxzillium IT Services & Solutions, Dunkin’ franchise owners Couto Management Group and Sardinha Family Trust, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Naveo Credit Union, and Rocco’s Restaurant and Bar.

In addition to a silent auction, the event featured a 50/50 raffle and breakfast.

Salem Hospital Golf Classic Raises Record-Setting $106K

Salem Hospital, the North Shore’s largest health care provider, part of Mass General Brigham, which serves the local community, recently announced that its annual Golf Classic, held Sept. 13 at the Salem Country Club, raised $106,500, setting a record.

Funds will support a community farm pilot program in Lynn and address food insecurity in the North Shore community.

Commonwealth Radiology was the lead sponsor.

Salem Hospital President David Roberts said, “The Community Farm Pilot Program is an important way we can help patients and residents nourish themselves with sustainably grown produce while helping to rebuild a sense of community after the social isolation of the pandemic. Our work to help nourish neighbors in need is more important than ever right now and we’re so grateful for those that came out to support our mission and play golf today.”

According to the hospital, food insecurity rose significantly during the pandemic and has yet to decline to pre-pandemic levels.

From 2019 to 2020, local food pantries in Lynn reported a 400% increase in demand, as many people lost jobs and income due to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. A recent survey in the city, reported that one in five Lynn residents faced food insecurity at some time over the past year.

Now screening patients for social determinants of health, such as access to safe housing, food and other necessities, Salem Hospital has quantified food insecurity as a key issue in the community.

“Nutrition directly affects health outcomes, including our ability to fight off disease, such as the COVID-19 virus,” said Dr. Christine Valdes, a family medicine specialist. “Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables is one way to keep our community healthy.”

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